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Monday 15 July 2024

A Coral Garden

07 October 2022 - 13 November 2022

A Coral Garden

Tony Fitzsimmons

Above: Tony Fitzsimmons, Arrested Ascent, 2022, Charcoal on paper, 70 x 47cm. 
Below: Tony Fitzsimmons sketching at Pacific Marine Group.

Tony Fitzsimmons completed an artist-in-residence program with Umbrella in 2019-2020. It was focussed on the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) in the waters off Townsville. This exhibition builds on the artist’s experiences while working onsite prior to deployment of The Coral Greenhouse at John Brewer Reef. Fitzsimmons has reinterpreted the MOUA sculptures, installations, sites and building process from documentation to his own paintings and drawings.

Exhibitions launch
6pm Friday 7 October 2022
A Coral Garden will open alongside 3 other exhibitions: Jan Hynes - Encaged, The Print Council of Australia (PCA) - Print Commission 2022, and Japurra Ngapa-jirra by artists from Maningrida Arts & Culture. | Anne Cole will also be presenting a body of work in our showcase cabinet. | Invite your friends to the launch and RSVP to the Facebook event here.

Murky Waters Studio will also be launching 'SKULLDUGGERY' from 5:30pm for a 6pm start, so this is a great chance to visit both galleries for an art-filled evening! We encourage you to visit Murky Waters Studio first to make it to Umbrella in time for our artist speeches at 7pm. Murky Waters Studio is located at 126 Hanran St, opposite McDonalds down the laneway beside Jax Tyres. 

Tony Fitzsimmons has exhibited in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize since 2010. In 2014 his work won both the drawing and oil painting sections of the Townsville Art Society Annual Awards. He has held solo exhibitions in Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and participated in many group exhibitions in North Queensland. He was an artist in residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales in 2015, and participated in the 2017 and 2019 PUNQ / Pop Up North Queensland festivals. 

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Qld, 4810 Australia

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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.