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Friday 17 September 2021
Open 9:00am - 5:00pm

Umbrella Floortalk

10-11am Sun 19 September

Umbrella Floortalk

Free | Gail Mabo
Umbrella Floortalk

Join Umbrella and artist Gail Mabo for a discussion about the artworks in her exhibition House of Cards. Gail will speak about the concepts and meaning behind the physical and metaphorical house of cards. She will guide viewers through personal, familial stories about the artworks and the processes of their creation. Viewers will be granted an interactive and sensorial experience in which they can walk among Gail's memories and gain insights into her life.

Artistic director, curator, choreographer, visual artist, writer and actor, Gail Mabo commenced her artistic career in 1979 with local Townsville Dance troupe ‘New Blood Dance Troupe’ which was founded by Shane and Bronwyn Williams. Gail was part of this 15 strong Indigenous contemporary dance troupe for 4 years; her involvement in this group encouraged her to pursue training through an accredited dance school, which she applied for and was accepted. In 1983 she enrolled into the National Aboriginal and Islander Dance Academy (NAISDA) formerly known as the Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre (AIDT) in Sydney.

Gail is the daughter of Eddie Koiki Mabo and Bonita Mabo. She is a founding member of the Murris in Ink Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artist collective. Gail has exhibited her contemporary works at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair every year since 2009 and has work in the collections of regional galleries, the Queensland State Library, and the National Gallery of Australia. Gail co-curated the exhibition Legacy: Reflections on Mabo which is currently touring nationally.

House of Cards is on display 10 September - 10 October 2021. 

Image: Gail Mabo preparing materials for her artworks in House of Cards. Photograph courtesy Rachael Cassells. 

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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.


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.