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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 and Partnerships 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 and Curator
(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).

Jasmin Günther

Arts Program Manager
(she / her / hers)

Jasmin Günther (Guenther) will be growing our art studio program over the next couple of years. Originally from Germany, Jasmin relocated to Townsville in 2016 to study at James Cook University and has since made North Queensland her home. In 2021, she finalised her PhD (Society and Culture) at JCU and Aarhus University, Denmark, with a thesis focused on the Polynesian artefacts recovered from the wreck of HMS Pandora held at the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Previously, she studied Anthropology at Göttingen University (Master of Arts 2013) and worked as an Assistant Curator at the Linden-Museum in Stuttgart. 

Jasmin is passionate about (cross-cultural) communication, collaborative work and bringing art, artists and audiences together. She considers the exhibition Making Connections (2019) to be one of the most rewarding experiences of her PhD, as it was conceptualised in collaboration with artists from French Polynesia and the MTQ. In her new role at Umbrella, Jasmin is looking forward to help creating a space that is diverse, inclusive and that enables people to gather, teach, learn, and make.

Amanda Galea

Arts Administrator
(she / her / hers)

Amanda Galea has commenced in the new role of Arts Administrator from January 2022, working across a range of areas to support Umbrella's operations. Amanda has held positions as Umbrella's Business Trainee in 2020 and Festival Administrator for Pop Up North Queensland (PUNQ) in 2021. Amanda holds a Diploma of Visual Art from TAFE NSW Albury and a Diploma of Business from Southern Cross University.

Prior to working at Umbrella, Amanda volunteered at a range of not-for-profit organisations assisting in administration duties and worked in various customer service positions. 

Erin Ricardo

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

Erin Ricardo has commenced in the PPRA role as of January 2022, after working casually for Umbrella in 2021. She is a printmaker and visual artist who has run workshops and worked with other artists for projects and exhibitions of diverse scales. She holds a Master of Teaching (Visual Arts) from the University of Melbourne (2010) and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) from La Trobe University, Bendigo (2006). 

Margaret Robertson 

Volunteer Makerspace 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 Makerspace 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 2021 we have been assisted by 27 volunteers for regular shifts. Alison Nicholas, Althea Harding, Belen Diaz, Chantal Oxenham, Evie Hanlon, Gail Pearson, Jan Hynes, Jasmine Blackman, Jemima Krzyzanski, Jonathan Stigter, Kaz Hauser, Karen Williams, Kate Osborne, Lynette Marlowe, Lynn Scott-Cumming, Margaret Robertson, Marion Gaemers, Matilda Davies, Michelle McGuinn, Nichola Borellini, Nicola Inskip, Poppy Schembri, Sascha Millard, Sandi Hook, Sharron Condren, Wren Moore, Yvonne Dutton and 15 other volunteers.

We also occasionally facilitate internships and work experience for those interested in the gallery world to gain valuable skills and insights. During 2021 we have had support from the following work experience students: Lacey Watson from Ryan Catholic College and Nykee Kynuna from Burdekin Catholic High School. 

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 the General Manager for Community Engagement at Townsville City Council, heading up the council's marketing, communications, media, stakeholder and digital operations teams. Sarah has worked in executive roles for Communication, Engagement, Strategic Projects and Marketing for nearly 20 years across North Queensland. Responsible for leading large and diverse teams in communications, strategic planning, consumer experience, engagement, marketing and branding, she has worked on many high profile campaigns and projects including leading the campaign to secure funding for Townsville’s new stadium.

Sarah has worked in both the government and commercial sectors and spent 5 years prior to joining Council operating her own professional Communications, Marketing and Strategic Planning business throughout Northern Australia. Passionate about engagement, strategic planning, design thinking, customer experience, communications and marketing for businesses, Sarah’s focus is connecting and engaging people to make a difference. Sarah predominantly works with brands focused on providing genuine value in the lives of those they touch.

Professor Stephen Naylor

Secretary
(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).

Brian Tucker CPA

Treasurer
(he / him / his)

Brian is a CPA accountant, recently retired after forty years practice as Brian Tucker Accounting, a firm specialising in the provision of accounting, taxation and auditing services to the arts community. That community included individual practitioners, small arts companies, both commercial and not-for-profit, and Indigenous Art Centres from Mornington Island to the Mornington Peninsula, many in very remote communities – such as Tjuntjuntjara in the Great Victoria Desert, a 1270km drive from Alice Springs – in the Central and Western Deserts, the Kimberley, Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands. He also has wide experience as a board or committee member of over forty organisations such as Umbrella, from the large (Queensland Performing Arts Centre) to the tiny (Queensland Poets Society), usually, of course, as the Treasurer. He also has a large collection of art.

Susan Peters Nampitjin

Board Member
(she / her / hers)

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.

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.

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.

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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.