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Electric Coral

18 August 2023 - 24 September 2023

Electric Coral

Lisa Ashcroft

Lisa Ashcroft, Neon Coral Cluster, 2021, Oil on canvas, 100 x 100cm. Photograph courtesy the artist. 

Lisa Ashcroft has been drawn to the sublime but fragile beauty of the Great Barrier Reef since relocating to Australia. For this latest body of work, the artist explores the 2,300km-long ecosystem, attempting to capture the ethereal and ephemeral atmosphere of the reef while noting its disintegration. Ashcroft employs multiple layers, alchemy and textural techniques to nurture and develop the paintings in her signature style and colour palette. It is Ashcroft's hope that the work triggers debate to question plastic pollution, and why we have neglected the national treasure and contributed to its decline. She bittersweetly represents and records The Reef as it disappears from existence.

View the exhibition catalogue for Electric Coral here.

Expressive Acrylics Workshop
1-3pm Sunday 17 September
This workshop has a particular focus on the use of different acrylic mediums to explore glazing and mark-making techniques. Read the full details and book here.

Lisa Ashcroft obtained a BA in Fine Art and Art History in Wales and further studied a Postgraduate in Art at the Cyprus College of Art. She was awarded a Fine Art Fellowship Award in New York and trained to be a teacher in the UK. Lisa has paintings exhibited both nationally and internationally displayed in commercial and private collections. Lisa has facilitated and planned art workshops for over 20 years, working with community providers including Umbrella, Townsville City Council and Headspace. 

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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 funding partner of Umbrella's program.