Mentorship program for emerging visual artists
In partnership with Townsville City Galleries, Umbrella is currently delivering the second iteration of the Transitions program in 2022. Five successful artist mentees have 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 are working towards building upon their studio practices, portfolios and artist CVs, and developing exhibition application skills. Monthly group critique sessions are enabling the artists to develop their network and grow from peer- and mentor-assessments. Read about the broader Transitions project here.
Mentees and mentors
Emerging artist mentees & established artist mentors, respectively:
Aliya James & Anneke Silver
Bronte Perry & Laura Castell
Rob Douma & Ron McBurnie
Sonia Ward & Alison McDonald
Tom Marks & Blake Hudson
Introductory intensives and group critique sessions
The 2022 program commenced with introductory sessions at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. Umbrella's Gallery Manager and Curator Daniel Qualischefski led the mentees and guest mentors in discussions to help the group bond and share their goals for the program. Daniel also led professional development sessions around social media, writing artists CVs and art texts and applying for exhibitions. Umbrella's Business and Partnerships Manager Alan Marlowe ran a session on photography for artists. The group was also joined by artist Sandi Hook and Jenny Mulcahy, who spoke about their arts practices and careers, with tips and insights for the emerging artists. Guests contributing to the discussions also included Ashleigh Peters and Jonathan Brown from Townsville City Galleries.
Beyond the one-on-one mentorship sessions that the mentors are undertaking, they are also attending group critique sessions monthly, sharing their artwork progress and receiving ideas, suggestions and critiques from their peers, some of the individual mentors, staff from Umbrella and Townsville City Galleries and guest mentors.
Sonia and Alison
Sonia Ward has been working with mentor Alison McDonald to refine ideas and work towards a solo exhibition proposal. Their work together has included sessions at the Aitkenvale Library using their green screen and technology for experiments.
Bronte and Laura
Bronte Perry has been working with mentor Laura Castell to experiment with drawing, printmaking and mixed media work. They have been looking at abstracting forms, still life and finding Bronte's artistic voice and reinvigorating her arts practice.
Tom and Blake
Tom Marks has been working via video calls with Cairns-based mentor Blake Hudson on a projection mapping project. The artists are refining workflows and ideas for a projection-enhanced model building.
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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.