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Cats vs Dogs

18 November 2022 - 18 December 2022

Cats vs Dogs

2022 Umbrella Members’ Exhibition

Ann Vardanega, Cattus Aequalis Canis - all things are equal with Cats and Dogs, 2022, Digital photograph on Canson Platine archival paper, 51 x 61cm; 2022 Umbrella Members' Exhibition: Cats vs Dogs entry.

One exhibition each year enables our artist members to participate and exhibit their work. We have had some lofty themes for our Members' Exhibition in the last few years - The Future in 2020 and Power in 2021. They captured the zeitgeist and were popular and well received. This year we are lightening the mood with a theme inspired by banter between our staff members - are dogs or cats better? The 2022 exhibition theme Cats vs Dogs invites members to have fun and be inspired by the literal animal terms or more ‘highbrow’ interpretations of the theme - concepts or critiques of polarity, politics, binary forces in nature or any other interpretation of the phrase. We look forward to seeing which work gets your vote.

Exhibiting artists
Alan Carpenter | Alan Junior | Al Green | Alison Macdiarmid | Amanda Galea | Asads | Andre Reynaud | Anita Wilkie | Ann Vardanega | Ann Bartholomeusz | Barbara Pierce | Barbara Cheshire | Baylee Griffin | Beau Goodwin | Caelyn Hawkes | Catherine Watt | Chantal Kwast-Greff | Clare Jaque Vasquez | Cluey Suey | Danish Quapoor | Emma | Fay Withers | Fiona Banner | Glen O'Malley | Graeme Buckley | ini_jee | Irene Rae | italozazen  | Jan Malkin | Jan Hynes | Jenny Tyack | Jo Stacey | Juno Peaches | Karen Landt-Isley | Kaz Hauser | Kit Holloway | Krystal Knafl | Lisa Ashcroft | Lynn Scott-Cumming | Mardi Saker | Margaret Robertson | Margaret Crawford | Margot Douglas | Marilyn Griffin | Marion Gaemers | Matt Jones | Maxine Smith | Michael Pope | Natalie Ward | Nicola Fissore | Nora Gigney | Rebecca Smith | Richard Gillespie | Rob Douma | Sam Rundle | Sandy Fisher | Scott McInnes | Seppo Hautaniemi | Skye Carroll | Sonia Ward | Sylvia Ditchburn | Tameikka Parsons | Tony Fitzsimmons | Tye Jeffrey | Uli Liessmann | Warren Ogden | Wendy Hume | Wing Hong Leung | Zuni Drake

Exhibitions opening launch
6pm Friday 18 November 2022
The 2022 Members' Exhibition will open with the Young Indigenous Printmakers exhibition, featuring works by students from Heatley Secondary College and Kirwan State High School. Speeches will commence at approximately 6:30pm at which point our guest judges will announce the Bamford Medical Art Prize and the Light Through a Lens Photomedia Prize. Please join us to celebrate our artist members and vote for your favourite work in the People's Choice Prize. Invite your friends by sending the invitation here or via the Facebook event here

$1,000 Bamford Medical Art Prize
Generously sponsored by Bamford Medical
WINNER - SEPPO HAUTANIEMI for his work Family Choice

$500 People's Choice Prize
To be announced at the closure of the exhibition. Generously sponsored by TownsvilleTV 

$500 Light Through a Lens Photomedia Prize
Generously sponsored by Garricks Camera House
WINNER - ANN VARDANEGA for her work Cattus Aequalis Canis - all things are equal with Cats and Dogs

Highly Commended
MARGOT DOUGLAS - Sassi scopes #dogparkdudes
KAREN LANDT-ISLEY - The POWER of a small dog

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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.