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Wednesday 28 September 2022
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Creative Industries | Photography for artists

5:30-7pm Fri 14 October

Creative Industries | Photography for artists

$30-$40 | Alan Marlowe
Creative Industries | Photography for artists

Alan Marlowe photographing work in How to be a Good Doll by Katya Venter.

Join Umbrella's Business and Partnerships Manager Alan Marlowe for a session providing processes and tips for artists to take photographs of their artworks. Alan will speak about the importance of high-quality photographs and how they can improve exhibition applications, art award entries and the online presence of artists. He will provide suggestions for easy and accessible ways to take good photos at home or in the studio. Participants are encouraged to bring their own digital cameras and / or smartphones with cameras. Feel free to also bring an artwork you might be having trouble photographing at home. All other materials will be provided. 

Previous participants from Photography for artists sessions:
“Alan gave a great presentation, very professional and very informative.”
“Very good presentation, showed how to photograph without a lot of expensive equipment, and explained reasons for methods shown.”
“Very engaging facilitator - great information - look forward to more workshops like this.”
“Very clear and articulate.”
“Really appreciated that [Alan was] happy to send the notes through… it really helps me as a student. I value and appreciate this.”
“I found it very useful that Alan had a 'practice' of the points he introduced in the talk. That really helped to understand the more theoretical part of the talk. It was great.”
“Thank you for having sessions like this and making them so affordable.”

Creative Industries | Photography for artists 
5:30-7pm Friday 14 October - $30 members / $40 non-members

Creative Industries | Writing artist texts and applying for exhibitions 
11:30am-1:30pm Saturday 15 October - $30 members / $40 non-members

Creative Industries | Photography & Writing sessions bundle
$50 members / $70 non-members

If booking in preparation for photographing work for an exhibition application at Umbrella, it is recommended to take advantage of the Umbrella member price at this point (as membership is a requirement for applications). | Bookings close 4pm Friday 14 October 2022. | Each session is limited to 10 artists and will take place at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, 408 Flinders St, Townsville. Please note these sessions are scheduled according to fully booked classes. If less participants attend, the sessions may run slightly shorter than their scheduled finish time.

This session and the Writing artist texts and applying for exhibitions (11:30am-1:30pm Saturday 15 October) session both intend to build on artists' skills and knowledge to present and elevate themselves, their practice and their art professionally. Umbrella staff and guests regularly run Creative Industries professional development sessions for artists, with other topics including grant-writing, social media and basic website development.

Alan Marlowe is an arts-business professional with ten years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. He has faciliated systems changes and created more efficient operating environments, and overseen the growth of Umbrella from a $400k average turnover, to over $1m turnover. His role has required preparing large organisation and project budgets, including re-allocation to fit specific financial accounts models specified by government and funding partners. He holds a Bachelor of New Media Arts from James Cook University, and Certificate IV in Business Administration.
Prior to working with Umbrella, Alan was a 2IC service manager in retail, and also worked with Perc Tucker Regional Gallery on their biennial public outdoor sculpture festival: Strand Ephemera. Alan enjoys the meaning derived from a career in the community sector, and is particularly passionate about the visual arts.

Image: Alan Marlowe. Photographer: Amber Haines.

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Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.


Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments.