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August 8, 2018CIAF 2018 wrap up

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Umbrella has showcased work by Townsville artists at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) since the Fair began nine years ago and this year was our most successful yet. A diverse range of artworks were featured including prints, paintings and intricate Daris and masks by six artists including Martina Ah Sam, Toby Cedar, Shirley Dawson, Gail Mabo, Tommy Pau, and Obery Sambo. The high caliber of the Umbrella display attracted significant sales during the preview opening for museums, curators and collectors. Of particular note, the Bendigo Art Gallery purchased a shark mask by Toby Cedar which marks its first acquisition of a ‘traditional’ style Torres Strait Island artwork into their permanent collection. Overall exposure for Umbrella artists was substantial, with over 45,000 people attending the fair. Total sales for Umbrella in 2018 are the highest they have been in any year so far which is a wonderful achievement. Obery Sambo…
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June 4, 2018Sustainable Lighting upgrade project

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UPDATE 27/06/18: Wow thank you so much! We now just need $3,000 to complete the project!   UPDATE 14/06/18: We have received two large donations of $1,000ea and several smaller donations for a total of $2,780. We still need $15,536 to complete the project!   Sustainability is a key driver for operations at Umbrella Studio. In our last lease agreement we were able to work with our landlord to have solar panels installed on the roof which now power around 60% of the gallery! Make a tax-deductible donation this EOFY to help us with our next project.  ENERGY EFFICIENT GALLERY LIGHTING Last year we had a free consult with Ergon Energy about how to reduce our carbon footprint and save on electricity. The number one biggest “bang for buck” that we can make, is to change the gallery lighting. This is because currently we are on old tungsten lighting which is…
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May 8, 2018Overview – Andrew Bonneau’s portrait painting workshop

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We were recently fortunate to be able to host Archibald Prize finalist, artist Andrew Bonneau, for a three day portrait painting workshop. In the three days we worked entirely from the model, concentrating on head/shoulders of the sitter. The workshop studio space was lit so that the model had a lighter and a darker side, to assist in the transfer of a three-dimensional image onto our working surfaces. The seated model was on an elevated platform, which brought her eyesight approximately level with the artists at their easels. All aspects of the process were discussed and demonstrated, such as proportion, anatomy, consideration of perspective, an appreciation of the form in relation to the light source and with this in mind modelling the form in three dimensions. General and specific oil paint procedures were covered, including colour theory throughout. The painting surface was prepared prior to the workshop, and instructions were…
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Groovin the Moo 2018

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                  After many months of working on the Groovin the Moo community art project, we installed the teepees on Friday 4 May and went to check out the festival in action on Sunday 6 May 2018. Umbrella did 6 weeks of workshops to create our public art installation for the Groovin the Moo festival. The theme for this year’s festival was “Back to Craft”. Ann Bartholomeusz was the artist facilitator on this project working with Angela Little planning the artwork, delivering a series of community art workshops and then installing it at the festival. We had 40 people work over 200 hours to transform bamboo poles, garden netting and CDs into a giant crafty creation! We gave 35 free tickets to participants who attended 2 of the workshops and dedicated a minimum of 6 hours to the project. With a team of 6…
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April 17, 2018What’s going on with the Director?

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You might have heard it at our exhibition opening Friday night, or perhaps on the grapevine – but in any case, we thought our members would like to know what’s going on at the gallery. Director Jonathan McBurnie has been offered a 6-month temporary position as Creative Director – Galleries, Townsville City Council. This is a great opportunity for Jonathan’s professional development, and for Townsville’s galleries which are in some need of leadership. We are advertising to fill Jonathan’s position for 6 months – please check our “Work with us” page for those details if you know someone who could apply, and for the immediate time being, I will be acting as Director until the position is filled, having established relationships with our government partners. If you’ve recently submitted an exhibition application, they have been assessed by the selection panel and Jonathan has passed on the letters which will go out…
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March 26, 2018Call for artists: Andre Reynaud’s Festival 2018 project

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Hello. My name is André Reynaud and I have been put in charge of theming the Gregory Street entrance of Queen’s Garden for the Commonwealth Festival 2018. I have submitted a project that has been accepted. It consists of a Bamboo structure supported by 2 scaffolding towers ( 1.2m Wide, 2.4 m Long and 4.8 m High). I am planning on dressing that gate with pot plants, palms etc and having art works amongst it. I have been trying different ways of showing what I envisage and failed with a full blown 3D rendering (my poor computer crashed multiples times) so I resorted to making a model that hopefully will show what I am expecting to do. You will find attached to this mail a bunch of photograph of that model and 3 views ( Top, Side and Front) of a trim down 3D rendering, without plants and art works. The…
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February 8, 2018Update – Pop Up North Queensland 2018

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We would like to give interested PUNQ participants an update on where we’re at with Pop Up North Queensland for 2018. We still intend to continue the project alongside the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in July and August and even though the 2017 event was a success, unfortunately we haven’t yet had success in securing enough funding for this year’s event (sad face). The application with Tourism and Events Queensland was unsuccessful, with feedback that we needed more detail in our marketing plan to attract visitors from outside the Local Government Area. There was only one successful application in Townsville and the North Queensland region which was the Townsville Triathlon Festival. The other 31 funded events were outside North Queensland. Click on this link if you would like to see who was successful in receiving funding: http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/2018/1/12/queensland-events-benefit-from-funding-boost. The Festivals Australia grant was also unsuccessful, the program received a total…
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February 1, 2018Notice of 2017 AGM

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Umbrella Studio Association Incorporated is a not-for-profit contemporary arts organisation, which began as a space for emerging Townsville artists, and whilst retaining this, has evolved to become an important centre for contemporary art in North Queensland. Umbrella Studio recognises the need to build on its past achievements, and to continue to provide support for contemporary artists through its annual program of exhibitions and associated activities. 2017 Annual General Meeting 6:00pm Tuesday 27 March 2018 Umbrella Studio, 482 Flinders Street, Townsville Election of 2018 Management Committee All members are invited to attend the meeting and participate in the election of the 2018 Management Committee. A list of nominees and their statements will be available below and available from Umbrella Studio office from Tuesday 06 March 2018. If you are unable to attend the Annual General Meeting, you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.   Click to download nomination statements….
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January 22, 2018Compact Prints 2018 Registrations Open

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International Print Exhibition & Exchange 17 August – 25 September 2018 Umbrella Studio invites artists working in traditional and digital print media to participate in our biennial international print exhibition and exchange, Compact Prints 2018. The exhibition is a celebration of contemporary print practices, embracing traditional, non-toxic and technological methods. Works are to measure 12 x 12cm. There are a few changes this year! You only need to TWO prints from the same edition and you now can submit up to 3 entries instead of just one. Full details are listed on the website. Registrations opens on Monday 22 January 2018 Registrations close on Monday 14 May 2018 Prints are to be postmarked by 5pm Friday 29 June 2018 to Umbrella Studio. Click here participate in the exhibition


November 29, 2017Call for Exhibition: Expressions of Interest

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Umbrella artists are invited to show expressions of interest in being part of an exhibition highlighting portraits of people who have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is an health issue which is often ignored both privately and publicly and it is hoped the exhibition will heighten community awareness. It is expected the exhibition will take place at Umbrella Studio in 2019 but an expression of interest will need to be lodged by 28 February 2018. We hope to be able to provide a sitter who has experienced PTSD if you are unable to source your own. There is also a curatorial opportunity for someone who would like to coordinate the exhibition and curate the show. Please make your expression of interest in the exhibition and any questions you may have by clicking here to email Jan Hynes