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Tuesday 23 July 2024

COVID-19 Response

From Thursday 14 April 2022, the previous requirement to check-in and to be fully vaccinated in a range of venues (including galleries) and events ended. The number of people able to attend is unrestricted, regardless of the vaccination status of those attending. Masks are not currently required but visitors must comply with Queensland governmental regulations, updated regularly here. From 1 November 2022, the public health emergency declaration ended, and the Chief Health Officer no longer has powers to create and maintain mandates (unless a new pandemic or new health emergency is declared or re-declared). From 11 November 2022, masks are recommended in a variety of settings.

Umbrella will continue to monitor advice and regulations and strive to keep our visitors and personnel (artists, staff and volunteers) safe. This includes cleaning surfaces, providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer for usage and further internal policies for personnel. Our personnel, for instance, should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, self-test or get tested if developing any symptoms, and follow the Queensland Government advice if testing positive. In return, visitors must comply with Umbrella's entry conditions and follow any staff and volunteer directives. 

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The Queensland Government's new traffic light system, implemented 1 November 2022

Image: Alison McDonald, Waiting for go (detail), 2020, Reused anodised aluminium etched, copper, sterling silver, titanium, stainless steel, brass and wood, 20 x 47 x 46cm, image courtesy the artist. This COVID-responsive artwork was created as part of the AHAIR project and exhibited in the 2020 Umbrella Members’ Exhibition & Bamford Medical Art Prize.

COVID Safe Visits

Umbrella asks that visitors adhere to social distancing, visitor logs, and other COVID Safe directives and procedures as directed.

More COVID Information

Open Hours

Tues - Fri: 9am-5pm

Sat - Sun: 9am-1pm

Gallery closed Mondays, public holidays and during exhibition install weeks.

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Gurambilbarra (Townsville),
Qld, 4810 Australia

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Qld, 4810 Australia

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Acknowledgement of Country

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 a Dealer Member of the Indigenous Art Code. This means we are committed to fair and ethical trade with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and transparency in the promotion and sale of artwork. As a Dealer Member and signatory to the Code we must act fairly, honestly, professionally and in good conscience in all direct or indirect dealings with artists.


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. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.