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The Castle of Tarragindi on Tour

2 February - 10 March 2024

The Castle of Tarragindi on Tour

Natalya Hughes

Above: Natalya Hughes: The Castle of Tarragindi, Children’s Art Centre, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, September 2023 / Photograph: C Callistemon/© QAGOMA. 

Homepage image: Taking part in an activity in ‘Natalya Hughes: The Castle of Tarragindi’, Children’s Art Centre, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, September 2023 / Photograph: C Callistemon/© QAGOMA

Join Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts for free, self-guided children's activities recommended for ages 5-14. Children must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Bookings are not required however spaces are limited.*

Contemporary Australian artist Natalya Hughes creates paintings, textiles, sculptures and installations, informed by decorative and ornamental traditions. In The Castle of Tarragindi at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, the artist chose to explore ‘grotesque’ design, a specific tradition of ornament known for its hybridity. Her work features a striking blue and white palette inspired by a grotesque castle interior by French designer, architect, and engraver Jean Bérain (1640–1711).

Children and families are invited to Umbrella to participate in a range of art-making activities, inspired by Natalya Hughes’ original exhibition and program. Hughes has included imagery of things that are important to her in the activity materials – such as the Australian flora and fauna found close to her home in the Brisbane suburb of Tarragindi. Audiences are invited to create digital hybrid creatures, decorate and assemble a 3D object, make elaborate patterns using printed paper, and take part in self-portrait drawing activities. An introductory video also shares Hughes’ thoughts on the inspiration and concepts behind The Castle of Tarragindi.

* Please note Umbrella is closed to the public from 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 5pm Friday 2 February 2024. Families can then access The Castle of Tarragindi during Umbrella's usual opening hours Tues-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat-Sun 9am-1pm.

Exhibitions launch
5pm Friday 2 February 2024
Join Umbrella for our first exhibitions launch of 2024. The exhibitions will open from 5pm, with speeches from approximately 6pm. Bookings are not required.

The Castle of Tarragindi on Tour was developed in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and is presented by QAGOMA Children’s Art Centre and Regional Services. The Children’s Art Centre is a leader in developing interactive projects, activities and publications that engage children with contemporary cultures, artists and ideas. The Kids on Tour program provides this content free of charge to communities throughout Queensland.

Natalya Hughes (b.1971) completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane in 2001 and a PhD in Art Theory at the College of Fine Art (UNSW) in 2009. She currently lectures in Fine Art and Expanded Practice at the Queensland College of Art, Brisbane. Hughes has exhibited her work at numerous museums and institutions including Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (2019, 2017 and 2012), QUT Art Museum Brisbane (2016), Artspace Sydney (2016), Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (2015), Performance Space (2012), Parliament House Canberra (2014), UQ Art Museum, Brisbane (2010), Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne (2009) and Tarrawarra Museum of Art, VIC (2006). Hughes was a finalist in both the Sulman Prize at Art Gallery of NSW and the National Works on Paper Prize at Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery in 2018, as well as the 2017 Ramsay Art Prize at Art Gallery of South 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.