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Monday 15 July 2024


15 July 2022 - 21 August 2022


Alison Bennett, Neil Binnie, Keith Deverell, Gail Mabo, Ron McBurnie, Catherine Parker, David Rowe, Jason Sims, Stephen Spurrier and Rhonda Stevens

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

POSTWORLD features artists and collectives who create parallel universes in their creative practice. Audiences will be invited into playful, sublime, poetic and cautionary explorations in contemporary works and installations by nationally significant artists including those based in North Queensland. Drawing on the detritus of the human epoch, these worlds have their own internal iconographies and languages existing in alternate time and space. The exhibition engages with contemporary discourse in object-oriented ontology, vegetal thinking, and the post-Anthropocene. New fictions rendered in the past, present and future provide alternate perspectives on the environment, gender and capitalist hegemony.

POSTWORLD is co-curated by Kate O’Hara and Daniel Qualischefski of Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and commissioned by NAFA. Gallery open: Tues-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-1pm, and closed on Mondays, public holidays and during exhibition install weeks. Follow our social media for updates.

POSTWORLD Creative Publication
A publication featuring creative text provocations and imagery drawing audiences further into the themes and aesthetic of the exhibition.
The publication is being sold for $20.00 - in person at the gallery and online here

Public Programs
Programs running in conjunction with POSTWORLD include:

Cosmic Witness In Conversation
10-11:30am Sunday 31 July 2022 | FREE
Ron McBurnie, Catherine Parker & Stephen Spurrier with Daniel Qualischefski
Full details here.

Miniature Painting Workshop with Catherine Parker
1-4pm Sunday 31 July 2022 | $80-$100
Full details here.

Cosmic Witness Collaboration Workshop
10am-4pm Sunday 14 August 2022 | $120-$140
Full details here.

COVID Safe Visits

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

More COVID Information

Open Hours

Tues - Fri: 9am-5pm

Sat - Sun: 9am-1pm

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

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408 Flinders Street,
Gurambilbarra (Townsville),
Qld, 4810 Australia

PO Box 2394,
Gurambilbarra (Townsville),
Qld, 4810 Australia

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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 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.