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Monday 15 July 2024



Alongside our curated program of major site-specific works, Umbrella and PUNQ are inviting contemporary artists or artisans to present ideas to participate in the A Constructed World: PUNQ Art Fair program.  


Art Fair Dates: 3 - 4 August

Over the first weekend of PUNQ festival A Constructed World will take over the old Bank of New South Wales Building, a heritage-listed building at 337–343 Flinders Street across from Bulletin Square, in the heart of Townsville CBD, built back in 1887.

Gurambilbarra / Townsville based artists are invited to activate the space and create offerings that include art installations and works for sale. The rooms provided to the artists will be part of a larger maze-like cardboard installation inside the building created by Jan Hynes and Candace Miles.

A Constructed World has space for thirteen artists or collectives and provides a FREE market / exhibition space over the first weekend of the festival (also the final weekend of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music). There is also a designated area where power and water are provided for the exhibiting artists to facilitate a workshop, if they wish so.  

We are seeking contemporary artists or artisans who work in any form including:

• Painting
• Printmaking
• Video art
• Ceramics
• Sculpture
• Sound art
• Jewellery making

Applications to exhibit will be assessed for quality, innovation and viability.


Festival Dates: 1 - 18 August

PUNQ is a biennial place-making festival which activates and engages with spaces, histories, and futures through art. It celebrates the distinct landscapes of North Queensland to inspire cultural exchange and reimagine expectations, transform perceptions and provide unique creative experiences for locals and visitors alike.

The festival presents immersive journeys across North Queensland on Gurambilbarra / Townsville, Yunbenun / Magnetic Island, Warrgamay, Nywaigi & Bandjin Country / Hinchinbrook and Gudjal Country / Charters Towers.

PUNQ elevates innovative and exciting arts and cultural practices of the region, while also providing a platform for regional artists to reach new audiences. The site-specific commissions program features major projects produced by established local, national and international artists, set in significant natural and human-made environments of the North Queensland region.

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Artists must be present for the bump in (work installation), Art Fair and bump out (demount) Thursday 1 - Tuesday 6 August 2024

Deadline for EOI submission: Sunday 7 July 11:59am (AEST)

Should you wish to discuss your EOI prior to the submission please contact [email protected]


• Firstly, draft your application in a Word Processor document (such as Microsoft Word, Pages or Google Docs) and save it. This will ensure that you have it as a backup if there is a glitch with your computer or the online form.
• Ensure all fields of the form marked with asterisks * are completed - these are mandatory fields and your application will not submit without them. 
• Proofread your application and get a colleague or friend to read through it. Does it make sense to them?


Applicant Details

Artwork details

Briefly describe your artistic practice and what inspires you; Mention the type of artwork you create (painting, sculpture, photography, etc.); What message or experience do you hope to convey through your art?
Select all that apply
Artwork medium/s included in your work; Number of pieces you would like to exhibit; Scale and weight of your work; Special display requirements;
Every successful applicant has the option to host a workshop.
Final decisions will be determined in conversation with successful applicants.
Upload 3-5 images of your proposed work

You can include sketches, photos or other renderings.

Image 1 * Upload File

Image 2 * Upload File

Image 3 * Upload File

Image 4 * Upload File

Image 5 * Upload File

Cultural and Intellectual Property should be considered and explained here if applicable. Umbrella is committed to fair and ethical dealings with artists, including acting in good conscience when exhibiting, promoting or otherwise working with Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) in the arts. This commitment extends to upholding industry protocols; including those listed here; and similarly supporting the integrity of art forms from other cultures. This aims to prevent alteration, distortion or misuse of traditional symbols, songs, dances, performances and story that may be part of the heritage of particular groups without permission. The artist must similarly be committed to upholding this level of integrity and agree to adhere to the listed protocols if applicable. Non-Indigenous artists proposing artworks for development which contain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander subject matter, or Indigenous artists proposing artworks for development which contain subject matter from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander group other than their own, should explain their methodology for obtaining permission to use ICIP. Similarly, artists should explain their methodology for obtaining permission to use any other cultural and intellectual property than their own if applicable.
I (and on behalf of myself and any other exhibitors) agree to adhere to the full terms and conditions listed on this page and in the associated exhibition documents.

Impression of A Constructed World

Impression of A Constructed World.

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Gurambilbarra (Townsville),
Qld, 4810 Australia

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