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Monday 15 July 2024

Brolgas Flying

22 April 2022 - 5 June 2022

Brolgas Flying

Stephen Sailor Oliver

Stephen Sailor Oliver, Brolgas Landing (detail), 2022, Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 61cm.

Brolgas Flying is a collection of new work from local First Nations artist Stephen Sailor Oliver of Waanyi, Kuku Yalanji and Erub Island decent. Stephen has been dancing and painting from an early age and carries on developing his skills and knowledge of his culture to share. He is a pivotal figure amongst his community and as an emerging artist, his work is fresh with the use of pastel colours combined with the dot art of his Waanyi background. His artwork reflects his surroundings and his belief that we all have a part to play, reminding us of the importance to take care of the environment and Country.

Stephen is represented by Big Eye Arts & Cultural Centre, an Indigenous community run and owned art centre located in Gurambilbarra on Wulgurukaba and Bindal Country (Townsville), opposite the Museum of Tropical North Queensland on Flinders St. Big Eye showcases, promotes and preserves Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art, Culture and stories.

Exhibition opening launch 6pm Friday 22 April 2022. Invite your friends to the launch via the Facebook event here.
Bookings are not required. Visitors will not be required to be vaccinated or to check-in. Masks will not be required but visitors are welcome to wear them. Further details can be found at Umbrella's COVID-safe update here

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Tues - Fri: 9am-5pm

Sat - Sun: 9am-1pm

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

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(07) 4772 7109

408 Flinders Street,
Gurambilbarra (Townsville),
Qld, 4810 Australia

PO Box 2394,
Gurambilbarra (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.

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.