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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo, and the ongoing influence and impact he has had on Australian society and culture. This travelling exhibition brings together 25 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, 27 years after this historic achievement. Each artist has responded to an aspect of Mabo they were drawn to, whether it was his life, politics, activism or legacy. The artworks come together in surprising ways, with reverence, compassion, anger, sadness and respect, celebrating a man who was both a rebel and a dreamer.

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Please note: The gallery will open for a Curator's Conversation at 5pm followed by the opening function at 6pm.
Exhibition Duration: 5 July to 11 August 2019

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is a travelling exhibition presented by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. It has been generously assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Program; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments; the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland; Wendy Brooks and Partners; and the Australian Communities Foundation through the Beecher Family Charitable Fund.

Pop-Up North Queensland (PUNQ) 2019 - coming soon!

Hello everyone,
There a number of exciting things happening over the next month. The world premiere of Umbrella’s landmark travelling exhibition Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is on Friday 5 July, part of Townsville City Council’s North Australian Festival of the Arts (NAFA) program. Curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and myself, this is the first major exhibition to explore the life and legacy of Eddie Koiki Mabo from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives; and the first to incorporate significant curatorial direction by the Mabo family. This exhibition is committed to tour for more than four years around Australia. It marks a new level of artistic standard and touring capacity for Umbrella – Australia’s longest running regional contemporary art space, now in its 33rd year. Please note the Legacy opening is occurring in the ex-Pop-Up Percivals space on Flinders Street opposite Woolworths (a few shops up from Umbrella’s temporary home).
Further, the launch of the 2019 edition of our Pop-Up North Queensland (PUNQ) is on Friday 26 July as part of Townsville Eats. Umbrella has worked with Council to make the most of this 10,000 strong captive audience – we have programmed PUNQ live performances on the Townsville Eats stages, including the Diffraction Collective, Ukestra and others. We will have a PUNQ tent where volunteers will be giving out programs so punters can plan their PUNQ activities for the following week. Around 17 PUNQ shops will throw open their doors on the night to give people a taste test of the great things to come, and several guided tours of the PUNQ shops will depart from the Umbrella tent each hour. The official PUNQ program will kick off on 2 August in the central CBD, this year centred solely on Flinders Street.
I know the main question on most people’s minds at the moment is ‘when will Umbrella be moving into its new home’? We have been negotiating a lease on a new space for some months, and are on the precipice of signing. Once this occurs we are looking forward to announcing where we will be moving to (within the central CBD area). I can tell you that the space includes two floors – one for a gallery/shop/office, and one floor for a studio space/storage, much like the old Umbrella. We worked hard to make sure we found a space suitable to house our printing presses. The good news is that this building is also significantly larger than the old Umbrella space which will allow us to improve our operations. Being centrally located in the CBD we also expect to see increased foot traffic to help boost gallery visitation and artists’ sales. The minute the lease is signed we will be reaching out to tell everyone about our moving timeline and how you can be involved. And yes, there will be a housewarming party!
Lastly, thank you to everyone who has donated so far to help with our campaign to cover some of the costs associated with the flood impact on our beloved Umbrella. There is still time to donate, and every dollar is tax deductible.
See you very soon.
Warm regards,


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If you love Umbrella and what our gallery offers the community, now couldn't be a better time to show your support. Due to the Townsville flood/monsoonal rain this year, Umbrella needs to be relocated to a new home. Our beloved home of 16 years is sadly no longer suitable for use as a gallery since the flood. The costs of moving are substantial. We have flood-related costs totalling over $80,000 - some already spent to get us out of the old space, and some quoted for moving into a new space. Thankfully we have been able to access government support to cover some of these costs. We need your help to cover the remaining gap of around $30,000. In order to keep providing artists with opportunities to exhibit their artworks, we need to fit out an alternative space with at least a basic setup suitable for a gallery (e.g. reinstalling our specialist lighting tracks, three phase power to support our printing presses, appropriate walls to hang on with a painted finish etc). 
With your help we can turn this natural disaster into an opportunity for a great future for Umbrella's members and the Townsville community. Every donation is tax deductible. We'd love to invite you to the new place once we have moved in - we'll be contacting donors by email to let them know when they can visit our new gallery space.  

Umbrella has been serving the Townsville arts community for three decades, and we want to ensure that it continues to do so for another three, so please consider making a donation before the end of this financial year. It is important, now more than ever, that we seek your support to continue our mission.
With the end of the tax year approaching, now is the perfect time to make a tax-deductible donation to Umbrella Studio. We can mail or email you a tax-deductible gift receipt for your donation. Every dollar helps! 
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Bon Voyage Angela!

It is bittersweet that we must farewell Angela Little, as she leaves us for a new chapter of life in Brisbane. Angela has worked in the role of Gallery and Media Coordinator at Umbrella Studio for over seven years. Her work across exhibitions, public programs, design and marketing has helped to grow Umbrella from strength to strength. Her professionalism, can-do attitude and sense of humour have endeared her to her colleagues, local artists, Umbrella members and the community at large. 

Staff and members celebrated Angela (and her love of cheese) at a going away party on Thursday night. Angela will be missed, but we wish her all the best.

Welcome Daniel!

We welcome Daniel Qualischefski to take over the role of Gallery and Media Coordinator. Daniel comes to Townsville with a wealth of experience from Toowoomba where he has worked in exhibitions and public program coordination at various art galleries. He holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne and degrees in visual arts from University of Southern Queensland. Daniel is a practising visual artist, working under the pseudonym of Danish Quapoor

Daniel is currently working alongside Angela in a lengthy handover process - so if you are visiting the gallery / Umbrella office - make sure you introduce yourself and get to know our new staff member!

Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2019

We are excited to be heading to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) on the 8th July! This will be our 10th year representing artists at this incredible celebration of our First Nations peoples’ art and culture. Artists included this year are Martina Ah Sam, Toby Cedar, Shirley Dawson, Gail Mabo and Obery Sambo. It is an incredible weekend if you have the time to travel up to Cairns – the opening night party is Thursday 11 July, with the Fair officially opening to the public Friday-Sun, 12-14th July. See you there!
Image: Martina Ah Sam, Tree Springs, 2019, Painting on canvas, 100 x 108cm.
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