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Monday 27 March 2023

Silversmithing & Ring-making

9am-4pm Sun 19 Feb, Sat 4 March or Sat 1 April

Silversmithing & Ring-making

$180-$200 | Alison McDonald
Silversmithing & Ring-making

Sterling silver ring created during a workshop with Alison McDonald. Photograph: Amanda Galea.

Join Umbrella and award-winning artist Alison McDonald in The Studio to create your very own ring from sterling silver!

Attendees will learn the fundamental processes of silversmithing, including soldering, and learn how to measure, cut, saw, hammer, and file the metal to create a ring. As a result, participants will take home a completed, personal, and one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery. 

The workshop will be suitable for beginners, and attendees will be guided through every step of the process. Class sizes are small and enable one-on-one teaching. Our previous Silversmithing & Ring-making Workshops with Alison McDonald have sold out very quickly – so, book early to ensure your spot!

Please note that there will be a 30-minute lunch break, and that a refrigerator and microwave are available for use at Umbrella. Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided throughout the day. Participants should wear closed-in shoes in The Studio. 

Please feel free to contact [email protected] to express your interest for future workshops and to be added to the waiting list.

$180 Umbrella members | $200 non-members 

If you are a member of Umbrella and the members tickets have sold out, you can select the non-members ticket and a refund of $20 per ticket will be issued. Otherwise, please feel free to call Umbrella during office hours, and we can process your purchase over the phone.

Limited to 6 spaces (ages 18+) | Bookings close on the Friday prior to each workshop day at 4pm. | If you are not already an Umbrella Member and want the workshop discount, sign up here. This workshop will take place in The Studio, downstairs at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, 408 Flinders St (next to Mary Who? Bookshop and opposite Woolworths). Visitors must comply with Umbrella’s entry conditions and directives. All bookings are subject to Umbrella's workshop and public programs booking policy.

Alison McDonald’s 20-year practice is based in Townsville, North Queensland, and her art sits at the junction of consumer culture and environmental concern and ranges in size from microscopic jewellery to epic sculpture or installation. Her work is shown in national and international exhibitions, and she recently toured a solo exhibition ‘Wanton, Wild & Unimagined’ to 13 galleries around Australia. Alison completed her BVA (Hons) from JCU, then a Master of Art in Public Space at RMIT. She has been artist in residence at Aberystwyth, Wales, with an Arts Qld Career Development Grant and twice to RedGate, Beijing. She taught Sculpture at James Cook University and TAFE North Qld.  


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Sat - Sun: 9am-1pm

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

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(07) 4772 7109

408 Flinders Street,
Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia

PO Box 2394,
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 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.