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TOWNSVILLE PAST & PRESENT:

the City’s visual history drawn from the Special Collections of James Cook University Library

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During the series of events celebrating Townsville’s 150 anniversary, JCU Library and Information Services in partnership with JCU Media Journalism, Umbrella Studio contemporary arts and the Townsville Bulletin were proud to present the visual history of Townsville drawn from the JCU Library Special Collections and the JCU Art Collection.

James Cook University Library maintains collections of unique and rare materials of cultural and historical significance to Australia with a focus on north Queensland and the tropics. Special Collections includes a significant body of highly visual materials showcasing the history and development of the city of Townsville. The James Cook University Art Collection includes major artworks by many Townsville based artists.

The events programme included an exhibition of selected artworks from the JCU Art Collection followed by an exhibition seminar at James Cook University and curatorial displays of artworks and artefacts displayed at the Mabo Library throughout the year.

Curated Art Exhibition

Celebrating Townsville: the City’s visual history drawn from the James Cook University Art Collection

This  curated exhibition showcased works by Townsville based art educators and their students demonstrating the lineage of teacher to student and the value of studio practice. The exhibition featured 25 works by 12 artists, all JCU alumni, which was hosted at Umbrella Studio with free access to the education programme events and resources.

Held: 8th July to 14th August 2016.
Location: Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, Flinders Street, Townsville

Official opening

Held: Friday 8 July at 6pm.
Location: Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, Flinders Street, Townsville
Welcome by Professor Sandra Harding, JCU Vice-Chancellor and President; address by Mr. Ross Searle, Exhibition Curator.

JCU Alumni Networking and Exhibition Viewing

Held: Friday 22 July, at 6pm.
Location: Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, Flinders Street, Townsville

For this free event, alumni were invited to reconnect with old friends and network with new contacts. Short presentations were given by Mr John Chandler, Manager Alumni and External Engagement and Mrs Bronwyn McBurnie, JCU Special Collection Librarian.

Celebrating Townsville Exhibition Seminar

Held: Saturday 23 July, from 1- 5.30pm.
Location: Education Central,  Building 134, James Cook  University, Townsville Campus

Program included:

  • Official opening and welcome address by JCU Chancellor, Mr Bill Tweddell
  • Keynote address by Ms Angela Goddard, Director, Griffith Artworks, Griffith University Art Gallery and Griffith University Art Collection
  • “Celebrating Townsville” curator’s presentation by Ross Searle
  • Ten 4 minute presentations by JCU Visual Arts alumni members focussing on four creative outcomes in their lives
  • Tour of the Mabo Library

Celebrating Townsville Panel Discussion

Held: 24th July, 10.30 - 11.45am.
Location: Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, Flinders Street, Townsville

All members of the community were invited to join in a fun and informative morning discussion with a selection of artists from the “Celebrating Townsville” exhibition about “the things” that matter to them. We explored how the objects artists collect play a vital role in their creative work and lives in a discussion panel hosted by Dr. Jonathan McBurnie – Director, Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, and Bronwyn McBurnie - Special Collections Librarian at JCU Library.

Mabo Library Curated Satellite Displays February –  November 2016

Featuring artwork and artefacts at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, James Cook University Townsville Campus.

13 FEBRUARY – 12 MARCH

 

Townsville - Landmarks and the Natural Environment

Blog post

19 MARCH – 16 APRIL

 

Townsville at Work

Blog post

23 APRIL – 15 MAY

 

Portraits and Personalities of Townsville

20 MAY – 5 JUNE

 

Celebrating Mabo

Note: this period includes:

Mabo Art Exhibition (ground floor) Tommy Pau (Umbrella touring exhibition)

Blog post

9 JUNE – 3 JULY

 

Events and Festivals in the Tropics

Blog post

9 JULY – 14 AUGUST

 

Artists in Townsville

Note: this period includes:

Celebrating Townsville T150 exhibition at Umbrella Studio, 8 July to 14 August

Exhibition Seminar and JCU Alumni celebrations, 23 July

19 AUGUST – 4 SEPTEMBER

 

Higher Education comes to town: JCU in Townsville

7 SEPTEMBER – 8 OCTOBER

 

Architecture in Townsville

20 OCTOBER – 26 NOVEMBER

 

Townsville on the Move

Note: this period includes:

Special Collections Open Day

Useful Links

For more information contact specialcollections@jcu.edu.au

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