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House of Cards


Gail Mabo's physical and metaphorical house of cards examines her home, her memories and her relationships with her family. The artist has recreated subsections of three homes - her childhood house, her mum's childhood house and her dad's childhood house. Viewers are granted an interactive and sensorial experience in which they can walk among Gail's memories and gain insights into her life.

House of Cards - Gail Mabo is an Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts (Umbrella) exhibition. It premiered at Umbrella in 2021. The exhibition was presented at Rockhampton Museum of Art from 29 October 2022 – 19 February 2023.


View and purchase the exhibition catalogue here.


House of Cards toured regional Queensland 2021-2022.


Rockhampton Museum of Art, QLD 29 October 2022 – 19 February 2023


Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, QLD | 10 September 2021 – 10 October 2021

Roomview of Gail Mabo’s exhibition House of Cards, at Rockhampton Museum of Art (RMOA) 2022. Photograph: Nathan White Images courtesy RMOA.

Dr Bonita Mabo and friend in Gail Mabo's childhood home - photograph courtesy Gail Mabo

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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. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a strategic partner of Umbrella's program.