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

House of Cards

10 September 2021 - 10 October 2021

House of Cards

Gail Mabo

Gail Mabo, Untitled (selected ephemera for House of Cards), 2021, Found dictionary and slate board on sand, dimensions variable upon installation.

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.

Exhibitions Launch
6pm Friday 10 September 2021

Join Umbrella and our latest exhibiting artists for the opening of four new exhibitions: Gail Mabo - House of Cards | Alexandra Kostic D - I Am Here and I Exist | Postcards from North and South | NQCC - Nature: The Wonder and the Tragedy. House of Cards will be opened by a special guest, with brief speeches from a couple of the artists whetting your appetites for the Umbrella Floortalks to follow on subsequent weekends.

Invite your friend to the launch on Facebook here. Bookings are not required however the exhibition spaces have limited capacities. Visitors must comply with Umbrella's COVID-19 Safety Plan and directives.

Join Umbrella for floortalks by Alexandra Kostic D and Gail Mabo on subsequent weekends, delving further into their exhibitions. Explore more here.  

Gallery open: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm, and closed on Mondays, public holidays and during exhibition install weeks. For Friday 10 September, the gallery will open for the exhibitions launch at 6pm. Follow our social media for updates.

COVID Safe Visits

Umbrella asks that visitors adhere to social distancing, visitor logs, and other COVID Safe directives and procedures as directed.

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Open Hours

Tues - Fri: 9am-5pm

Sat - Sun: 9am-1pm

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

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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.