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Monday 06 February 2023


10 June 2022 - 10 July 2022


Barbara Pierce

Barbara Pierce, Line, 2021, Acrylic paint, indian ink and pencil on watercolour paper, 14.5 x 21cm. Photographer: Barbara Pierce.

Barbara Pierce’s latest paintings, collages and sketches explore emotive and architectural aspects of natural and human-intervened landscapes. This exhibition examines the characteristics of such environments – contrasting landscapes as sanctuaries with landscapes more troubled or threatening. This exploration is further contextualised by the expected dramatic and far-reaching effects of climate change on landscapes and their inhabitants.

Exhibition opening 6pm Friday 10 June - full details here | View the exhibition invitation here.

An Umbrella Floortalks will take place 10am Saturday 9 July in conjunction with this exhibition and others on display 10 June - 10 July 2022.

Barbara Pierce was born in Townsville North Queensland where she has spent most of her life except for several years when she resided in Devon in the UK. Before returning to Australia she travelled throughout the UK, Scandinavia and parts of Europe. Barbara has completed a Foundation Art Course (South Devon Technical College, Torquay) and a Diploma in Fine Art,  majoring in painting and printmaking (Townsville College of TAFE). She was awarded an overseas study/travel grant for independent research from the Visual Arts Crafts Board of Australia to travel to Orkney, Shetland and Aran in the UK in 1986. Pierce also completed artist residencies in Tasmania (Cataract Gorge) in 2014 and 2015.  Her work has toured with the Queensland Regional Art Awards 2013-14 and the 10th Tamworth Fibre Textile Biennial 1993-92. She has participated at the Quise Festival residency in Foshan China - Townsville’s Sister City, and in 1991 her work was represented in a group show in Iwaki Japan – another Sister City to Townsville. Her work is held in the collections of Townsville City Council, James Cook University, and in Foshan China.

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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.