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The Partnershipping Project

Working with a groundbreaking touring model, The Partnershipping Project features the work of twenty regionally-based artists responding to the question “does place still matter”? Touring from Burnie (TAS) to Townsville (QLD), Lismore (NSW) and Mt. Gambier (SA) and back, each iteration of the exhibition, installed in eight small boats, will offer different regional perspectives on pressing global problems.

Queensland artists involved in the project are: Anne Lord, Brian Robinson, Gail Mabo, Rob Douma and Vanghoua Anthony Vue.

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Please note: The gallery will open at 1pm on Friday 17 May.

Exhibition Duration: 17 May - 23 June 2019

The Partnershipping Project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia program.

Where to with Water?

by Townsville Watercolour Group

Where to with Water? presents a group of experimental works in which members of the Townsville Watercolour Group challenge and extend their usual practice and vision by exploring unfamiliar and unusual methods, techniques and subject matter.
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Exhibition Duration:
17 May - 23 June 2019

Insights into our Environment

North Queensland Conservation Council’s invitational exhibition and fundraising auction of collectable miniature artworks by artists who care about the environment.

Auction: Friday 21 June 2019
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Exhibition Duration:
17 May - 23 June 2019
Hello everyone,
I hope you are all well. I’m thrilled about the reception we received for our first suite of exhibitions opened since the flood. We had around 80 people at the opening night for what have been some wonderful shows – thankyou to everyone who came out to support us. Your last chance to see these engaging shows before they come down will be this Sunday.
Don’t forget that we are still in our temporary gallery space at 380 Flinders Street generously provided by Townsville City Council. We have re-commenced Sunday trading from 9am-1pm in line with the Cotter’s Markets trading hours. We have had a large number of new visitors recently which is testament to now being located in the central CBD area.
I’m looking forward to seeing you all at our next exhibition opening Friday 17 May. The Main Space show celebrates a major project that Umbrella has been a part of over the past year – The Partnershipping Project, curated by Pat Hoffie and Rosemary Miller. This show is a wonderful example of a truly collaborative exhibition model, where the show evolves and grows over the course of time across four different regional areas in Australia. Queensland artists Anne Lord, Rob Douma, Gail Mabo, Anthony Vue and Brian Robinson have been commissioned to create new works for the Townsville iteration. Join us for a Curator’s Floor Talk at 5pm the night of the opening, followed by a Panel Discussion with the artists on Sunday 19 May.  
I’m also excited to announce that we have recently received $180,387 in new funding from the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Program to support a three year national tour of our Legacy: Reflections on Mabo exhibition. This major exhibition curated and produced by Umbrella will launch in Townsville on 5 July 2019. The curatorial team for this project includes Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and myself.
Until then, happy making!
Warm regards,

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AGM Notice

5:30pm Monday 10 June 2019
Umbrella Studio, 380 Flinders Street, Townsville
Election of 2019 Management Committee

All members are invited to attend the meeting and participate in the election of the 2019 Management Committee.A list of nominees and their statements will be available below and available from Umbrella Studio office from Monday 20 May 2019. If you are unable to attend the Annual General Meeting, you can appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

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For one night only, the next generation of creatives will present their final projects. JCU Media students have partnered with local organisations to develop a range of exciting and professional digital materials to be used for marketing, video artwork as well as web-based social media and crowd funding. 

Twenty-six 3rd year students have gained valuable real-world experience working in collaboration with five key organisations, Umbrella Studio, La Luna Youth Arts, North Queensland Conservation Council, Townsville City Council Gallery Services and Jimirara Wildlife Conservation and Research Centre. 

The launch is open to the public and will showcase the value our Media Arts students contribute to enhancing our creative community.  These projects demonstrate the broad range of creative talent graduating from our course. The projects showcase third-year photographers, designers, videographers and digital sound composers.

Refreshments will be served.

WWU tour to Redland Art Gallery

Arriving at its third venue in 2019, Alison McDonald's touring exhibition, Wanton Wild & Unimagined has just opened in Redland Art Gallery. The exhibition is officially opened on 3 May and will be on display until 23 June 2019. The tour is managed by Museums and Galleries Queensland.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program; and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.

Groovin the Moo 2019

We had another successful year at the Groovin the Moo music festival, with our suitcase works of art being suspended above the 20,000 people that attended the one-day festival.

Our suitcase chandeliers were created by more than 90 participants who attended our community art workshops through March and April. Thanks to all those involved - we couldn't do it without you!

If you missed them at Groovin the  Moo - the suitcase artworks will be next on show at the Palm Creek Folk Festival and then at Bulletin Square as part of the Northern Australian Art Festival.
Download April's Arts e-bulletin for loads of opportunities, competitions, awards, grants, funding as well as many other creative events happening around town.
Here are some photos from the last five weeks of you – our community,
with us – at Umbrella Studio.
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts is registered as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) with the Australian Taxation Office. Donations to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts are tax deductible for amounts of $2 or more. Your generosity will be invested in our creative program so we can extend the program and provide professional services to artists whilst presenting and promoting them and their work.

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