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Monday 06 February 2023

Transitions 2023

Program Outline

Transitions 2023 will support recent arts graduates (including high-school and TAFE graduates) and emerging artists to develop their skills and confidence to forge a career in the arts. The program enables the successful artist mentees to self-define their outcomes and work through important steps to achieve their goals. The mentees benefit from one-on-one studio practice time with an established North Queensland artist. Intensive group sessions and constructive artwork critiques also enable the artists to develop their network and grow from peer and mentor assessments. The mentees will learn to build a studio practice and portfolio, develop professional artist and exhibition application skills, and exhibit in a small group exhibition.

There are only five mentee places available so this will be a competitive application process. Shortlisted mentee applicants will be invited to informal interviews at Umbrella, then matched with artist mentors based on their skill set/s, interests, personality-fit and availability. Successful mentees must then regularly meet with their mentors and complete the commitments outlined below. 

Application deadline: 5pm Wednesday 18 January 2023 | Applications are now closed

Applicants shortlisted, interviewed and contracted: Late January - February 2023
2 x mandatory intensive introductory sessions: Late February - early March 2023
14hrs of mentorship: March - June 2023
3 x monthly 2hr group critique sessions: April, May, June 2023 (dates TBC)

Mentee benefits

- A free program enabling art skills development and professional development with established artist mentors and gallery professionals
- A small budget allocation for purchasing art materials
- Networking opportunities
- A free one-year Umbrella membership and Townsville City Galleries Friends of the Gallery membership (upon completion of the program)
- Inclusion in a small Transitions group exhibition (likely at Umbrella Aug - Sept 2023)

Mentee commitments

- Mentees must reside in the Townsville City Council region
- Mentees must complete short surveys at the start and the end of the program and document their progress throughout the program
- Mentees must complete 14hrs of contact time with their mentor (allocated approximately fortnightly based on both artists' availabilities)
- Mentees must attend group intensive and critique sessions with Umbrella and Townsville City Galleries staff and guest mentors
- Mentees must also dedicate at least 2hrs weekly to self-guided artwork development
- Mentees must resolve at least one artwork by the completion of the program for display in the group exhibition

The Transitions program is a partnership between Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and Townsville City Galleries. 

Apply now | Applications are now closed

Please ensure your application is written clearly and includes high-quality images. You may wish to save drafts of the texts for your application in Microsoft Word or a similar program, to avoid losing your workings in the event of a computer or internet crash. Please note the required fields in the form below are marked with asterisks * and these fields must be completed for your application to successfully submit. 

Please note that Umbrella staff will be on leave approx. 22 December 2022 - 17 January 2023, however interested artists and applicants can direct enquiries to Umbrella's Gallery Manager and Curator Daniel Qualischefski who will be checking emails periodically during this break. 

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408 Flinders Street,
Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia

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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 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.