GERRY WEDD Kitschen Man
30 November - 17 February
FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay, Opening 6pm Friday 30 November.
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.
Gerry WEDD Emotional Map Pot 2016. Coil built, terracotta, coloured slip decoration, 1120ºC, dimensions: 540x260mm.
Photography Andrew Cowen.
Focus on the Collection: Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison
30 November - 03 February
Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay | Opening Friday 02 November
The focus for this exhibition of works drawn from the Mackay Regional Council collection are Melbourne artists Gracia Haby and Louise Jennison who have been making artists’ books collaboratively since 1999. Regular finalists in Artspace Mackay's biennial exhibition Libris Awards: The Australian Artists' Book Prize, Haby and Jennison say that choosing artists' books as their medium gives them an opportunity to explore and consider an array of ideas relating to format, illustration, typography, paper quality, assembly and production.
THE WALL: David Ray
30 November 2018 - 17 March 2019
Foyer Gallery | Artspace Mackay, Opening 6pm Friday 30 November.
David Ray is a ceramic artist based in the Yarra Valley whose work often 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. This new show titled I come in peace, take me to your leader will explore the notion of peace, and what that means to us as individuals in a regional community. David will run ‘Peace talks’ workshops with community members, then incorporate the ideas generated in these discussions, and his signature ceramic pieces into a wall mural which will be created on-site in the Foyer Gallery at Artspace. Follow Artspace Mackay on Facebook to find out how you can be involved in the ‘Peace talks’ that help David to create this exciting new work!
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. Peace talks workshop, 6pm Thursday 22 November, Artspace Mackay
David RAY Oxygen 2015, earthenware, silver, decal and enamel. Image courtesy the artist.
SUGAR VS THE REEF?
02 November - 27 January
Gallery Three, Artspace Mackay | Opening 6pm Friday 02 November.
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 will host an agricultural planting event in late August 2018, and a sunflower harvesting event in late November 2018, at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens - for more information see www.sugar-vs-the-reef.net and www.watershedmackay.land
IMAGE: Sunflowers and sugarcane, Simon Mattsson’s farm, Marian, 2017. Photography: Summer Rain.