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Wednesday 28 September 2022
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Umbrella Floortalk & In Conversation

10-11am Sat 15 October

Umbrella Floortalk & In Conversation

Tony Fitzsimmons, Kerrie Everett Horrocks and Daniel Qualischefski
Umbrella Floortalk & In Conversation

Above: Tony Fitzsimmons and Kerrie Everett Horrocks with Tony's work: Tony Fitzsimmons, Bench in the Greenhouse, 2022, Charcoal on paper, 61 x 44cm; Photograph: Daniel Qualischefski. 
Below: Tony Fitzsimmons underwater at the Coral Greenhouse. Photograph: Kerrie Everett Horrocks.

Join Umbrella and exhibiting artist Tony Fitzsimmons and guests for an Umbrella Floortalk, followed by an In Conversation with Kerrie Everett Horrocks and Daniel Qualischefski.

In his artist talk at 10am, Tony will walk viewers through the paintings and drawings that comprise his exhibition A Coral Garden and speak about the experience of observing, drawing and painting for his Umbrella residency with the Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA) in 2019-2020. Audiences will hear about his art practice, processes and his approach to the exhibition. 

At 10:30am, Umbrella's Gallery Manager and Curator Daniel Qualischefski will guide a conversation between Tony Fitzsimmons and local artist, dive instructor and educator Kerrie Everett Horrocks. In 2021, Tony undertook a diving course with Kerrie and Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive, which enabled him to view the MOUA sculptures underwater, changing his perception of the project and informing his subsequent drawings and paintings. The artists will speak about their experiences, Tony's relationship to diving and his works in the exhibition. This will also be a great opportunity to learn and ask questions about the upcoming Umbrella-exclusive Discover, Dive, Draw experience with Tony and Kerrie.

A Coral Garden is on display 7 October - 13 November 2022. 

Tony Fitzsimmons has exhibited in the Percival Portrait Painting Prize since 2010. In 2014 his work won both the drawing and oil painting sections of the Townsville Art Society Annual Awards. He has held solo exhibitions in Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, and participated in many group exhibitions in North Queensland. He was an artist in residence at Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, in 2015, and participated in the 2017 and 2019 editions of Pop Up North Queensland (PUNQ) festival. 

Kerrie Everett Horrocks is an artist, dive instructor and educator based in Townsville. Having been immersed in the waters off the Queensland coast her entire life (amongst a family of ocean lovers) and creating art for as long as she can remember, her passions have become naturally intertwined in recent years. After completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at James Cook University in Townsville, Everett Horrocks continued her studies in Underwater Archaeology, Art History and Education while diving with Adrenalin Snorkel and Dive. She has been a teacher and dive instructor for over a decade and brings the excitement of diving the Great Barrier Reef to many of her artworks. Everett Horrocks is a member of Umbrella’s studio access group and her recent work has spanned printmaking, painting, textiles and drawing.

Daniel Qualischefski is a curator and arts professional who has worked in regional and contemporary galleries in south-east Queensland, Melbourne and most recently North Queensland. His roles have encompassed curation and gallery management, marketing, public programs and collection management. Qualischefski holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Creative Arts), Honours from the University of Southern Queensland. He is passionate about contemporary (particularly Australian) art, making art accessible and engaging audiences with innovative exhibition designs, curation and programs. Qualischefski's curatorial interests lie in recontextualising collections and forging and showcasing collaborations. He also creates multi-disciplinary artwork under the pseudonym of Danish Quapoor. The artist works primarily in a distinctive illustrative and flat-colour style in which organic, geometric and stylised forms float amidst sparse compositions. His practice includes ceramics, textiles, painting and drawing. He finds that making art informs his work in galleries (and vice versa).

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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.