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Commentary: Hand Printed Posters from North Queensland Artists

Alan Carpenter, Laura Castell, Jan Daly, Richard Gillespie, Sheree Kinlyside, Margot Laver, Johnathan McBurnie, Ron McBurnie, Eric Nash, Jill O’Sullivan, Bob Preston, Anneke Silver, Gabriel Smith, Maxine Smith and Sandra Wright.

Commentary is an extraordinary group exhibition co-ordinated by Townsville’s Red Rag Press, inviting artists of different generations to investigate the art of the letterpress poster. With a political bent, the exhibition seeks to highlight the importance, craft and power of the letterpress through the work of fifteen artists and a special contribution by Caren Florance artist in residence for the project 2017.

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Please note: The gallery will open at 1pm on Friday 9 November.

Exhibition Duration: 9 November – 16 December 2018

This exhibition was supported by the Regional Arts Development Fund, which is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Townsville Cuty Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Montages: the Full Cut 1999-2015

by Tracey Moffatt and Gary Hillberg

This exhibition presents the full suite of eight montage films by one off Australia's most successful artists ever artist Tracey Moffatt and her long-time collaborator Gary Hillberg. Exhibited all together for the first time, these works span 16 years of their collaborative practice, from the first montage work created in 1999 to the latest in 2015.
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Exhibition Duration:
9 November – 16 December 2018

Montages: The Full Cut, 1999 – 2015 was developed by Artspace, Sydney and is touring nationally in partnership with Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Come Closer

by Naomi O'Reilly

Naomi O’Reilly creates immersive video installations using macro photography to observe the bodily subject with a closeness and clarity that cannot be established without the intervention of the camera. These abstract and fragmented observations create momentary engagements with the fluctuating, fleshy form.
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Exhibition Duration:
9 November – 16 December 2018

Umbrella Pop Up Christmas Shop

A pop-up Christmas shop in the Umbrella access gallery space will feature art and handmade gifts by Townsville artists.

Support North Queensland's economy by buying local this festive season.

The shop will be open: 
Sunday 11 November to Sunday 16 December 2018.

Hello members!
We have had a bumper year with the Members’ show in 2018 with around 88 artworks on display – I think this is evidence of the prolific making happening here in the north, by people of all stages of their art journey. I’d like to thank Warwick Powell of Sister City Partners for again sponsoring and judging this show. This year Warwick awarded the $1000 prize to Gai Copeman for her work To a New Beginning. For the first time we offered several Highly Commended awards to Bernadette Boscacci, Warren Ogden and Lisa Ashcroft – congratulations everyone!
Umbrella has a fundraising target of $7000 to reach by the end of 2018, and we hope that the fine dining event Taste of Art will get us there. We invite you to join us on this culinary and art adventure, with a 3-course menu provided by the creative team at A Touch of Salt and an intriguing evening curated for you by Umbrella Studio. This is a BYO event for anyone who loves art and fine food and it will sell out. Treat yourself with this end of year celebration! There are limited tickets for this special one-off event, so book now at to avoid missing out!
For all those wondering about Pop-Up North Queensland (PUNQ), we have decided to make this a biannual event that ties in with Townsville’s art season, including Strand Ephemera and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM). The PUNQ dates for 2019 will be 2-11 August, overlapping with the final weekend of Strand Ephemera and AFCM and running for 10 days. We look forward to planning this with you in early 2019.
Finally, I urge you to join us at our final opening night of the year on Friday 9 November at 6pm. The main feature is a group exhibition called Commentary by Townsville’s Red Rag Press investigating the art of the letterpress poster. Featuring artists Alan Carpenter, Laura Castell, Jan Daly, Richard Gillespie, Sheree Kinlyside, Margot Laver, Jonathan McBurnie, Ron McBurnie, Eric Nash, Jill O’Sullivan, Bob Preston, Anneke Silver, Gabriel Smith, Maxine Smith and Sandra Wright, this is not to be missed. Alongside this, we are honoured to have a special travelling exhibition visiting us that features work by one of Australia’s most successful artists ever – Tracey Moffat. She is one of the few Australian artists to have established a global market for her work. An Indigenous filmmaker as well as photographer, Moffatt has held around 100 solo exhibitions of her work in Europe, the United States and Australia. Her films have been screened at the Cannes Film Festival, the Dia Centre for the Arts in New York and the National Centre for Photography in Paris. Join us for this cinema-style experience featuring the full suite of her eight montage films created with Gary Hillberg.
We will also launch our 2018 Christmas Pop-Up shop at the opening on Friday 9 November at 6pm and running until 16 December. Each object has been created using traditional artisanal skills or contemporary design – often a delightful combination of the two. Get your Christmas shopping started early!
See you soon, and until then, happy making!

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We invite you to join us on a culinary and art adventure, with a 3-course menu provided by the creative team at A Touch of Salt and an intriguing evening curated for you by Umbrella Studio. This is a BYO event for anyone who loves art and fine food and it will sell out.

Suitable for groups of all sizes and perfect for everyone from a pair of friends to a small business unique Christmas experience!

There are limited tickets for this one off special event, so book now on our website to avoid missing out.

Roadmap for the Arts

Arts Queensland are developing a 10 year Roadmap for the Arts Sector which will set the tone for Queensland Government funding for many years to come. The Queensland Government have commenced consultation on the Roadmap and are seeking feedback due by 18 December 2018.
Don’t miss your chance to have your say! It is important that our regional voice is heard in this conversation. You can do this by:

completing the online survey
Have your say and complete our online survey here

writing to Arts Queensland
A detailed written submission can be sent:
or writing to:
Creating Queensland’s future consultation
Arts Queensland
GPO Box 1436
Brisbane QLD 4001

attending a public forum
Arts Queensland will be coordinating a range of public forums, and Umbrella has been invited to host one for north Queensland from 1-3pm on 29 November 2018. If you would like to attend a public forum, please email

PechaKucha Night VOL.20 @ Umbrella

6pm - 9:45pm 20 December 2018

PechaKucha Night Townsville has enlisted a dynamic list of speakers for their 20th event. Come along and join in the conversation for bit of inspirational “chit- chat” All welcome! Speakers will give presentations of 20 images, each for 20 seconds.
WWU tours to Artspace Wodonga

Arriving at its fourth venue in 2018, Alison McDonald's touring exhibition, Wanton Wild & Unimagined has been on display at Artspace Wodonga, VIC. The exhibition is officially opened on 2 November and will be on display until 1 December 2018. That's it for 2018 - with the tour carrying on into 2019! The tour is managed by Museums and Galleries QLD.


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.

Sydney Contemporary Art Fair Review

By Jill O'Sullivan

The Sydney Contemporary Art Fair has just presented its fifth major expo. Beginning as a biennial event in 2013, the Fair is now an annual event that presents works through International and Australian galleries plus artists and art groups. This year the Fair showcased 87 galleries, over 300 artists and had sales of over 21 million dollars. The Fair is held in the old Eveleigh railway carriage and blacksmith workshops dating from the 1880s and is a very interesting building. Sandi Hook and I attended the Fair for 3 nights and 4 days starting with the Wednesday Preview night. The fair was divided into sectors: Galleries (established International and Australian galleries), Future (emerging artists and new work from new galleries), Paper Contemporary (in association with the Print Council of Australia focusing…

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Here are some photos from the last five weeks of you – our community, with usat Umbrella Studio.

(its been quite a busy few months!)
Welcome to our new Members!

Leela Chakravarti, Susan Mattocks, Annabel Evens and Josie Kearney.
Member of the Month: Gerald Soworka

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Gerald Soworka, Homage to Wosnan. Uncontained (detail),
2018, Pen and pastel on coffee stained Stonehenge paper, 36 x 69 cm
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Anneke Silver, Abundance at Yunbanun (Magnetic Island) (2017),
Mixed media on canvas,61 x 61 cm
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