Umbrella invites applications from established, mid-career and emerging contemporary visual artists and curators seeking to present new and original work in a professional gallery environment. There are roughly three sizes of exhibition spaces for applications: a large space, a medium space, and small spaces including The Vault. Different terms and conditions apply for the use of each space. More information can be found in the exhibitions floorplans document below, which includes the floor-to-ceiling wall in the back of the space, sponsored by Hurst Construction in 2022. Applicants can otherwise get a feel for the ground level (prior to the new wall) by viewing previous exhibitions here. Please read all of the below information, deadlines and the associated documents before applying.
Exhibition applications are usually assessed twice a year by Umbrella's Exhibition Selection Advisory Panel, however applications are accepted at any time. When assessing applications, the panel primarily considers: the conceptual and aesthetic innovation and professional gallery standard of the proposed exhibitions; whether the artworks will extend visitors knowledge and appreciation of contemporary visual arts; and public program opportunities. Umbrella's program is guided by four pillars: excellence, innovation, critical engagement and community. The panel may rate applications lower if: the exhibition is significantly motivated by commercial interests / outcomes or the exhibition is very similar to previous work (or the same work) exhibited either in Umbrella or elsewhere locally. Applications will also be assessed according to whether Umbrella is deemed the most suitable local or regional venue for the work.
Successful applicants receive an exhibition agreement letter detailing their exhibition arrangements and a consignment agreement for the works they will exhibit. Template forms of these (and associated documents) are provided below for reference. Applicants and exhibitors must refer to and adhere to the guidelines within these documents and the policies listed on this page.
Umbrella strongly encourages proposals from emerging artists, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and linguistically diverse and differently-abled artists. Should you require support or an alternate proposal method to meet your needs please contact us. If you are a non-Indigenous artist and your proposed artworks for exhibition containing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander subject matter you will need to explain your process for obtaining permission to use Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property. Excellent resources to support you in this can be found here.
- Applications are accepted at any time, however the next assessment panel will meet early 2024. To have your application assessed in this round, ensure you submit by midnight Sunday 21 April 2024. Applications received after this date will be assessed in the following round (late 2024).
- Applications may be considered for 2025 onwards however projects (particularly smaller exhibitions) may be considered for earlier slots.
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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 funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.