Studio Residencies

Umbrella Studio was planning to call for proposals for our 2020 Grand Hotel Townsville Artist in Residence program, however due to COVID-19 we are pivoting our program to At Home Residencies. See here for more details.

We hope to re-launch our studio residencies program again soon with the details as follows:

Umbrella Studio’s makerspace provides a flexible space for visual artists to develop new work in any medium. The spaces are suited for interdisciplinary artists and those who have an interest in self directed approach to research and development. We welcome proposals from individuals or artistic collaborations that push the boundaries of their medium, are conceptually, formally or technologically ambitious and which contribute to current cultural or art form developments. We consider all proposals in the context of our endeavour to provide a rich, varied and high quality program. Umbrella staff will be available to provide mentoring support while the artist is in residence.

Umbrella strongly encourages proposals from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and linguistically diverse and differently-abled artists.  Should you require support or an alternate proposal method to meet your needs please contact us. If you are a non-Indigenous artist and your proposed artworks for exhibition containing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander subject matter you will need to explain your process for obtaining permission to use Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property.  Excellent resources to support you in this can be found here and here.


The Grand Hotel Townsville Artist in Residence

The Grand Hotel Townsville Artist in Residence (AIR) began in 2015. The purpose of the residencies is to; bring artists to Townsville to work in the studio, contribute to our open studio environment, to share your skills/experience with local artists and the community through delivering a masterclass.

Expressions of interest are welcome from artists, curators and arts professionals living in Queensland, interstate or internationally. In 2020 we will have four residency opportunities.

To support you with your residency, Umbrella Studio will provide:
Access to studio/makerspace for up to 10 full days during normal operational hours (9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday | 9am – 1pm Saturdays & Sundays)
An artist fee to cover the cost of your time in delivering an artist talk/masterclass for us, and to support your travel/living costs. The fees are: $1,000 international artist (1) | $700 national artists (3)
Umbrella Studio has the following equipment available for your use: 1 x lithography press, lithography stones, 1 x large etching press, 2 x small etching presses, 1 x 3D printer, 1 x laser printer, 1 x metal guillotine, various printmaking rollers, 3 x large working tables. (The use of printmaking equipment and materials would require the sign off of Umbrella’s Studio Facilitators).

– Delivering one artist talk/open studio session and half day workshop/masterclass (3hrs)
– Further masterclasses or a longer masterclass may be offered for an additional fee to be negotiated by the gallery and the artist

– The artist must arrange and pay for their own flights, accommodation and ground transport to and from the gallery as needed.
– The artist must supply/bring their own laptop and/or other art materials as required for the residency (e.g. paper, paint, inks, clay etc)

Residency Dates
 Applications Close

Once we have announced proposals are open, apply for one of these residency opportunities by filling out the form below.
For further questions, please contact us.

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