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Monday 11 December 2023

Contemporary Doll Workshop

9.30am - 12.30pm Saturday 17 February 2024

Contemporary Doll Workshop

$90 - $110 | Sonia Ward
Contemporary Doll Workshop

Doll made by Sonia Ward. Photograph: Amanda Galea.

Join exhibiting artist Sonia Ward in The Studio to create a unique contemporary doll. In this workshop Sonia will guide experimentation with drawing, staining textiles, contemporary embroidery, and hand sewing techniques. A basic doll template will be provided to use as a starting point for individual designs. Sonia will demonstrate how to use alternative media such as coffee, tea, wine and oil to create tone and a base for drawing on fabric. Attendees will learn how to add free stitching to create texture and to enhance features on the dolls. Participants are encouraged to bring small images, printed text, photos or photocopies to stitch onto the cloth as personalised detail.

Sonia Ward’s exhibition Behind the Apron is on display 2 February – 10 March.

Member Discount 
Enter the discount code MEMBER at checkout after you select the "continue to payment" button. If you are not already an Umbrella Member and want the workshop discount, sign up here.

Umbrella Members $90 | Full Price $110

All materials and equipment are provided, including white cotton fabric, markers and embroidery thread in a range of colours. Tea and coffee will be available.

Limited to 10 spaces (ages 15+) | Bookings close on Friday 4pm before the workshop date. | If you are not already an Umbrella Member and want the workshop discount, sign up here. This workshop will take place at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, 408 Flinders St (next to Mary Who? Bookshop and opposite Woolworths). Visitors must comply with Umbrella’s entry conditions and directives. All bookings are subject to Umbrella's workshop and public programs booking policy.

Sonia Ward is a multi-disciplinary artist, born in Adelaide and currently living and practicing in Townsville. Ward works with a range of recycled media from computer components to discarded bras. These discarded and found objects are transformed into humorous and occasionally unnerving characters with a puppet like appearance. The artist’s focus on process over product is evident in her two- and three-dimensional pieces with an aesthetic that leans towards the ugly rather than the aesthetically pleasing. She explores related and opposing themes such as consumerism, marketing to children, globalization, tribal behaviours, social media, theatrical behaviour, attraction and repulsion. Sonia graduated with a Bachelors Degree of Visual Arts in 2019, received a Deans Excellence Award in her first year and Academic Achievement Award upon completion. Sonia continues to experiment with new media and techniques. Completing a course in New Media Arts in 2021, Sonia enjoys weaving narratives and social commentary on current issues. Her work is held at CQ University, TAFE NQ, Townsville Women’s Centre and the Solar Park on Magnetic Island.

Image: Sonia Ward; photograph courtesy of the artist and Alison McDonald.

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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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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 funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a strategic partner of Umbrella's program.