Mentorship program for emerging visual artists
In partnership with Townsville City Galleries, Umbrella produced and facilitated Transitions in 2021 – a four-month program combining mentorship, critiques and development for emerging and early-career visual artists who have recently finished formal arts training. The mentees developed their arts practices further and gained valuable insights into working professionally. Transitions supports artists to develop their skills and confidence to forge a career in the arts.
The six successful artist mentees for 2021 – Anne Cole, Brooklyn O’Hearn, Moana Woods, Kaz Hauser, Rabin Sherchan and Shekira Smith – each self-defined their outcomes and worked through important steps to achieve their goals with help from their established North Queensland artist mentors. The mentees worked towards building their studio practices and portfolios, forging artist CVs, and developing grant and exhibition application skills. Monthly group critique sessions also enabled the artists to develop their network and grow from peer- and mentor-assessments. At the completion of the program, the artist mentees received a free one-year membership to Umbrella, which includes the benefit of being eligible to apply for exhibitions at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts.
The program is also filling a void in the Townsville arts economy. Two of the mentees noted:
Mentors and mentees
The images below reveal mentees Brooklyn O’Hearn, Moana Woods, Shekira Smith, Anne Cole, Rabin Sherchan and Kaz Hauser with their respective mentors Margaret Robertson, Marc Roth, Rosana Kersh, Jane Hawkins, Roberts Crispe and Alison McDonald.
Working with mentor Robert Crispe, Rabin developed his ideas and imagery pertaining to art concepts for animations and video works. See below for some of Rabin's works in progress and animation file.
Brooklyn learned and worked on an impressive array of printmaking techniques with her mentor Margaret Robertson. Brooklyn utilised the Umbrella Makerspace to develop works in progress (below) and to extend her concepts and understanding of the materials and processes.
Anne worked with mentor Jane Hawkins to developed skills and learn new casting techniques. See below for some of Anne's works in progress.
Kaz developed her practice working with mentor Alison McDonald, including processes of smashing, cracking and re-forging unfinished glass works. Alison encouraged Kaz to question her concepts and to push her work further.
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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 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.
Townsville City Council is a strategic partner of Umbrella's program.