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Thursday 25 April 2024

Riverbank Studio Residency

Renowned Townsville-based artist Dr Anneke Silver is offering a space for artists in regional North Queensland to create new work during a Riverbank Studio Residency.

Riverbank Studio Residencies are situated on a private property in the suburb of Kelso, which backs on to the Ross River, offering a unique work environment and a large studio space surrounded by nature. The residencies can be hosted throughout the year and usually have a duration of one to three months. 

While this residency opportunity is hosted by Anneke Silver, Umbrella encourages the artists in residence to connect and share their progress with Umbrella’s community. 

The work and living space 

The Riverbank Studio Residency offers a space suitable for both working and living, with a large artist studio and adjacent living area. The space is self-contained and includes a bedroom with a double bed, a bathroom, and a kitchen; air conditioning is installed. 

The studio is ideal for painters. However, artists engaging in other practices, such as photography, might find it suitable as well.  

The studio is located in Kelso, enabling a quiet residency away from the bustling city. Townsville’s CBD (and Umbrella) is a 30-minute drive, and having access to a car is recommended. However, there are plenty of shops near the residency location. 

Living area of the Riverbank Studio Residency. Photograph courtesy of Anneke Silver.

Payment and support 

  • To cover the costs of living on the property, a weekly fee applies. Please send an email to Anneke Silver to enquire about these fees.  
  • The accommodation would be suitable for a couple. 
  • The artist(s) in residence will need to pay for their own art materials associated with their residency work, transportation while in Townsville, and other expenses, e. g. food.  

There is no obligation to present finished work. However, Umbrella encourages the artists in residence to connect and share their progress with Umbrella’s community and reach out to the team to speak about potential collaborations, such as artist talks, workshops, and open studio days. In addition, opportunities to apply for an exhibition can be discussed. 

Umbrella will cover the costs associated with any collaborations with Umbrella if an artist chooses to facilitate a workshop or other event during their residency. For workshops, Umbrella pays an artist facilitator fee.

Application process and eligibility 

Applicants are asked to submit the following information for their application: 

  • a CV 
  • a small selection (portfolio) of previous work 
  • and, ideally, a short project proposal outlining the ideas and (rough) plans for the residency  
  • All artists over the age of 21 are eligible to apply. 

 Applications and enquiries are to be sent directly to Anneke Silver at[email protected].  

View from the Riverbank Studio. Photograph: Anneke Silver.

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408 Flinders Street,
Gurambilbarra (Townsville),
Qld, 4810 Australia

PO Box 2394,
Gurambilbarra (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 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 funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a funding partner of Umbrella's program.