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Wednesday 29 May 2024
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Umbrella Members’ Exhibition

Artificial: 2024 Umbrella Members’ Exhibition

Umbrella’s annual Members’ exhibition is back again in 2024 with another thought-provoking theme! The 2024 theme 'Artificial' invites members to be inspired by provocations such as artificial materials and artificial intelligence, or less literal interpretations of the theme – the artificial division of people, our declining natural environment, or the inevitable change of employment due to ever-evolving technology. We look forward to seeing your creative responses however you interpret it! The exhibition again will feature prominent prizes (to be announced).

Artists must be current Umbrella members to participate in this exhibition - click here to join online. Current members with eligible entries are automatically accepted and qualify for consideration in the Art Prize. To qualify for the Light Through a Lens Photomedia Prize, artworks must have been captured through a lens of any type (i.e. video or photography camera, analogue or digital), however the medium, materials, and method are otherwise up to the artist. To ensure your entry is completely eligible, ensure you read the full updated conditions of entry listed – particularly regarding the artwork size, date parameters and commission rate. 


We are now taking suggestions for future themes. Enter your name and suggestion in the form below.
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Entries close: Midnight Sunday 12 May 2024

Artwork delivery: Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 June 2024 during usual gallery open hours

Exhibition opening launch: 6pm Friday 21 June 2024

Exhibition Duration:  21 June - 21 July 2024

Collection of artworks: Tuesday 23 - Wed 24 July 2024 by appointment; or from Tuesday 30 July 2024 onwards during usual gallery open hours

Application tips
- Firstly, draft your application in a Word Processor document (such as Microsoft Word, Pages or Google Docs) and save it. This will ensure that you have it as a back up if there is a glitch with your computer or the online form.
- Ensure all fields of the form marked with asterisks * 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 12 May 2024 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 (2023 or 2024) and must be new work that has not been exhibited at Umbrella or elsewhere locally 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 small or 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 in the piece.
10. Works that have been created by using prompts in an Artificial Intelligence (AI) program must then be altered, manipulated or reproduced digitally or by hand. For transparency, please indicate that AI was used to help create your work in the ‘artwork medium’ section of the entry form. If using AI to prompt your work, please use ethical AI services where permission has been granted by all artists whose work was included in the training model. Works solely generated by an AI program will not be included in the exhibition. 
11. Umbrella reserves the right to not include entries that are inappropriate, offensive or those that do not fit the conditions of entry.
12. All artworks must be delivered with a label attached clearly identifying the piece and its full artwork details.
13. 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.
14. Works must be delivered to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts at 408 Flinders Street, Townsville QLD 4810 (next to Mary Who? Bookshop and opposite Woolworths).
15. 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.
16. If the completed artwork is not received by the deadline, the entry will be terminated.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. Works will be on display at Umbrella during the listed exhibition dates and may be promoted before, during and after this time. 
20. Art works may be collected from Umbrella (by prior arrangement with Umbrella staff [email protected] and [email protected]) on Tuesday 23 or Wednesday 21 July 2024 (during Umbrella's regular opening hours) and should otherwise be collected as soon as possible from Tuesday 30 July 2024 onwards. All works must be collected by September 2024, or they 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.
21. 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 the Umbrella commission, and GST if applicable.
22. A full, completed image of the artwork must be uploaded as part of the application process.
23. 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.
24. Current members whose work adheres to all above terms and conditions constitute an eligible entry, are automatically accepted, and qualify for consideration in the Art Award.
25. To qualify for the Light Through a Lens Photomedia Prize, artworks must have been captured through a lens of any type (i.e. video or photography camera, analogue or digital), however the medium, materials, and method are otherwise up to the artist.
26. Umbrella's staff and board may enter works, but they are ineligible for prizes in this exhibition. 

Above: Time and Space: 2023 Umbrella Members' Exhibition room view.  
Homepage image: Cluey Suey, Where am I? (detail), 2023, Recycled materials on canvas 102 x 77 x 10cmTime and Space: 2023 Umbrella Members' Exhibition.

Cats vs Dogs: 2022 Umbrella Members' Exhibition room view. 

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.

Previous themes:

2024 - Artificial
2023 - Time and Space
2022 - Cats vs Dogs
2021 - Power
2020 - The Future
2019 - Belonging
2018 - This is not the end
2017 - Drive
2016 - Generation
2015 - Technicolour
2014 - Memory
2013 - Natura
2012 - Black & White
2011 - Eleven
2010 - Evolve
2009 - E-Wasted
2008 - Clean Slate
2007 - Finger Licking Good!
2006 - Chair 
2005 - Hooray for Brollywood!! 
2004 - Birthdays
2003 - Construction Deconstruction
2002 - Games
2001 - Parallax
2000 - Wet ‘n’ Dry
1999 - Propaganda
1998 - Bridge
1997 - Relocation
1996 - Nourish

Umbrella wishes to thanks our Time and Space: 2023 Umbrella Members' Exhibition sponsors for their generosity:

 $500 Light Through a Lens Photomedia Prize
sponsored by Garrick's Camera House

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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.