In 2016, as part of Townsville's T150 celebrations, the Special Collections of the JCU Library hosted a series of displays showing the visual history of Townsville, culminating in a curated art exhibition in conjuction with Umbrella Studios.
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, 2016, from 1- 5.30pm.
Location: Education Central, Building 134, James Cook University, Townsville Campus
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
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.
We acknowledge the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.