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Umbrella is a not-for-profit members based contemporary visual arts organisation located in Townsville North Queensland; one of the few located outside of a capital city. We offer a program of exhibitions, multi-media, performance art, workshops, artist talks and associated events. Umbrella also provides industry advocacy policies and planning as well as assisting state and federal agencies to engage directly with contemporary visual artists.

Our growing membership is made up of artists, curators, writers, and a diverse range of arts lovers from our region, around Australia and overseas.

By becoming a member of Umbrella, you will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Access to purchase exclusive Print Commission at members’ pricing
  • Participate in our annual Members’ Exhibition
  • Discounts on Umbrella-produced workshops and events
  • 10% off framing at Top Frames picture framers
  • Ability to join as a member of the Umbrella Studio (for an additional fee)
  • Voting rights at our Annual General Meeting
  • Be a part of a leading community based contemporary arts organisation
  • Issues of our eNewsletter which includes invitations to all exhibition openings, workshops, artist talks and events
  • Eligibility to exhibit at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts
  • Potential inclusion on the Umbrella Board
  • Access to professional support services including auspiced grants
  • Reasonable rates for venue hire and hiring the printing presses and Makerspace

Image: Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts founding members at the opening of 222 Sturt Street Gallery, 1989: (left to right top) Judy Watson, Stephen Hall, Margaret Wilson, (left to right bottom) Anne Lord, Helen Waterer and Anneke Silver. 

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