Since opening in December 2002 Artspace Mackay has received a range of awards including:
Building of the Year - 2003 Mackay/Whitsundays Region Royal Australian Institute of Architects Awards;
Commendation - 2003 Mackay/Whitsunday Region Royal Australian Institute of Architects Awards;
Commendation - 2003 Australian Property Institute Excellence in Property Awards;
Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award - 2003 Mackay Region Industry and Tourism Awards;
Art and Architecture Award - Queensland Architecture Awards 2003, Royal Australian Institute of Architects;
Public Buildings, Cultural Building Award - Queensland Architecture Awards 2003, Royal Australian Institute of Architects
Community Services Facilities $2m-$10m Award - Queensland Master Builders Association (QMBA) Mackay/Whitsunday Housing and Construction Awards 2003.
Royal Australian Institute of Architects - 2003 Awards QLD Jury Statements
Award for Art & Architecture - Artspace Mackay
By Architect: Cox Rayner Architects
Artists: Jill Chism & Craig Walsh
"This building clearly exemplifies the award, as it is a container for art, a sculptural work in its own right with the architects as artists, and demonstrates the seamless marriage of artist and architect, notably in the skin of the principle façade to the street where it is impossible to separate the work of architect and artist. In all, the building opens up a challenging dialogue on the notion of contemporary public art."
Architecture Award for Cultural Public Buildings - Artspace Mackay
By Cox Rayner Architects
"Artspace Mackay is a community gallery that delivers on ambitions far beyond its modest brief for a principle gallery space and flexible ancillary spaces. The planning arrangement of the scheme allows for a number of community activities to be flexibly facilitated without compromising the restrained elegance or the international standard performance of the main gallery space. Great care has been taken in modelling its expressive, contemporary form, giving Mackay an intriguing and identifiable building with a symbolic dimension. The jury acknowledges this scheme as a polished accomplishment with power to provoke responses from both public and artists alike."
Australian Property Institute Excellence in Property Awards - 2003
Commendation - Artspace Mackay
"Mackay City has been able to match with the best of them with the development of Artspace Mackay. The careful creation of exhibition and cultural spaces and a strong architectural statement are principle reasons for this award. The space not only fulfills its cultural objectives but provides education, business and recreational opportunities and adds to Mackay's capability in the convention display and workshop arena. A special commendation to Mackay Regional Council for Artspace Mackay."