05/12/2015Update on Arts Funding

Arts Protest

Most of you know about $120 million unexpectedly ripped from the Australia Arts Council (by George Brandis former Minister for the arts), for a discretionary Excellence in the Arts Fund. This huge reduction in arts funding was going to impact individual artists and small to medium arts organisations, like Umbrella.  In response I submitted one of the 2,719 submissions and was one of 218 representations from artists and organisations in 10 public hearings across the nation. (I want to thank Tony and Alan for their support during my stomach churning conference call to the Senate hearing being held in Cairns.) The Townsville based organisations who also gave evidence, are AFCM, Dance North, Full Throttle and Lorna Hempstead on behalf of Theatre NQ. I am very proud of what we achieved as an organisation and as a sector. Our participation highlights the important role Umbrella plays as an advocate on behalf…
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03/12/2015Farewell from Vicki Salisbury


It is with mixed emotions that I have to let you know that I have resigned as Director of Umbrella Studio. I honestly cannot believe I’ve been in the role since 2006. Umbrella has been one of the most satisfying experiences in my 30 + year career as an arts administrator. While I am excited about the new opportunities that I will be pursing, I will always remember my time as Director at Umbrella Studio with great fondness. On a more personal note, let me express my gratitude for the wonderful opportunities for professional growth and development provided through Umbrella over my time here. I have learned so much and have greatly enjoyed working with such a dynamic team of staff, board members, artists, and creative collaborators. I remain at the helm through January to ensure a smooth handover. I am looking forward to writing and performing music and spending…
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