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Wednesday 26 June 2024
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An Unnatural History

3 May - 16 June 2024

An Unnatural History

Sarah Treadwell

Sarah Treadwell, Zip-tailed Finch (Fringillidae clauderes), 2023, Mixed media, 20 x 13 x 6cm. Photograph: Jim McArthur.

This exhibition invites the viewer into hidden, intertwined worlds of art, science and myth. Sarah Treadwell’s experimental process repurposes discarded objects, responding to the beauty and purpose of their forms. Her assemblages whimsically explore unnatural histories – both the narrative histories of the fantastical creatures on display, and the histories of the objects that they were created from. The artist’s accompanying field guide and illustrations provide further insight into the mythical beasts.

Exhibitions launch
6pm Friday 3 May 2024
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10am Saturday 4 May
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Sarah Treadwell was originally from the UK, but moved to Australia in her early twenties and now lives on Magnetic Island. She has a background in science, having taught senior biology at high school and TAFE for a number of years. Treadwell is primarily a self-taught artist, although she is currently studying the Diploma of Visual Arts at North Queensland TAFE. She creates work using discarded objects with respect for the earth’s resources and to minimise waste. This approach enables Treadwell to create with purpose, beyond the aesthetic, whilst also imbuing wonder and joy into the work.

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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.

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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.