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Tuesday 23 July 2024


Alison Bennett, Neil Binnie, Keith Deverell (Blue Screen of Death), Gail Mabo, Ron McBurnie, Jenny Mulcahy, Catherine Parker, David Rowe, Jason Sims, Stephen Spurrier and Rhonda Stevens

POSTWORLD features Australian artists who create parallel universes. Audiences are invited into the playful, sublime, poetic and cautionary in this exhibition. Drawing on the detritus of human experience, these worlds have their own internal languages existing in alternate time and space. 

As the show was built, each artist’s work expanded on this thematic provocation, finding pathways to comfort, resistant to the overwhelming sense of panic. Stillness, awe and appreciation resonated, honouring the world beyond its utility to provide resources for consumption in the Anthropocene. 

New fictions (and possible futures) are rendered, providing alternate perspectives on the environment, gender and capitalist hegemony.

Please read more and direct any EOIs to Museums and Galleries Queensland here.

Tour Dates

23 February – 27 April 2024 Mike Carney Creative Industries Gallery, QLD 
10 May –  7 July 2024 Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery, QLD
3 August 2024 – 20 October 2024
Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD
13 March 2025 – 10 May 2025
Manning Regional Art Gallery, NSW
13 September 2025 – 23 November 2025
Signal Point Gallery, SA
10 April 2026 – 28 June 2026
Qantas Founders Museum, QLD
28 November 2026 – 21 February 2027
Rockhampton Museum of Art, QLD
1 April 2027 – 16 May 2027
Warwick Art Gallery, QLD
28 May 2027 – 4 July 2027
Tanks Arts Centre, QLD

POSTWORLD is a touring initiative co-curated by Kate O’Hara and Daniel Qualischefski, developed by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts (Umbrella), commissioned by NAFA and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland (M&G QLD). This project has been assisted by the Australian Government's Visions of Australia program and by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Umbrella and M&G QLD are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Both organisations are also supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receive funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. 

Ron McBurnie, Catherine Parker and Stephen Spurrier, The ghosts sleep beneath our feet and dance above our heads (detail), ‘Cosmic Witness’ series, 2020-22, Ink, acrylic paint, paint pens, pencil, watercolour and gold leaf, 42 x 29cm.

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Sat - Sun: 9am-1pm

Gallery closed Mondays, public holidays and during exhibition install weeks.

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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 funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.