Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Articulate: Postcard Exhibition and Competition

September 29 - November 18
Foyer Gallery
Opening night: 6pm Friday, October 19
RSVP 4961 9722

Articulate is a fundraising exhibition, competition, art sale and auction proudly presented by Artspace Mackay Foundation with major sponsor Ray White Mackay City. More than 160 artworks on canvas have been donated by artists from around the country and will be on show in the Foyer Gallery at Artspace Mackay from September 29. All entries are eligible for valuable prizes in five sections, with winners announced, artworks up for auction and for sale from 6pm on the official opening night, Friday, October 19. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the excitement and lively fun of the art auction, with feature works donated by artists John Honeywill and Jet James, a Director’s Choice silent auction of 10 quality compact canvas works, and all other works in the exhibition for sale. It’s a great and fun way to start or add to your art collection, so tell your friends and family and share on Facebook to help us spread the word!

Pasted Paper Portraits: September holiday drop-in art activities

September 25 to October 7 (10am - 5pm Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 3pm weekends)

These September school holidays, no matter your age, bring your friends and family to Artspace for lots of creative drawing and collage to make portraits! Inspired by Clara Adolphs’ latest exhibition called Familiar Distance, the walls of the workshop room will be decorated with vintage photographs of people. Your creative challenge is to draw, cut or tear coloured and patterned paper into shapes and collage them together to make your own vintage portraits! Stay for a few minutes or a few hours, it’s free for all, no bookings necessary. (Parental supervision for children under 13 required.)


Book launch: Gift of Knowledge

10am Thursday, October 11
Foyer Gallery

Gift of Knowledge is a beautiful new book showcasing 30 years of ceramic works by Jenuarrie, a Koinjmal woman artist from the eastern coastal plains of Central Queensland, between Mackay and Rockhampton. Speaking about her work Jenuarrie says ‘My practical work in hand-building pottery is embedded in the tradition of the Lapita pottery practice whilst at the same time being very much influenced by western art standards and the ‘calling’ of my Aboriginal heritage.’ Join Jenuarrie at the book launch to help her celebrate this milestone in her artistic career.

Kids Art Club Term 4

Six Saturdays from Saturday, October 27 to Saturday, December 1

10am - 12pm > 6 to 8 year olds
1pm - 3pm > 9 to 12 year olds

Bookings are open for Kids Art Club, Artspace Mackay’s ongoing term-based Saturday art program for kids. Renowned local artist Rosemary Payne delivers this rich six week program of creative art for kids in two age groups. Each week they explore and respond to the exhibitions on show at Artspace Mackay through fun-filled art activities. They learn new techniques and make art with all kinds of exciting creative art materials. The fee is $160 per child for six weeks and includes art materials each week, book now 4961 9722.

BMA Kidspace 2018

10am – 2pm Tuesday, October 23 (noon - 1pm music and dancing)
The workshop room

Join local artists and performers for creative art activities designed for toddlers and their adults. BMA Kidspace, Artspace Mackay’s ever popular toddler’s program, gives children under five a chance to explore and have fun with art in a climate of co-operative learning. The program includes free artist-run workshops from 10am to 2pm and live musical entertainment for kids from noon to 1pm. Bring your children along for a fun day of art-making, singing and dancing. Proudly presented by BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance and Mackay Regional Council.

Visual thinking Strategies (VTS)

3:30pm (for a 3:45pm start) the last Thursday every month

What’s going on in this picture? There are no wrong answers when it comes to Visual Thinking Strategies delivery. VTS is about looking at art, considering what we see, then putting what we see into words. It’s not an art history lesson, it’s a method of teaching that empowers the learner, strengthening oral communication, visual literacy and creative and analytical skills. Whether you’re an experienced educator, or just someone with a love of art, language and social interaction, our VTS practise sessions are for you! You can begin by simply participating as an audience member, and over time, you might like to join the rest of us as we practise delivering VTS sessions ourselves. It’s challenging, empowering and extremely enjoyable. Come along and try it, it’s free - but let us know you’re coming so we have a chair for you. Phone: 4961 9722 / Email:

Speed Date the Collection

Thursday, October 25
5:45pm for a 6pm start (until 7:15pm)

Our informal Speed date the Collection night is an opportunity for the community to ‘meet’ artists’ books from the Collection in an informal and fun way. In a social context participants can become familiar with the rich resource of artists’ books held in the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection. How it works: Six artists’ books, six staff or volunteers and ten minutes to experience an initial spark of interest, attraction and connection to an artwork - or not as the case may be! Following standard speed dating rules participants rotate to meet each artists’ book over a series of short "dates" lasting around ten minutes. Participants have one-on-one ‘conversations’ for a limited time with the trained presenter and then move on when requested to the next artists’ book. Free to attend, bookings essential. Phone 4961 9722 to reserve your seat.

On yer bike

Until November 25, 2018
FIELD Engineers Gallery

We wash them, we polish them. Sometimes we even name them. But above all, we ride them. Mackay has a long and rich history of motorcycling from the sand racing on the Northern Beaches in the 1920s to the speedway at the Showgrounds at its peak in the 1970s. The tradition of collecting and restoring is alive and well in Mackay and On yer bike provides an opportunity to view not only an eclectic mix of motorcycles but also to learn the stories of local motorcyclists - stories of ingenuity, courage and daring.

Clara Adolphs: Familiar Distance

Until October 28
Gallery Three

Sydney born figurative painter Clara Adolphs spent time in the region in 2017, participating in Artspace Mackay’s vibrant new Artist in Residence Program. Her culminating exhibition Familiar Distance is a collection of paintings examining Mackay’s past and present. Adolphs concentrated on using observations and records of moments in time from Mackay. Exploring old photographs, newspaper clippings and making personal observations she ‘attempted to create an image of Mackay over time’ a collection of everyday happenings that formed part of our town’s history and social fabric.

Sugar vs The Reef?

Gallery Three
Opening 6pm Friday, November 2, RSVP 4961 9722

Between 2014 and 2019, artists Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein have been working alongside sugarcane farmers in the Mackay region on a project called Sugar vs The Reef? This socially engaged art project explores the possibilities of regenerative agriculture for improving environmental outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef. A vital and topical issue that is of great interest in our local and national community, the Sugar vs The Reef? exhibition will showcase a selection of the artists’ field research through photographs, video, lithographic prints and artefacts. This project is affiliated with the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, Mackay Regional Council’s RADF program, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and Central Queensland Soil Health Systems. In conjunction with the exhibition, the artists hosted an agricultural planting event in late August 2018, and will host a sunflower harvesting event in late November 2018, at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens - for more information see and

Gerry Wedd: Kitschen Man

November 30, 2018 - February 17, 2019
FIELD Engineers Gallery
Opening 6pm Friday, November 30
RSVP 4961 9722

Gerry Wedd enjoys a national reputation in Australia for his hand-built blue and white ceramics that brim with a dry wit oscillating from the humorous to darkly disturbing. From his beginnings at the kitchen table, guided by his mother’s hobby-obsession through to formal training at University of South Australia and his studio tenancy at JamFactory, Wedd draws his craft out of his own inspirations, interest and experiences. Kitschen Man will also feature works from an ever-changing personal collection of inspirations, work made by family, friends, colleagues and mentors such as Jo Crawford, Peter Johnson, Philip Hart, Lesa Farrant, Lincoln Kirby Bell, Chris Headley, Toni Warburton and Stephen Benwell.

Peace talks with artist David Ray

6pm Thursday, November 22
Artspace Mackay

Artspace Mackay’s artist-in-residence, David Ray wants you to share your ideas and opinions about Peace. So bring your friends and join him at the gallery for peace talks - a free group discussion with an opportunity to express what Peace means to you. David believes “the majority of people are good natured and well-meaning, yet those sentiments are rarely expressed in today’s media” The ideas generated in these discussions will be incorporated into his site-specific mural for The Wall titled ‘I come in peace, take me to your leader’. Participants in this entertaining and informative community think tank will discuss ideas about what generates Peace, from personal and social standpoints, in local and world environments. We’ll look to the future - contemplating what our next generations might face in terms of creating and maintaining Peace. David Ray is a ceramic artist from the Yarra Valley who has a reputation for creating wild and flamboyant work. He is an Artspace Mackay artist-in-residence producing a site-specific artwork for The Wall over a two week period in November. This is a great opportunity for people in our community to see and even collaborate with an accomplished Australian artist.

I come in peace, take me to your leader: David Ray

November 30, 2018 - March 17, 2019
Foyer Gallery
Opening 6pm Friday, November 30
RSVP 4961 9722

An Artspace Mackay initiative, The Wall is an Artist in Residence exhibition program that offers Australian artists an opportunity to create an artwork directly onto the wall within the gallery. David Ray is a ceramic artist based in the Yarra Valley whose work provides wry commentary on contemporary consumerism and the less celebrated aspects of Australian cultural life. His work often explores the complex relationship between beauty and ugliness, and defies conventional making techniques.

Draft Public Art Strategy 2018-2023  

Council is seeking feedback from the community on the draft version of the Public Art Strategy before it is endorsed. Following a successful round of workshops and online survey providing valuable input into it's development, the Draft Public Art Strategy is ready for review. The Public Art Strategy is a living document, which aims to engage and inspire artists and diverse audiences in innovative and enchanting creative endeavours and to encourage meaningful and lively celebration of the region’s culture and environments. Provide your feedback on the vision, guiding principles and goals contained within the strategy by completing the short, four-question survey at: Connecting Mackay by Monday, October 8.
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