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Thursday 18 August 2022
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Umbrella Members’ Exhibition

Cats vs Dogs: 2022 Umbrella Members’ Exhibition

One exhibition each year enables our artist members to participate and exhibit their work. This years’ Members' Exhibition has been scheduled for 18 November - 18 December 2022. The exhibition features a $1,000 art award proudly sponsored by Bamford Medical, a $500 People's Choice prize sponsored by TownsvilleTV, and soon-to-be-announced Light Through a Lens photomedia prize.

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 taking a risk and 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 depiction 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 your creative responses! 

Entries are now open and close midnight Sunday 30 October 2022. Artists must be current Umbrella members to participate in this exhibitionclick here to join online. Current members with eligible entries are automatically accepted. To ensure your entry is eligible, ensure you read the full updated conditions of entry listed – particularly regarding the artwork size, date parameters and commission rate. Complete the form below to submit your entry and check that you receive a confirmation note.


Entries close: midnight Sunday 30 October 2022

Artwork delivery: Friday 11 November, Saturday 12 November, or Sunday 13 November (during Umbrella’s regular opening hours)

Exhibition opening launch: 6pm Friday 18 November 2022

Exhibition Duration: 18 November - 18 December 2022

Collection of artworks: Monday 19 - Tuesday 20 December 2022 (during Umbrella's regular opening hours)

Other tips
- Firstly, ensure you draft your application in a Word Document. This will ensure that you have it as a back up if your computer or technology with the online form glitches.
- Ensure all fields of the form marked with * are completed - these are mandatory fields and your application will not submit without them. 
- Proofread your application and get a colleague or friend to read through it. Does it make sense to them?
- Include a high quality photograph of your artworks. Consider hiring a professional photographer. Even if you are not successful in your application, you will have the photo to use and promote your artwork.   


1. All entrants must be financial members of Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts for the duration of the exhibition.
2. A completed Entry Form must be submitted no later than midnight Sunday 30 October 2022 to be eligible for the exhibition.
3. If artists submit multiple Entry Forms, their most recent submission will be accepted as their application. Please limit your submissions though!
4. Only one artwork is accepted per artist. It must be a singular artwork and have only one title and one price. 
5. Size restriction: Artworks must not exceed 1.5m in any dimension (h x w x d). If the work has multiple parts the parts must fit completely within that size restriction. 
6. Artwork date parameters: Entries must have been created in the last two years (2021 or 2022) and must be new work that has not been exhibited at Umbrella or elsewhere in North Queensland.
7. All hanging entries must be ready for display with “D” rings securely attached, 5-8cm from top of work (or top third of the work for large works). Weight restrictions will apply for heavy hanging artworks – contact Umbrella for more information and please list the weight of your artwork in your entry if it will be heavier than 10kg. Please also list if your work will require a plinth / shelf or media player. Umbrella will endeavour to give first preference to artworks which have requested these details in advance, however cannot guarantee this for all artworks. 
8. Entries must be the original and unaided work of the entrant.
9. Works may be done in any medium but the listed theme must be incorporated into the piece.
10. Umbrella reserves the right to not include entries that are inappropriate, offensive or those that do not fit the conditions of entry.
11. All artworks must be delivered with a label attached clearly identifying the piece and its full artwork details.
12. All artworks must be delivered within the outlined dates. By prior arrangement with Umbrella's Gallery Manager and Curator (and only due to extenuating circumstances), works may be accepted prior to these dates.
13. Works must be delivered to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts at 408 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810 (next to Mary Who? Bookshop and opposite Woolworths).
14. Arrangement and expenses pertaining to the delivery and collection of entries are the responsibility of the entrant. If the artist is organising for someone else to deliver the work, please let Umbrella staff know in advance.
15. If the completed artwork is not received by the deadline, the entry will be terminated.
16. No works are to be removed during the exhibition period (including the final exhibition day). Umbrella retains the sole right to remove any works from the exhibition.
17. Umbrella exercises all due care in exhibiting and handling entries. However, works shall at all times remain at the risk of the entrant. Umbrella will not be responsible for loss or damage whatsoever to any work whilst in its custody. Each entrant is responsible for maintaining their own insurance cover if required.
18. Works will be on display at Umbrella during the listed exhibition dates and may be promoted before, during and after this time. 
19. All works must be collected from Umbrella Friday 11 November, Saturday 12 November, or Sunday 13 November (during Umbrella’s regular opening hours). Due to storage constraints, if works are not collected by these dates, works may be disposed of at Umbrella’s discretion. If the artist is organising for someone else to collect the work, please let Umbrella staff know in advance.
20. If Umbrella sells the work on behalf of the Artist, they will receive a payment less 40% commission. Payment to the artist will be made within 30 days after the artwork collection date. The artist must provide a price for their artwork which takes into consideration Umbrella commission, and GST if applicable.
21. A full, completed image of the artwork must be uploaded as part of the application process.
22. The artist grants Umbrella permission to use photos of their artwork for publicity, including images uploaded as part of the entry and those taken by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and its associates.

Power: 2021 Umbrella Members’ Exhibition room view.

The Future: 2020 Umbrella Members’ Exhibition & Bamford Medical Art Prize room view.

Belonging: 2019 Umbrella Members’ Exhibition & Bamford Medical Art Prize room view.

Cats vs Dogs: 2022 Umbrella Members' Exhibition is proudly sponsored by Bamford Medical, TownsvilleTV, and another soon-to-be-announced local business. 

Members' Exhibition Entry

Applicant / Exhibitor Details

If applicable.
Only applicable if you have an ABN
Artwork Details

Please list the artist name for this application. This can be different to the listed legal name of the applicant above if applicable.
Please write this exactly as you wish the artwork to be titled on the exhibition roomsheet or label, including any capitalisation of letters.
Entries must have been created in the last two years (2020 or 2021).
Please be specific (i.e. rather than 'mixed media').
Please list in cm. Artworks must be no larger than 150cm x 150cm x 150cm in size.
Please include Umbrella's 40% commission (and GST if applicable) into this price. Please keep your price to a rounded dollar figure.
E.g. edition number.
Please upload a full, completed image of the artwork you are submitting for entry below.

The filename should include your artist name and artwork title. * Upload File

Please write a short statement (200 characters or less) about your artwork and its relevance to the exhibition theme.
E.g. list the weight of your artwork if heavier than 10kg or list if your work will require a plinth, shelf, media player or similar.
I agree to adhere to the full conditions of entry listed on this page and in the associated notes.
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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 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.