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Compact Prints

2022 Exhibition

Umbrella encourages artists working in traditional and digital print media to participate in Umbrella's 2022 international print exhibition, tour, auction and exchange. Full terms and conditions and application forms coming soon.

Exhibition

The Compact Prints International Print Exhibition, Auction & Exchange was first held at Umbrella’s biennial fundraiser in 2002, conceived and curated by Rebekah Butler. The exhibition welcomed international artists in 2004 and has continued as a biennial exhibition ever since, including a number of national and international tours. The exhibition is greatly appreciated and anticipated by printmaking organisations, artist participants' networks and online. Many of the artists who have previously exchanged artworks now correspond all around the world. Compact Prints is a celebration of contemporary print practices, embracing traditional and technological methods. The project provides artists with a forum to exchange artwork and ideas. It also provides an opportunity to exhibit in a contemporary art space while supporting Umbrella through its fundraising auction. Artists each submit an edition of 3 identical prints – 1 for the exhibition (and potential tour), 1 for the auction and 1 for an artwork exchange.

Explore the 2020 exhibition archive here, and the 2002-2018 exhibition archive here.

Touring

Umbrella has continued the exhibition biennially since its inception, including national and international tours from 2007 - 2015. Umbrella partnered with Queensland Arts Council (afterwards renamed to Artslink Queensland) and toured the 2006 iteration of the exhibition to two venues in the Northern Territory and Victoria. Since then, different series of Compact Prints have toured. After Artslink closed, Umbrella took up the management of the tour. The popularity of the exhibition has meant that Umbrella has been able to regularly feature over 100 prints from 20-30 countries. Umbrella has had funding support over the years from VACS, self funding and philanthropic support by ER Hales Charitable Trust for international components.

Testimonials

“Taking part in Compact Prints is a wonderful and honourable opportunity for me to present my art and also to discover the art of the Australian and international printmakers.”
- Temenuga Hristova, Bulgaria

“It is great to have work situated within an alternative cultural context, and to make contact with other artists and individuals through exhibiting in different countries, even if I have not been there! I love to hear of the stories and situations that develop around art making in different places.”
- Natasha Rosling, United Kingdom

Explore the 2020 exhibition archive here, and the 2002-2018 exhibition archive here.

Visitors engaging with the Compact Prints 2012 exhibition at Redland Art Gallery in 2014.

Compact Prints 2012 at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts.

The Compact Prints 2012 exhibition on display at Wharepuke Studio, New Zealand in 2013. 

Visitors pointing out a work at the 2020 Compact Prints exhibition. 

2012 exhibition on display at Taylor Jensen Fine Arts Gallery in 2013. 

Tour

The exhibition toured internationally 2007 – 2015 and Umbrella is planning to recommence touring in 2022 and beyond. 

2015

Judith Wright Centre, QLD | 2014 exhibition | Toured and on display 20 October – 7 November 2015

Gatakers Artspace, QLD | 2014 exhibition | Toured and on display 30 August – 4 October 2015

2014

Redlands Art Gallery, QLD | 2012 exhibition | Toured and on display 21 July – 13 September 2014

Chinchilla White Gums Gallery, QLD | 2012 exhibition | Toured and on display 1 March – 1 April 2014

2013

Artslink QLD Gallery, Teneriffe QLD | 2012 exhibition | Toured and on display 11 November – 4 December 2013

Ipswich Art Gallery, QLD | 2012 exhibition | Toured and on display 24 August – 22 October 2013

JCU University, Singapore Campus, Singapore | 2012 exhibition | Toured and on display 17 June – 11 August 2013

Wharepuke Print Studio, New Zealand | 2012 exhibition | Toured and on display 8 May – 28 May 2013

Taylor Jensen Fine Arts, New Zealand | 2012 exhibition | Toured and on display 5 April – 28 April 2013

Mt Eden Village Centre, New Zealand | 2012 exhibition | Toured and on display 1 March – 24 March 2013

2012

Griffith Regional Art Gallery, NSW | 2010 exhibition | Toured and on display 3 November – 2 December 2012

The Centre Beaudesert, QLD | 2010 exhibition | Toured and on display 31 August – 13 October 2012

Blackbutt Centre Gallery, QLD | 2010 exhibition | Toured and on display 21 July – 19 August 2012

Tableland Regional Gallery, QLD | 2010 exhibition | Toured and on display 19 March – 22 April 2012

Texas Regional Art Gallery, QLD | 2010 exhibition | Toured and on display 7 January – 18 February 2012

2011

Dogwood Crossing, Miles QLD | 2010 exhibition | Toured and on display 21 October – 29 November 2011

Gordon White Library QLD | 2010 exhibition | Toured and on display 2 September – 9 October 2011

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD | 2010 exhibition | Toured and on display 29 July – 20 August  2011

2010

Yeppoon Library, QLD | 2008 exhibition | Toured and on display 22 November – 31 December 2010

Longreach Art and Craft Centre, QLD | 2008 exhibition | Toured and on display 1 September – 10 October 2010

Rural Transaction Centre, NSW | 2008 exhibition | Toured and on display 20 July – 12 August 2010

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD | 2008 exhibition | Toured and on display 1 June – 4 July 2010

TYTO Regional Art Gallery, Ingham QLD | 2008 exhibition | Toured and on display 30 March – 17 April 2010

Gunnedah, NSW | 2008 exhibition | Toured and on display 4 February – 28 February 2010

2009

Kickarts Cairns, QLD | 2008 exhibition | Toured and on display 6 April – 30 May 2009

Studio Paradiso Gallery, VIC | 2008 exhibition | Toured and on display 27 March – 5 April 2009

2008

Castlemaine Phee Broadway Theatre, VIC | 2006 exhibition | Toured and on display 12 March – 9 April 2008

2007

Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts, NT | 2006 exhibition | Toured and on display 5 – 22 September 2007

See more of Umbrella's touring exhibitions here.

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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.

Acknowlegements

Umbrella acknowledges the financial support of: the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Townsville City Council is proud to support Umbrella's Makerspace operations under its Community Grants program.