Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts

A: 408 Flinders St, Gurambilbarra/Townsville, QLD Australia

P: +61 7 4772 7109



Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts (Umbrella) is an independent platform for contemporary arts practice located on Gurambilbarra (Townsville, North Queensland) established in 1986. Umbrella delivers a program of onsite and touring exhibitions, partnered projects, public programs, arts residencies, studio access, professional development programs, events and festivals. Umbrella showcases contemporary work by established, mid-career and emerging artists. The Umbrella team brokers acquisitions through our presence at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) and relationships with collectors and institutions nationally.

Umbrella’s 2019-2022 touring exhibition Legacy: Reflections on Mabo (co-curated by Gail Mabo, Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams) was awarded Museums and Galleries Queensland’s 2021 Gallery and Museum Achievement Project Award. It is the first exhibition to explore Eddie Koiki Mabo’s life from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives in the spirit of reconciliation.

Umbrella’s biennial Pop Up North Queensland (PUNQ) festival presents the most exciting visual and performance artists of North Queensland. It showcases renowned First Nations and Australian collaborations, exhibitions, installations, performances and workshops. PUNQ 2021 celebrated distinct local landscapes by commissioning site-specific artworks across the region. Among these were a major new work by Dancenorth, a sugar cane field crop circles installation and a landmark First Nations Billboard exhibition.


Umbrella biennially presents Compact Prints, an opportunity for print makers internationally to exhibit and exchange small prints with other artists. One print from each edition is auctioned as a fundraiser for Umbrella, enabling collectors to access traditional, experimental and contemporary prints from a range of artists.


  • Free guided tours
  • Gallery shop
  • Historic building
  • Wheelchair access
  • Workshops and classes

Featured image: Gail Mabo, Mum’s Childhood Home (installation view from Mabo’s House of Cards solo exhibition at Umbrella), 2021. Photo: Kate O’Hara. Courtesy: the artist and Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Townsville.


Group Exhibition: Survey, Works from the Dalrymple Community Cultural Centre Trust Collection

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts presents a survey of works from the Dalrymple Community Cultural Centre Trust collection.

Geoffrey Schmidt: Autonoetic

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts presents work by Geoffrey Schmidt.

Jenny Tyack: Siren Call

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts presents work by Jenny Tyack.

Group Exhibition: Cats vs Dogs, the 2022 Umbrella Members’ Exhibition

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts presents a group exhibition by its artist members.

Tony Fitzsimmons: A Coral Garden

Umbrella Studio Studio Contemporary Arts presents work by Tony Fitzsimmons.

Katya Venter: How to be a Good Doll

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts presents work by Katya Venter.

Compact Prints: International Print Exhibition

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts presents work by international printmakers.

Group Exhibition: POSTWORLD

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and the North Australian Festival of Arts present POSTWORLD, a group exhibition co-curated by Kate O’Hara and Daniel Qualischefski.