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Catch the last few days of PUNQ (including pop-up shops, workshops and events) and Legacy: Reflections on Mabo before seeing our August exhibitions:
Exhibitions launching next week:
 

The title of this exhibition relates to an elemental way of being and moving through the world. The environment of objects and images presented by Bernadette Boscacci reflects her artistic enquiries into her own creative journey and deep love of nature. The exhibition marks 20 years since Bernadette returned to live and work in Townsville, and 20 years since her first solo exhibition at Umbrella Studio.

Please note the exhibition will be held in a temporary location at downstairs 380 Flinders Street.
Exhibition Duration: 16 August to 22 September 2019.

Shelter, landscape and social fabric are essentially linked and unique to prevailing circumstances. In this exhibition a familiar theme is revisited in work initiated in response to word of humanitarian crises where the seeking of shelter or sanctuary is paramount.

Please note the exhibition will be held in a temporary location at downstairs 380 Flinders Street.
Exhibition Duration: 16 August to 22 September 2019.

Hello everyone,
 
What an incredibly busy month it has been! Thanks to everyone who came along to the opening of our Legacy: Reflections on Mabo exhibition, which was a headline act as part of Townsville City Council’s North Australian Festival of the Arts (NAFA). We had around 150 people at the opening, and approximately four times our normal daily visitation in our temporary gallery space in the CBD (over 1200 visitors so far). Now is your last chance to see the show, wrapping up on Sunday 11 August.
 
We are also currently running the Pop-Up North Queensland (PUNQ) Festival, with exciting workshops, events and artisan objects for sale. We have over 20 artist groups occupying empty shops in the Flinders Street CBD area - primarily in Northtown Shopping Centre, with some across the road near Perc Tucker Regional Art Gallery, and others in the Bulletin Square. These kicked off with a fabulous launch night with Townsville City Council’s Townsville Eats, featuring live acts curated by Umbrella, with shops open until Sunday 11 August. There’s still time to check them out! More information available here https://www.umbrella.org.au/punq/ .
 
Other great news is that we recently signed a lease on a new home for our beloved Umbrella Studio. We will be moving into the ex-Overflow shop next to Mary Who Bookshop at 408 Flinders Street, CBD. Similar to the old Umbrella building, this include two floors – one for the gallery/office/shop, and a downstairs studio for our printing presses, artmaking and storage, with rear carpark access. Works have commenced on the new space to make it ready for use as a gallery/studio, and we hope to announce a move-in date soon.
 
In sad news, we acknowledge the recent passing of much-loved Umbrella member Alan Valentine. We sincerely thank him and his family for their generosity. See below a beautifully worded missive from Alan Marlowe about this.
 
Looking forward to seeing you all at the opening of fabulous upcoming shows by Bernadette Boscacci and Barbara Pierce on Friday 16 August.
 
Until then, happy making!
 
Warm regards,
 
Kellie

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Belonging: Members' Exhibition Update


Just a reminder that the Members' Exhibition has been moved to the end of the year. Time to start making!
Full dates are now on our website and deadlines for reference below:


Entries Close - 5pm Friday 18 October 2019
Delivery of Works - Friday 1 November, Sunday 3 November, or Monday 4 November (during regular opening hours)
Exhibition Opening - Friday 8 November (until 15 December)

Welcome to new staff member Sue Luxon!


Sue is with us part time on Sundays and Tuesdays. Please make her feel welcome when you see her at Umbrella.

Sue completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts, and a Master of Creative Arts Qualifying (Honours equivalent) course at James Cook University, and has been a practising artist & illustrator for twenty-five years. She has worked in a variety of art, educational and retail environments both in North Queensland and the Northern Territory. Her illustration work has been published on signage and in booklets for several government agencies and businesses. Also, she has completed numerous commissions for private clients. In her spare time, Sue enjoys reading, painting, bushwalking, meditation and being creative.

Call Out - Underwater Museum Staff Recruitment

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN - There is a unique opportunity for two local artists to be engaged as contractors to assist world-renowned artist Jason deCaires Taylor as he constructs eco-sculptures in Townsville this September / October as part of the MOUA - Museum of Underwater Art. These are paid positions and will be labour intensive.

See Position Description here. 

Vale Alan Valentine


Last month we learned of the news that Alan Valentine had passed away. I always thought of him as the quiet genius, and one of Umbrella's most supportive members. He was also one of our longest members of the association. Alan had been involved in many workshops over the years, sharing his skills among the community. A fond memory I have of Alan... or rather his works... is that they were often kinetic - moving with physical interaction from the viewer. I used to video them for our Instagram feed because a photo could never capture their true nature. He used to ask me to email him a copy of the videos. You can still see some on the Umbrella Instagram. Angela and I also used to make special labels for his work saying "It's okay to touch this one" as most people know better than to touch works in a gallery. He was a very generous man - his work was very popular and he sold it frequently in members' exhibitions. He would often choose to donate his sales to Umbrella rather than take his artist payment. He saw that his actions could benefit generations of artists to come and the community. 
 
Even after his passing, Umbrella has been generously left with both equipment and further donations in his memory. These gifts will help to grow and enhance Umbrella's studio/maker space and workshop offerings. It would be remiss to not acknowledge the hours of volunteering put in by his Umbrella family - Jan, Marion and Candace who organised his farewell at Umbrella and the donations. To me, Alan's spirit lives on in this way. When we act with the intention of togetherness and family as he did, we can honour his life. 
 
Thank you Alan. For your creations, your gifts, and all the memories. 
 
In loving memory, your Umbrella family. 
 
- Alan Marlowe 
 

Stephen Bennett Invites you to an Arty Evening!


Stephen Bennett is having a second exhibition of his artwork in his home, following the exhibition held at Umbrella Studio in January which was impacted by the monsoon. He is fundraising again for the Womens Veterans network. Stephen wishes to extend the invitation again to Umbrella members and networks. 

PRIVATE SHOW - ONE NIGHT ONLY
11 Cannan St, South Townsville
5pm-9pm 27 August 2019
No RSVP required
 
"And, yes, there will be wine and nibbly things…"
Download Arts e-bulletin for August 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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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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