Projects and End of Traineeship!

I’ve now been working at Umbrella Studio for 2 years! Just last week I handed in my last assignment as part of my business administration certificate 4 course, and I received a call to say I’m qualified this week. The staff at JobTrain were very helpful throughout my studies, and I couldn’t have done it without my supervisor Kayleen either.

Photo of the Umbrella Studio team

The Umbrella Team

So what happens to me now that I’m finished? Well, Umbrella has decided to continue my employment, as long as we receive the same level of funding we have been getting. I’m excited to continue working with them as a full-fledged employee, and I think it would be premature to leave when I’ve just got to know most of the artists and history of Umbrella. I’ve also been really busy with a few projects lately too…



Production Still - Alan Junior

Production Still – Alan Junior


This is a projection project in tandem with Gallery Services “Strand Ephemera 2013″. It’s a fringe event. A group of digital artists including myself have been working on projection artworks that will be displayed on the side wall of the Umbrella Studio contemporary arts building on the 4th, 5th and 6th of September (6pm-9pm each night). We’ve been working with facilitator Robert Crispe to learn about the technology and tools necessary for creating the work, and James Cook University’s School of Creative Arts have kindly provided the space and technology for the workshops. This is going to be a really cool, dynamic exhibition for Townsville, and I hope lots of people come to see and support it.


The Mangroves project is a partnership between the Barrier Reef Orchestra (BRO), ABC Open North Queensland, and Umbrella Studio. On Saturday 23rd August, the BRO will be performing a piece by Peter Sculthorpe titled “Mangrove”, and the event organiser wanted a video projection behind the orchestra to enhance the experience. So ABC Open Producer Michael Bromage and several Umbrella members got together to create video work for it. We’ve been filming down at the beach and boat ramps in mangrove-dense areas, and recently been editing sequences for the final cut.

Doing some lithography

Doing some lithography

I’ve been doing some lithography with Jill O’Sullivan in the studio too. But I’ll probably save that for another post. Anyway, it’s been really busy these last few months, with lots of internal work projects as well. I’m looking forward to some time off in October to visit a friend in Melbourne. Until next time! -Alan

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