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Monday 15 July 2024

Dreams of Verdant Decadence

2 February - 21 April 2024

Dreams of Verdant Decadence

Lynn Scott-Cumming

Lynn Scott-Cumming, Dreams of Verdant Decadence (detail, activated in-situ), 2023, Installation of painted plastic and UV lighting, dimensions variable. Photograph: Amanda Galea. 

A cave full of flowers 
dance macabre
nature versus concrete
glowing beauty versus decadence
rampant growth savage nature
in wondrous embrace

Audiences are invited into Umbrella’s Vault space to encounter Lynn Scott-Cumming’s rich and immersive installation. Dreams of Verdant Decadence showcases flora and fauna in a variety of fluorescent iterations, exponentially unfurling into the depths of the space. Their fecundity, richness and diversity forms an incongruous counterpoint to the stark architecture of the Vault.

Please note: Dreams of Verdant Decadence is presented in Umbrella’s downstairs Vault space with limited accessibility. One staircase leads to the Vault then there is a step up into the room. Please call Umbrella staff prior to your visit if you would like to discuss your options and arrange a time to access the space via our rear door on Ogden St. 

Lynn Scott-Cumming is  is a Townsville-based artist and printmaker. She holds a Master of Creative Arts (Painting and Writing) from James Cook University (JCU) and a Bachelor of Visual Arts (JCU). The artist has run numerous workshops and classes for Umbrella and local arts organisations, including printmaking, writing, painting and sculpture workshops. She has over forty years of experience in the arts (with over thirty years in Townsville), and is a long-standing Umbrella volunteer and member of The Studio.

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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.