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Friday 17 September 2021
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Staff & Volunteers


Kate O'Hara

Director
(she / her / hers)

Kate is a driven and hardworking arts professional with over 15 years industry experience in institutional, not-for-profit, commercial and independent arts environments. She takes an innovative and thoughtful approach to her work and enjoys the rewards of challenging and multifaceted work places. She has a proven track record in growing arts organisations in the not-for-profit sector as well as improving returns to artists and growing recognition for artistic movements.

Prior to working at Umbrella, Kate managed Maningrida Art & Culture, a large and prestigious Indigenous art centre in Arnhem land. Previous to this Kate worked with a number of arts organisations in South East Asia, including Romeet Contemporary Art Space in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as their inaugural Curator and Manager. She particularly enjoys working with diverse contemporary art communities and assisting with developing innovative programs to grow artist platforms and community engagement.

Alan Marlowe

Business Manager
(he / him / his)

Alan 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 bienniel 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.

Daniel Qualischefski

Gallery Manager
(he / him / his)

Daniel is an arts professional who has worked in regional and contemporary galleries in south-east Queensland, Melbourne and most recently North Queensland. His roles have encompassed managing and coordinating exhibitions, marketing, public programs and collection management. Daniel holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Creative Arts), Honours from the University of Southern Queensland. He is passionate about contemporary (particularly Australian) art, making art accessible and engaging audiences with innovative exhibition designs, curation and programs. Daniel's curatorial interests lie in recontextualising collections and forging and showcasing collaborations. 

Daniel also creates multi-disciplinary artwork under the pseudonym of Danish Quapoor. He works primarily in a distinctive illustrative and flat-colour style in which organic, geometric and stylised forms float amidst sparse compositions. His practice includes ceramics, textiles, painting and drawing. The artist finds that making art informs his work in galleries (and vice versa).

Tenielle Edmondson

Public Programs & Retail Assistant 
(she / her / hers)

Tenielle Edmondson teaches part time at local state schools in North Queensland, and is studying a Certificate III of Visual Arts at TAFE, Pimlico. She believes that everyone is an artist and the arts should be accessible to all. Tenielle enjoys travel, painting and photography and is delighted to be immersing herself more in the Townsville art scene.

Pierce Eldridge

Festival Coordinator 
(they / them / theirs)

Pierce Eldridge (they/them) is a sensitive gender non-conforming curator and writer based on Gurrumbilbarra, of the Wulgurukaba and Bindal people. They are studying a Masters in Curating Contemporary Art, at the Royal College of Art (London), via correspondence (due to COVID-19 restrictions).
Pierce’s current curatorial practice is involved within the discourse surrounding biodiveristy wisdom and collective remembering, the study of ecological connections between the more-than-human to human, volcanology as metaphor when thinking through climax and the microscopic catalytic releases which boom across the Anthropocene, and is focused on identifying how we can build arts practice that is embodied. They have a distinct interest in poetry and photography, often blending the two disciplines when discussing the intersections of art, queerness, and contemporary cultural phenomena.

Pierce is actively involved with the QuAC Queensland Aids Council, winner of the QC’s President’s Award for Volunteering 2020, board member of the QC Trans, Gender Diverse & Non-Binary Communities Health Advisory, and has ambitions of initiating community led workshops, within Townsville, to activate safe spaces for queer people.

Amanda Galea

Festival Administrator
(she / her / hers)

Amanda Galea has commenced in the new role of Festival Administrator for Pop Up North Queensland (PUNQ) as of February 2021. You may remember Amanda from when she began as Umbrella's Business Trainee in August 2020. Amanda holds a Diploma of Visual Art from TAFE NSW Albury.

Madonna Davies

North Queensland Regional Arts Officer (RASN)
(she / her / hers)

Madonna Davies services the North Queensland region for the Regional Art Services Network (RASN). In this capacity, she is hosted by Umbrella Studio.

Madonna has a Bachelor of Theatre from JCU with an Acting Major. She has worn many hats as a NQ community arts worker and professional artist over the last 30 years. She is the President of Full Throttle Theatre Company, the Festival Coordinator of the Palm Creek Folk Festival and Secretary of the Townsville Folk and Acoustic Music Club. She also sings in two local bands and coordinates monthly Open Mic Nights.

Margaret Robertson 

Volunteer Studio Facilitator
(she / her / hers)

Margaret Robertson is an active artist, longstanding Umbrella member and a leader in the Umbrella Makerspace Access Group (UMAG). Margaret and Lynn Scott-Cumming have been appointed by Umbrella to supervise the Makerspace downstairs (in conjunction with the Gallery Manager), particularly with regards to the printmaking presses and processes.

Lynn Scott-Cumming

Volunteer Studio Facilitator
(she / her / hers)

Lynn Scott-Cumming is an active artist, longstanding Umbrella member and volunteer, and a leader in the Umbrella Makerspace Access Group (UMAG). Lynn and Margaret Robertson have been appointed by Umbrella to supervise the Makerspace downstairs (in conjunction with the Gallery Manager), particularly with regards to the printmaking presses and processes.

Volunteers

Reception Assistants, Gallery Assistants, Exhibition Install Assistants and Interns

Umbrella acknowledges the support of our amazing volunteers, particularly given our relocation and larger footprint (requiring more reception assistance). During 2019 - 2021 we have been assisted by: Alison McDonald, Alison Nicholas, Althea Harding, Antonia Hiltmann, Damara Hollyman, Evie Hanlon, Gail Pearson, Geoff Thomson, Graeme Buckley, Irene Rae, Isabella Shatte, Jan Hynes, Jason Hall, Kaz Hauser, Karen Ihrke, Katya Venter, Lynn Scott-Cumming, Margaret Robertson, Marion Gaemers, Maxine Smith, Michelle McGuinn, Nigel Matejcic, Regina Andreassen, Rhonda Stevens, Rosie O'Hearn, Sascha Millard, Sandi Hook, Saskia Ihrke, Sharna Lee-Jarvis, Sharon Saverin and Yvonne Dutton.

We also occasionally facilitate internships for those interested in the gallery world to gain valuable skills and insights. During 2019 - 2020 we have had support from the following interns: Annelise Pretzch-Kalsgaard, Lauren Rosel, Bronte Perry and Taryn Laporte.

If you are interested in volunteering or completing an internship with Umbrella Studio, see here: Volunteer


Board of Management


Alan Carpenter

Chairperson
(he / him / his)

Alan’s career in recent years has been centred within the the resources and tertiary education sectors. He has led complex projects transforming corporate vision to reality - negotiating the difficult terrain between idea and execution. Alan is a freelance strategist, Treasurer for Townsville Multicultural Support Group and is nurturing a late career as a 3D artist practitioner.

Sarah Sullivan

Deputy Chairperson
(she / her / hers)

Sarah Sullivan is a communications and marketing consultant and founder of Inkbyte Communications, a strategic creative agency based in Townsville. Sarah has extensive experience in communications and marketing, working at senior levels within the public and private sector and in recent years as a consultant with various industry and consumer clients. She is an experienced strategist and operational driver, with a passion for helping businesses deliver engaging and authentic experiences.

Michael Pope

Secretary
(he / him / his)

Michael is a practicing artist, arts worker, and high school Visual Art and Japanese teacher in Townsville. He holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning. Within the museum and gallery sector, Michael has formally worked for Rockhampton Art Gallery, International Arts Services, Jan Murphy Gallery as well as Exhibition Officer at Museum of Brisbane, and Public Programs and Education Coordinator for Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery. He is a co-founder of Urban Sketchers Townsville.

Brian Tucker CPA

Treasurer
(he / him / his)

Brian has 36 years’ experience as an accountant and auditor specialising in the arts including as treasurer for many organisations during this period.

Susan Peters Nampitjin

Board Member
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Susan Peters Nampitjin is a contemporary artist of the Walmajarri people (Tanami desert of South East Kimberleys, Western Australia). She comes from a family of painters. Her Indigenous culture is often reflected in contemporaneous pictorials of bush plants, foods, medicine and native ecology. Through her wider art practice she experiments with a range of art media and traditions ranging from painting to printmaking.

Professor Stephen Naylor

Board Member
(he / him / his)

Currently the Chair of the Academic Board at James Cook University, Professor Stephen Naylor has had more than 35 years working in the visual arts and higher education. He has an understanding of contemporary art practice from a practitioners perspective (as an artist with 20 years of practice), an arts educator (having taught art history and sculpture in Universities for more than 25 years) and as an international arts reviewer for national arts journals (over the past 20 years).

Sheree Kinlyside

Board Member
(she / her / hers)

Sheree has more than 30 years experience with community, group and solo exhibitions in and around Townsville. She holds a BA (fine arts/marketing), is a founding member of PressNorth Printmakers and has served on several RADF committees. Sheree also operates a Letterpress and print studio in Townsville and is director of North Qld Letterpress Collection.

Lydia Rigano

Board Member
(she / her / hers)

Lydia is a clinical psychologist and small business owner who has called Townsville home for around 20-years. She contributes strong skills in governance and communication to the board, having previously been on non-profit boards.

Aaron Ashley

Board Member
(they / them / theirs)

Aaron Ashley has worked within the Townsville arts community for 14 years. They are currently working as a freelance interdisciplinary artist and studying Honours of Sociology at James Cook University. Aaron is actively involved with many community arts organisations within Townsville. They have been the Treasurer on the board of Diffraction Collective for 8 years.

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(07) 4772 7109

408 Flinders Street,
Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia

PO Box 2394,
Townsville, 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.

Acknowlegements

Umbrella acknowledges the financial support of: the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Townsville City Council is proud to support Umbrella's Makerspace operations under its Community Grants program.