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Thursday 01 June 2023

Umbrella Floortalk

10:30am Sat 3 June

Umbrella Floortalk

Suzannah Babicci & Dr Veronica Calarco
Umbrella Floortalk

Above: Suzanna Babicci speaking about her work in the group exhibition Mudpickers, 2020. Photograph: Tenielle Edmondson.

Below: Dr Veronica Calarco during her PressNorth Studio Residency in The Studio. 

Join Umbrella and exhibiting artists Suzannah Babicci and Dr Veronica Calarco as they discuss their art practices and respective exhibitions Earth Division and Gwrando… to listen

This event will commence at approximately 10:30am Saturday 3 June, following the In Conversation | FORCED PERSPECTIVE event scheduled for 10am.

Suzannah Babicci's multidisciplinary practice includes video, performance, sculpture and ceramics. Babicci completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, in 2013. Babicci was a co-founder of the Murky Waters Studio Collective, an artist run initiative studio space and gallery in Townsville, Queensland. Babicci has recently exhibited in sculpture festivals throughout North Queensland and is an active member of the creative community in the region.

Veronica Calarco is an Australian artist living in Wales. After working for ten years in graphic design she completed a degree in printmaking and a postgraduate degree in weaving at the Institute of Arts, Australia National University in the mid 1990’s. On leaving University she worked as a community artist on community art projects. In 2002 Veronica moved to the Kimberleys, Western Australia to work at the Kimberley Language Resource Centre and write Art Notes for Art Monthly Australia. She then moved to Alice Springs to manage an arts disability project, Mapping New Territory, and later to run Jukurrpa Arts Centre (an Aboriginal women’s art centre). In 2004, Veronica spent a two-month holiday in Wales which led to nearly a decade of living between Wales and Australia, before she finally decided to settle more or less permanently in Wales in 2012. Veronica received an A level in Welsh in 2013 and the Dan Lynn James Scholarship to study Welsh in 2014. In 2014, she established Stiwdio Maelor, an artist residency program in Corris ( and in 2015 started a PhD in printmaking at Aberystwyth University while exhibiting regularly with the Aberstwyth printmakers. In her work, Veronica visualizes endangered and minority languages through the notion of country. Veronica is a codirector of Aberystwyth Printmakers and has been teaching printmaking at the School of Art, Aberystwyth University, though she is currently on a six-month covid escape in 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.
Townsville City Council is a strategic partner of Umbrella's program.