Townsville Arts secure $75,000 in funding

Veronica Lulu & Kim Mahood, 2016, Firescar, Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 91cm (DETAIL)

Two of Townsville’s professional arts organisations have secured almost $75,000 in funding through the Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) to bring diverse new works to the region.

TheatreiNQ and Umbrella Studio contemporary arts are among the 13 recipients across Queensland sharing in $415,065 funding through the latest QASP round.

TheatreiNQ was granted $30,000 to develop their latest production First Born, while Umbrella Studio has received $44,681 to curate a touring exhibition celebrating the legacy of Eddie Mabo.

Umbrella Studio’s Director Kellie Williams said the forthcoming exhibition, Legacy: Reflections on Mabo, would celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the landmark Native Title decision.

“The exhibition comprises 28 artists, both indigenous and non-indigenous in the spirit of reconciliation,” said Kellie. “Gail Mabo is curating that one with Dr Jonathan McBurnie, and I will be co-curating.

“We know it will kick off at Umbrella on Mabo Day, the 3rd of June next year, and then tour to some galleries across Queensland. We’re also hoping to tour it nationally, but we’re still working out those details.

Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Gail Mabo working in Umbrella Studio IMAGE: Supplied

Queensland Arts Showcase Program funding recipients:

  •  TheatreINQ, Townsville – $30,000 for First Born: A Greek Tragedy for the Modern Age
  • Umbrella Studios, Townsville – $44,681 to create a touring exhibition celebrating the legacy of Eddie Mabo
  • Outer Space Initiative, Brisbane – $53,255 for Outer Space visual arts exhibition program
  • Dr Jane Fenton Keane, Gold Coast – $20,000 for eco-poetry work How To Read a Cloud
  • Queensland Poetry Festival – $50,000 for regional satellite events during August 2018 festival
  • Rachael Wellisch and Emma Gardner – $11,248 for Wild Remembering visual art exhibition in Vienna and Brisbane
  • The Crackup Sisters – $25,070 for The Big Red Rumble community project as part of the Birdsville Big Red Bash music festival
  • Dead of Winter Festival, Brisbane – $20,000 to support this all-day music and arts festival in Fortitude Valley
  • Craig Walsh – $60,000 to support A Force, a site-specific installation work at Flowstate in South Bank
  • Nambour Winter Jazz Festival, Sunshine Coast – $8731 to support the 2018 event
  • Georgie Pinn, Brisbane – $13,450 to support taking her multimedia installation ECHO to South Africa
  • Wesley Mission, Brisbane – $48,080 to support artists-in-residence as part of the Art from the Margins initiative
  • Julie Robson, Brisbane – $30,550 to support the development of Daughter, a workshop and performance project based on mother-daughter relationships, to debut at the 2018 Brisbane Festival

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