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Monday 15 July 2024

Gwrando... to listen

2 June 2023 - 2 July 2023

Gwrando... to listen

Veronica Calarco

Veronica Calarco, Creirmeadh I (detail), 2023, Lithograph on paper, 70 x 53cm (paper) 61 x 45cm (print).

The 2023 PressNorth Resident is Veronica Calarco, an Australian artist based in Aberystwyth, Wales. This ongoing residency project is presented in partnership between Umbrella and PressNorth Printmakers. Calarco’s residency is funded by Wales Arts International, Arts Council of Wales. The artist's practice spans printmaking, painting and weaving, which she uses to explore her preoccupation with language and the land/s on which she lives and visits. During the residency, Calarco will create a body of lithographs that will comprise this exhibition.

Exhibitions launch
6pm Friday 2 June 2023
Gwrando… to listen will open alongside FORCED PERSPECTIVE, Suzannah Babicci – Earth Division and Carinity Education Shalom – Young Indigenous Printmakers, with speeches from approximately 6:30pm. Please join us to celebrate these artists and works. Invite your friends via the Facebook event here.

Veronica Calarco is an Australian artist living in Wales. After working for ten years in graphic design she completed a degree in printmaking and a postgraduate degree in weaving at the Institute of Arts, Australia National University in the mid 1990’s. On leaving University she worked as a community artist on community art projects. In 2002 Veronica moved to the Kimberleys, Western Australia to work at the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and write Art Notes for Art Monthly Australia. She then moved to Alice Springs to manage an arts disability project, Mapping New Territory, and later to run Jukurrpa Arts Centre (an Aboriginal women’s art centre). In 2004, Veronica spent a two-month holiday in Wales which led to nearly a decade of living between Wales and Australia, before she finally decided to settle more or less permanently in Wales in 2012. Veronica received an A level in Welsh in 2013 and the Dan Lynn James Scholarship to study Welsh in 2014. In 2014, she established Stiwdio Maelor, an artist residency program in Corris ( and in 2015 started a PhD in printmaking at Aberystwyth University while exhibiting regularly with the Aberstwyth printmakers. In her work, Veronica visualizes endangered and minority languages through the notion of country. Veronica is a codirector of Aberystwyth Printmakers and has been teaching printmaking at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, though she is currently on a six-month covid escape in Australia.

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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.

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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.