Expressing and amplifying our distinctive and authentic North Queensland voice.


To be an inclusive platform for independent, experimental contemporary arts practice  in North Queensland.

Background of Umbrella Studio

Umbrella Studio sits at the nexus point north to Cairns, south to Mackay and west to Mt Isa. Umbrella Studio was established in 1986 as a working studio for a group of emerging Townsville artists as the only artist-run initiative, and the first professional artist organisation north of Brisbane. It became incorporated in 1989 with six core artists (Judy Watson, Vicki Lynn, Barbara Pierce, Trudi Prideaux, Helen Waterer and Stephen Hall) who paid the studio rent, as well as full members who attended meetings, and a growing associate membership base. In 1991, a controversial decision was made to grow beyond the voluntary artist-run structure and engage a full-time paid administrator. Since the early 1990s, Umbrella has been transformed from an artist collective offering practical studio based facilities, to a funded and professionally managed members based contemporary arts organisation, with an annual program of exhibitions, public programs and special events.

Members and Participants

Umbrella Studio is a member-based organisation with over 250 active members, and this number is steadily increasing. Members are committed to the principles of the organisation, and are frequent visitors. Most participate in at least 6 annual events, volunteer or donate to fundraising activities at least once a year, and have been Umbrella Studio members for 3 or more years.

Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022


Annual Reports

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