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Transitions 2024

Program Outline

Transitions 2024 will again support emerging artists to develop their skills and confidence to forge a career in the arts. There are only five mentee places available in 2024, 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. 

Mentee benefits

The emerging artist mentees will each receive:
- 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)

Mentee requirements

Mentees must:
- reside in the Townsville City Council region
- be recent arts graduates (including high-school and TAFE graduates) or self-define as an emerging artist
- complete short surveys at the start and end of the program and document their progress throughout the program
- complete 16hrs of contact time with their mentor (allocated approximately fortnightly based on both artists' availabilities)
- attend group intensive and critique sessions with Umbrella and Townsville City Galleries staff and guest mentors
- dedicate at least 2hrs weekly to self-guided artwork development
- 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. 

Applications for Transitions 2024 have now closed.

Applicants shortlisted, interviewed and contracted: Late January - early February 2024
Mandatory introductory intensive sessions: 5:30-7:15pm Friday 16 February and 9am-12:30pm Sunday 18 February 2024
16hrs of mentorship: March - June 2023
3 x monthly 2hr group critique sessions: April, May, June 2024 (dates TBC based on selected participants' availabilities)

Apply now

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. 

If you have any questions or want to check your eligibility for the program, please contact Umbrella's Gallery Manager and Curator Daniel Qualischefski by email or phone 07 4772 7109. 

Apply to be mentored

Please list your legal name
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(if different to your legal name)

Please upload your arts qualifications / certificate if applicable Upload File

Please upload your Artist CV (PDF file) if you have one Upload File

(100-300 words).
Professional experience in the arts is not a mandatory requirement of Transitions applicants. (100-300 words).
(100-300 words).
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Attach a high-quality image (.jpg) of one of your strongest artworks * Upload File

Attach a high-quality image (.jpg) of one of your strongest artworks * Upload File

Attach a high-quality image (.jpg) of one of your strongest artworks * Upload File

Attach a high-quality image (.jpg) of one of your strongest artworks Upload File

Umbrella will match applicants with mentors based on their respective availabilities.
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Gurambilbarra (Townsville),
Qld, 4810 Australia

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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 funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.