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A Sense of Place

3 November 2023 - 17 December 2023

A Sense of Place

Ann Vardanega

Ann Vardanega, Biei Abstraction #1, 2023, Photographic print on Canson archival paper, 1:1 ratio. 

This exhibition explores the simplicity of lines in the landscape and the intersection between natural beauty and industrial landscape. Ann Vardanega immerses herself in the landscape, and particularly enjoys photographing stark and sparse environments, in contrast to the dense bush and heavy greenery of far North Queensland.

On travelling to Japan the artist observed how the landscape, when shrouded by snow, transforms. This began an obsession with photographing this snow-covered landscape. Subsequent trips resulted in a growing portfolio of images. The artist has been searching for a similar simplicity by exploring her infra-red photography.

Bookings are not required. Please note that after this exhibition closes from 1pm Sunday 17 December, Umbrella is closed to the public 18 - 22 December 2023, reopening for two final Christmas shopping days Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 December 2023, before further holiday closure. Umbrella will then reopen from 6pm Friday 2 February 2024.

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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.