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January 2020

Nick Drake – overThink

31 January - 15 March
| Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts |, 408 Flinders St
Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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The Promise Nick Drake

Nick Drake explores diverse themes and reflections from his life, amalgamated under a desire to make sense of this fast-paced world. Drake’s works speak of escape – from a structured life, from dull routines, and into a world of creativity and imagination. Join Umbrella Studio at 6pm on Friday 31 January 2020 for the launch of overThink and Emily Donaldson's Pandanus in the Desert. RSVP to the opening event here. Hear more from the exhibiting artists at a Floortalk at 11am on Saturday 1 February. RSVP to the floortalk event here.…

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Emily Donaldson – Pandanus in the Desert

31 January - 15 March
| Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts |, 408 Flinders St
Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Castle-Hill-scrub

Painting and sculpture converge in Emily Donaldson’s exhibition Pandanus in the Desert, responding to the artist's experience within the diverse landscapes of Queensland. This series of artworks celebrates the impressions of the northern terrain and is dedicated to landscape and its varying forms. Join Umbrella Studio at 6pm on Friday 31 January for the launch of Pandanus in the Desert and Nick Drake's overThink. RSVP to the opening event here. Hear more from the exhibiting artists at a Floortalk at 11am on Saturday 1…

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February 2020
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Oil Painting Workshop with Emily Donaldson

23 February @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Please note this event has been re-scheduled and will now run on Sunday February 23 instead of February 16 Join Umbrella and Emily Donaldson for a 3hr landscape oil painting workshop from 9:30am-12:30pm on Sunday 23 February. Participants of all skill levels can enjoy painting impasto landscapes and learn new techniques in a fun and relaxed environment. Please bring reference photographs (either printed or on a digital device) and your own materials if you have a preference. All other materials will be provided. Tickets $80…

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March 2020
Robert Crispe, Brumbies (Michael Smith)

Group Exhibition – Brumbies

20 March - 26 April
| Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts |, 408 Flinders St
Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Brumbies is a multi-disciplinary work exploring notions of legacy, nature, urban environments, emotion and conflict. Robert Crispe (videographer and director), Michael Smith and Jack Ziesing (choreographers and performers) have together crafted cinematic responses to questions of identity, place and  purpose within the world. Brumbies is an ongoing project that seeks to involve additional artists, makers and creatives over time. Image:  Robert Crispe, Brumbies (Michael Smith), 2018, digital photograph, 4240 x 2384px.

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Jac Hawthorn – Translation

20 March - 26 April
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Afternoon-Rose

Jac Hawthorn’s mixed media and sculptural works portray everyday people interwoven with innovative nuances. The intention of the artist is to invite viewers to contemplate the underlying stories of these individuals and to initiate memory connected introspection. Image: Jac Hawthorn, Afternoon Rose, 2007, watercolour on paper, 15 x 23cm.

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Peter Minon – Searching for Nuance

20 March - 26 April
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Peter Minon graphically explores connections and disruptions in the harmonies of nature. The artist’s recent experimental works engage mould-making techniques and resin casts to extend on concepts explored previously in two-dimensional mediums. Image:  Peter Minon, Attack Snape (prototype) (detail), 2019, PVC, resin, found objects and oil paint, 15 x 15cm.

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May 2020

Neil Binnie – Urban Construct

1 May - 7 June
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Neil Binnie’s practice is largely centred on geometric abstraction and his response to the built environment. The artist employs photography, painting and works on paper to visualise the evolving space in Townsville’s urban landscape. Image: Neil Binnie, Untitled Study (detail), 2019, Oil on paper, collage, 10 x 14cm.

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Stephen Coutts – Pareidolia and the Subconscious

1 May - 7 June
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Main Street Leviathan

Stephen Coutts’ exhibition explores the link between ‘pareidolia,’ a phenomenon where the mind responds to a stimulus by seeing familiar forms where none exist, and the subconscious. The resultant works include drawings, prints and sculptures which invite subjective responses and degrees of perceived meaning. Image: Stephen Coutts, Main Street Leviathan, 2019, Rosegum, Satin Sycamore and wire, 45 x 38 x 7.5cm.

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Katya Venter – Anatomical Venus

1 May - 7 June
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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The title and theme of this exhibition were drawn from Katya Venter’s interest in visual representations of the female body in visual arts. The drawing and video projection installation continues to explore the complex relationship between living and dying, beauty and the macabre. Image: Katya Venter, Ode to Anatomical Venus (detail), 2019, Drawing and mixed media on paper, 80cm x 350cm.

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June 2020

Group Exhibition – Mudpickers

12 June - 12 July
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Mudpickers features artists Jane Hawkins, Rhonda Payne, Bronwyn Smith, Lauren Jaye Carter, Hannah Murray and Suzannah Babicci. The exhibition collectively maps the artists’ experiences with place and an investigation of memory and history. The works reflect a shared interest in trawling across the mudflats of Townsville to find hidden treasures in the layers, colours, textures and botanical forms. Image: Jane Hawkins, Remnants (detail, work in progress), 2018, Plaster and rust, 36cm wide each.

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Tony Lamont – Our Internal Shadows

12 June - 12 July
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Chest 163 Turtle rock again

Tony Lamont’s highly saturated digital prints recontextualise elements from black and white chest X-rays. The digital image processes are cathartic to the artist, relieving stressful years he spent working in clinical medicine and radiology. The images also illuminate spiritual aspects of medical processes - “seeing” through the dark glass of technology internal bodily structures, things not visible to the naked eye. Image: Tony Lamont, Chest 163, Turtle Rock again (detail), 2017, Archival ink on studio jet gloss photo paper, 59.4 x…

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Young Indigenous Printmakers

12 June - 12 July
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Linocut prints created by local high school students during skills development workshops with established artists at their schools & in the Umbrella Studio makerspace. Image: William Ross State High School Students collaborative piece, 2018 Young Indigenous Printmakers exhibition. This collaborative outreach project is a partnership with Townsville City Council Galleries.

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July 2020

Group Exhibition – Deadly NQ Artists

17 July - 23 August
| Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts |, 408 Flinders St
Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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The long Walk

Programmed as part of the 2020 North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA), this exhibition celebrates North Queensland First Nations artists. Image:  Shirley Dawson, The Long Walk (detail), 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 182cm.

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Jenny Mulcahy – Liminal Space

17 July - 23 August
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Jenny Mulcahy’s Liminal Space  is a significant show featured alongside NAFA’s Deadly NQ Artists. The exhibition explores that brink on which we teeter in a rapidly changing world. Image: Jenny Mulcahy, Trough series (detail), 2020, Steel and ceramic, 90 x 4 x 3cm.

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Donna Beningfield – A Question of Counterpoint

17 July - 23 August
| Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts |, 408 Flinders St
Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Local artist Donna Beningfield pushes her exploration into portraiture by working with her sitters to develop emotional responses to their past and present lives.  Beningfield transposes the marks of the sitters onto canvas, layered with her own process of mark making. Image: Donna Beningfield, John Casey & Wayne McDonald: Spirit Life (detail), 2019, Acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 152 x 91cm.

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August 2020

Marion Gaemers & Lynette Griffiths – Final Curtain

28 August - 4 October
| Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts |, 408 Flinders St
Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Griffiths and Gaemers have been collaborating together for many years. Together again, they are continuing to work with ghost net, beach rope and plastic rubbish. Investigating how this dilemma is impacting our life and the environment, with manipulated suggestions toward future morphosis. Image: Marion Gaemers & Lynette Griffiths, Estuarine still life, 2019, Abandoned shopping trolley, steel rod, wire, ghost net, beach rope. Photographer: Lynnette Griffiths .

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Group Exhibition – Compact Prints

28 August - 4 October
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Jill O'Sullivan, Falling Leaves, 2018, Etching and spirit aquatint, 12 x 12cm

The Compact Prints international exhibition and exchange has been Umbrella Studio’s signature biennial exhibition since 2002. It has evolved into a significant benchmark of international engagement for printmakers across the globe. It is also a fundraising event for Umbrella Studio, as a not-for-profit organisation. We welcome you to this fun auction evening! Image: Jill O'Sullivan, Falling Leaves, 2018, Etching and spirit aquatint, 12 x 12cm.

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October 2020

Karike Ashworth – Lamentation

13 October - 15 November
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Dr Karike Ashworth is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Brisbane. Her creative practice consists of time-based media, performance, text, objects and installations. Guest curated by Kellie Williams, this exhibition is comprised of works from Ashworth’s practice over the past six years. Image: Karike Ashworth, Pillows (detail), 2013. 6 x objects at 15 x 68 x 40cm.

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Robyn Glade-Wright & Barbara Dover – Disquiet: Ecological Anxieties & Transformation

13 October - 15 November
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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This touring exhibition by James Cook University Associate Professor Robyn Glade-Wright & Dr Barbara Dover considers the millions of tonnes of plastic that are discarded into the environment every year, and the resultant feelings of anxiety, anguish and grief. These artists use found plastic marine debris to create works that amplify and raise questions about such ecological destruction and how to move forward as individuals and a nation. Image: Barbara Dover, Decoy, 2018, Found far north Queensland squid hooks, metal, glue,…

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Anne Bartholemeusz – Residency Exhibition

13 October @ 8:00 am - 15 November @ 5:00 pm
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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sugar-shaker

This body of work is the result of Ann Bartholemeusz’s residency with PressNorth Printmakers. Image: Ann Bartholomeusz, Sugar-shaker (detail), Digital print, 21 x 29cm.

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November 2020

The Future: Umbrella Members’ Exhibition & Bamford Medical Art Prize

20 November - 16 December
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Belonging 2019

This exhibition highlights the talent and creativity of Umbrella Studio artists annually. Featuring works by Umbrella’s 300+ members, this year’s exhibition presents works responding to interpretations of the timely theme ‘The Future’. The exhibition features a $1000 art prize generously sponsored by Bamford Medical Practice. Application details for 2020 will soon be updated and published here: https://umbrella.org.au/annual-members-exhibition/ Image: Belonging: 2019 Members’ Exhibition & Bamford Medical Art Prize (room view).

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Gerald Soworka – Drawn to Pressure

20 November - 16 December
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Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Bhutan sketches CXXIX

This exhibition presents the results of Gerald Soworka’s residency with PressNorth Printmakers. The works were developed from Soworka’s sketches produced during his time in Bhutan and other exotic places. Image: Gerald Soworka, Bhutan sketches CXXIX (detail), 2018, Ink and watercolour, 21 x 30cm.

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Young Indigenous Printmakers

20 November - 16 December
| Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts |, 408 Flinders St
Townsville, QLD 4810 Australia
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Linocut prints created by local high school students during skills development workshops with established artists at their schools & in the Umbrella Studio makerspace. Image: William Ross State High School Students collaborative piece, 2018 Young Indigenous Printmakers exhibition. This collaborative outreach project is a partnership with Townsville City Council Galleries.

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