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Creative Youth

Local school students engaging with Emily Donaldson’s exhibition Pandanus in the Desert, March 2020.

Participants making art in a youth art workshop run by artist Lisa Ashcroft, 2020. 

Umbrella presents a dynamic program of creative learning opportunities via guided tours, education resources, artist talks, workshops and public programs. We connect with teachers (including the North Queensland Art Teachers group), students, schools and universities to promote contemporary visual arts in North Queensland. Despite a focus on visual arts, many programs are also cross-curricula – encouraging the connection of ideas, processes, skills and knowledge.

Our education programs are generally free, however some programs (such as YIPs) are funded or subsidised. We also offer paid workshops from time to time, and can run one-off artist workshops to meet your needs and cater to your students. We appreciate if you contact us to book prior to visiting, however we love to support teachers in developing their own visit schedules and activities. We encourage students and youth to visit art galleries as an inexpensive and immersive experience. We also offer free one year youth memberships (read more here) and present professional development workshops for teachers.

Young Indigenous Printmakers (YIPs)
YIPs is a free education program for senior Indigenous high school students. The students learn and experience lino printing, carving and editioning, and gain exhibition experienceRead more about the YIPs program.

For graduates - Transitions is a program combining mentorship, critiques and development for emerging visual artists who have recently finished formal arts training. Read more about the Transitions program.

Education Kits
Umbrella’s touring exhibitions have educational components. Read them at the links:
Legacy: Reflections of Mabo (intended for secondary students studying Visual Arts)
Wanton Wild & Unimagined (intended for years 7-10)
Ad Wer: Story of the Stars from Eastern Torres Strait

Umbrella’s education programs aim to:
– encourage students to engage with artworks, concepts and processes in unique and creative ways
– encourage students to describe, analyse, interpret and evaluate artworks
– present meaningful, student-centred learning activities
– present cross-curricula learning opportunities
– connect students and teachers with industry professionals

Umbrella occasionally creates education resources to support some local and touring exhibitions. These resources include suggestions for developing tasks and activities and are provided for educational purposes only. To keep up to date with these, along with exhibitions, public programs, The Studio and exhibition information, sign up to our eNews.

We encourage any feedback to help us improve our programs. To book a school visit or program tailored to your needs, contact or phone 07 4772 7109

COVID Safe Visits

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

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Open Hours

Tues - Fri: 9am-5pm

Sat - Sun: 9am-1pm

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

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(07) 4772 7109

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 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 strategic partner of Umbrella's program.