Art meets engineering as gallery announces new sponsor

Artspace Mackay’s main gallery has the backing of one of the Queensland mining industry’s premier engineering firms.

FIELD Engineers were announced as the new main gallery naming rights sponsor at the launch of Artspace’s latest exhibition, Primavera at 25: MCA Collection, on Friday night (February 16).

FIELD Engineer’s general manager David Hartigan said engineering and art were complementary.

“Engineering is about creative thinking and looking at something from different angles and viewpoints – great art and artists share those qualities.

“For me personally, a visit to the gallery can be inspirational and I always get a kick out of how artists see the world and interpret that view into their work.

“We are excited about this five-year partnership with Artspace Mackay Foundation and look forward to seeing local arts and culture flourish in that time through the gallery.

“At the end of the day, we live here, work here and do business here, so we want to see our region flourish and this for us is an excellent way to contribute.”

Also announced at the exhibition launch was the recipient of this year’s $4000 Artspace Mackay Foundation Hands On Bursary, Linnea Freeman.

Linnea has a passion for designing for social change and sustainability.

Mayor Greg Williamson said Linnea was a former Mirani State High Student in the third year of studying graphic design and the visual arts at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.

“There were some excellent candidates for this year’s Hands on Bursary; however, Linnea’s application was distinguished by its confidence and maturity,” Cr Williamson said.

“The judges were very impressed with the original, creative and professional presentation of her submission and were particularly taken with Linnea’s promotion of sustainability through her illustrations and designs.”

Linnea will use the funds from the bursary to support her honours project and third year graduation exhibition work. She also intends to further her skills in digital illustration and lettering with the purchase of a Wacom drawing tablet.

The Hands On Bursary was initiated in the memory of the late Rick Wood, one of Mackay’s most celebrated artists, and pays tribute to his service and enthusiasm for the arts.