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A Place Based Contemporary Art Festival
1-18 August, North Queensland, Australia
Gurambilbarra Townsville

Saturday 10 August - Sunday 11 August 7am - 5pm; 10am - 1pm

Discover, Dive, Draw

Kerrie Everett Horrocks

Dive the Great Barrier Reef and draw underwater with artist Kerrie Everett Horrocks. This exceptional two-day workshop experience will take participants to the Great Barrier Reef to discover, dive and draw – on a boat, in the water and on shore at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts.

On the first day, participants will dive the John Brewer Reef and see the Coral Greenhouse of The Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA). The submerged artwork designed by artist Jason deCaires Taylor features life-like figures and sculptures of trees and coral gardens, making it a distinctive exhibit. Based at 16 metres in depth and reaching to 6 metres below the surface, the Coral Greenhouse is an experience suitable for beginners, including first time divers, and certified divers. Guided by the artists you will have the opportunity to draw from life underwater!

The diving component of the workshop will be operated by Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive, which is Townsville’s most experienced dive training and marine tourism operator. Demonstrations and instructions on snorkeling and diving techniques will be provided.

On the second day, participants will be guided by Kerrie to complete their own artworks, inspired by their dive experience from the previous day. Attendees will draw in Umbrella’s gallery space amidst the work of contemporary visual artists. Participants will be guided through the drawing process, and all materials will be provided, including charcoal, graphite, pastel, inks, and watercolour.

Limited to 17 spaces. | Limited to 12 uncertified divers. | Minimum age 13 years. | *Hire of BCD & Regulators will be $45.00 extra. | Capable swimming ability required. | Uncertified divers will need to fill out a basic medical questionnaire and undertake a 30-minute e-learning lesson (online) prior to the trip. | Divers will need to complete an online registration. | All drawing materials will be provided. | Please send enquiries to [email protected].

About The Artist

Kerrie Everett Horrocks is an artist, dive instructor, activist and educator based in Townsville. Having been immersed in the waters off the Queensland coast her entire life, her passion for art and the Ocean have become naturally intertwined. After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at James Cook University in Townsville, Kerrie continued her studies in Underwater Archaeology, Art History and Education. She has been a teacher and dive instructor for over 15 years and brings the excitement of diving the Great Barrier Reef to many of her artworks. Kerrie’s work over recent years has also highlighted social struggles and the war in Myanmar, allowing her to raise vital funds for displaced Burmese refugees in the country’s eastern border towns. Kerrie is a member of Umbrella’s studio access group, and her work has spanned printmaking, painting, textiles, sculpture, and drawing.

Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive is a multi-award winning, PADI 5-Star Dive Centre specialising in snorkel and dive trips to various reefs on the Great Barrier Reef, and the SS Yongala. Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive is committed to protecting our natural environment, and all their trips are ECO Certified by ECO Tourism Australia. Adrenalin is a 14-metre flybridge vessel, which cruises at 17 knots and is fully fitted out for diving and snorkelling with easy access in and out of the water.

Location Details

Day 1: Adrenalin Snorkel & Dive - 2/39 Plume St, Gurambilbarra / South Townsville QLD 4810.
Day 2: Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts - 408 Flinders Street, Gurambilbarra / Townsville, QLD, 4810 Australia.

View the interactive PUNQ Art Trail Map for directions.

Venue Accessibility

The Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive boat is not wheelchair accessible.

Umbrella's gallery and shop are located on street level with a doorway entrance and one low step up into the space. Visitors with alternative accessibility needs may enter via the side entrance door and ramp a couple metres to the left of the front doors.

Occasionally Umbrella holds exhibitions in the downstairs Vault space, which is an old concrete vault with a step up to the entry doorway. The Studio is also located downstairs. Both downstairs spaces can be accessed via one staircase at the rear of the gallery or via a rear door on Ogden St if booked with Umbrella staff. Please call 07 4772 7109 or contact us via the 'Contact Us' form prior to your visit if you would like to discuss your options and arrange a time to enter via the rear door. Unfortunately the Vault space is not accessible to those who require wheelchairs. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Pricing

This is a ticketed experience.

$625 per person*

*Hire of BCD & Regulators will be $45.00 extra.

https://www.umbrella.org.au/discover-dive-draw/
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PUNQ 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.

PUNQ 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.

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PUNQ is produced by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts. The festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funding from Creative Australia through the Australian Cultural Fund. Townsville City Council is a funding partner of PUNQ.