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Friday 17 September 2021
Open 9:00am - 5:00pm


Volunteering is a great way to engage regularly with our art and creative projects, boost your network, make new friends and learn new skills. We offer a supportive environment, inductions and ongoing training. Umbrella is committed to involving its members, artists, students and other interested people from the community in both our daily and long-term activities.

Opportunities exist for individuals to participate as volunteers in all areas of Umbrella’s operations, thus receiving valuable industry experience and professional guidance in all aspects of contemporary visual arts. We are particularly looking for friendly administration / reception volunteers who can greet visitors in our new gallery. We are also looking for people to fill in as on-call / backup volunteers – for when our regular volunteers are sick or unable to attend shifts. From time to time Umbrella also accepts interns, trainees and work experience students. 

Umbrella is also calling for volunteers for our PUNQ Festival and our North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA) exhibition offerings, Mel O’Callaghan's Centre of the Centre and Yana Gair Le (Walk Together). Read more about these exciting projects at the links. 

We are calling for enthusiastic, reliable volunteers for June training, and more intensive periods in July and August for volunteering. These will be competitive positions so we encourage getting your interest and CVs in early so you don't miss out on these great opportunities. Apply via the form at the bottom of this page.

Benefits for volunteering with our NAFA exhibitions and PUNQ:
– Specialist mediators from UQ Art Museum will be on site to present a mini workshop to volunteers about Centre of the Centre and share the principles and practical tools of cultural mediation. Cultural mediation is an emerging practice that can help museum and gallery staff and volunteers develop a vocabulary to talk about the themes and ideas raised by exhibitions and collections with the local community, to simply provide fodder for conversation, and allow meaningful connections, stories, experiences and ideas to lead interaction between the exhibition, the gallery, and its public.

  • Work with nationally recognised artists
  • Be part of a regional arts festival with a growing audience
  • Be part of a festival that is growing the audience and recognition of North Queensland as an arts cultural destination
  • Be part of a network of artists, arts organisations and businesses
  • Enhance your resume with experience working in tourism & events, marketing and visual arts

Mel O’Callaghan, Respire, respire (detail), 2019, performance and installation at Artspace, Sydney, courtesy the artist and Kronenberg Mais Wright, Sydney; Galerie Allen, Paris; Belo-Galsterer, Lisbon. Photo: Document Photography.

Umbrella volunteer Alison Nicholas, 2021.

Apply to Volunteer

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E.g. Female, she / her / hers
E.g. I am not available mornings

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Tues - Fri: 9am-5pm

Sat - Sun: 9am-1pm

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

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408 Flinders Street,
Townsville, Qld, 4810 Australia

PO Box 2394,
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 acknowledges the financial support of: the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Townsville City Council is proud to support Umbrella's Makerspace operations under its Community Grants program.