Community Programs

Townsville City Galleries provides a series of community programs that aim to inspire innovation, connection and inclusivity in the arts, some of which are developed partner programs that add value to the arts ecology in Townsville. See our current offering of community programs below.


Transitions participants from 2022. Photograph Courtesy of Limitless Films.

The Transitions program is a partnership between Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and Townsville City Galleries, that combines mentorship, critiques, and development for emerging and early-career visual artists who have recently finished formal arts training. Mentees are paired with an established local artist to help build their studio practice and portfolio, create artist CVs, and develop grant and exhibition application skills. Filling a void in the Townsville Arts Community, Transitions aims to give emerging artists the opportunity to source information, pursue opportunities to collaborate, inspire innovation, and grow in confidence to establish a career in the arts.

Hear more about the program and from the 2022 Transitions participants in this video:

Umbrella and Townsville City Galleries will call for 2024 Transitions mentees in late 2023. To find out more about the program, head to the Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts website.

Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Townsville City Council logos

Art Outreach

Whispering Vines by Fibres and Fabrics at Ephemera 2023. Photo by Andrew RankinTownsville City Galleries’ Art Outreach programs aim to carry out creative community-building by developing connections between local community groups and Townsville City Galleries. To achieve this, we engage local artists to deliver workshops in the community, providing opportunities for people to come together and share stories, experiences, and to inspire innovation and creativity. Groups are also offered tours of the Galleries to foster inclusivity in the arts and our Gallery spaces.

Whispering Vines

In 2023 Townsville City Galleries worked with local artist Chontelle Gillies on a series of collaborative workshops with Townsville retirement and lifestyle villages. Participants from Bolton Clark Rowes Bay, Brooklea Lifestyle Village, Carlyle Gardens Townsville, Oak Tree Retirement Village, and Fibres & Fabrics Townsville created individual artworks in a series of workshops that culminated in a collaborative community artwork called the Whispering Vines that was exhibited at Ephemera: Seaside Sculptures 2023. Knitting, crocheting, sewing, beading, macramé and weaving were techniques use to make these beautiful textile tree vines.

Image: Lifestyle groups with Chontelle Gilles Whispering Vines 2023. Photographer: Andrew Rankin.

Community Hub Workshops

Cassandra Roberts workshops at Althea's Community Hub

This year Townsville City Galleries is working with Althea's Community Hub on a series of workshops.

Image: Cassandra Roberts.