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Monday 15 July 2024

Belonging: Memory and Loss

7 July 2023 - 13 August 2023

Belonging: Memory and Loss

Alison McDonald

Alison McDonald, Home Sweet Home, 2022, Discarded flood parquetry, aluminium, silk cord and key, brass fixings (from Alan Valentine) and steel, 26 x 14 x 13cm. Photograph: Alison McDonald.

This solo exhibition showcases sculptures by Townville artist Alison McDonald. McDonald, who has moved over 20 times, explores the human need for belonging, home, and the implications of losing it. She delves into the housing crisis and the significance of our possessions that we carry with us. She reflects on the memories attached to our belongings and what is truly necessary to remember a loss.

The artist has created a series of artworks using reclaimed parquetry from a flooded Townsville home, reclaimed keys, and repurposed anodised aluminium canisters.

Belonging: Memory and Loss is on display alongside Anida Yoeu Ali - The Red Chador: Stranded and Kaz Hauser - Translocations and Transformations. You can view Alison's exhibition catalogue here.

Umbrella Floortalk | Techniques and Tools
10am Sunday 30 July 2023
Join Umbrella and Alison McDonald for a discussion about her techniques and range of tools that she uses in her art practice. Read more here.

Silversmithing & Earring-making workshop
9am–4pm Sunday 6 August & Saturday 28 October 2023
Join Umbrella and award-winning artist Alison McDonald in The Studio to create a pair of earrings from sterling silver! Read more and book here.

Alison McDonald is a Townsville-based multi-disciplinary artist whose work sits at the junction of consumer culture and environmental concern. McDonald’s work has been shown in national and international exhibitions, including Sculpture by the Sea and Strand Ephemera (2015 winner). She has been artist in residence at Aberystwyth, Wales with an Arts Qld Career Development Grant and twice a resident in RedGate, Beijing. Her solo exhibition Wanton, Wild & Unimagined toured to 13 galleries around Australia (2016-2019).

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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.