TAKE ROOT (COLONY): Project Another Country

14 June – 18 August
FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay
alfredo and isabel
In March 2019, internationally-renowned artists Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan visited Mackay to facilitate community art workshops and devise  participative, drop-in style art activities, the result of this residency has formed part of their new work, Take root (Colony): Project Another Country. Alfredo and Isabel emigrated from the Philippines to Australia in 2006. Over many years they have created complex installations, working with communities around the world to create works that explore narratives of displacement, change, memory and community. These large-scale installations often reflect their own migratory experiences. The community art aspects of the project have been supported by Glencore’s Hail Creek Mine Community Development Fund and the Artspace Mackay Foundation.

Installation Drop-In Activity: 14 June – 18 August (FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay)

Visitors to the gallery will be able to make their own cardboard houses to be added to the installation during the exhibition.

IMAGE: Alfredo and Isabel AQUILIZAN, Halo artist-in-residence program, Mosman Art Gallery, 2017.


16  April - 14 August
The Foyer, Artspace MackayBuff Diss

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.
Melbourne-based street artist Buff Diss is best known for his utilisation of tape to create large scale murals. He identifies with a ‘graffiti mentality’ aiming for each of his works to respond directly
to the environment they are created within. During his residency, Buff Diss will use mappings of Mackay and the surrounding areas to form a graphic narrative in mural form on The Wall at Artspace Mackay.

IMAGE: Buff DISS Wilson ranges 2018, acrylic. Photograph Dean Sunshine.

KIT WEBSTER: Phaseshift

12 July to 13 October
Gallery Three, Artspace Mackay
Kit Webster

Drawing upon ideas of perception and consciousness, the kinetic work Phaseshift explores the parallels between environments, both digital and physical. Bringing together ideas of time and space,
the constant rhythmic pulse of form, the pendulum and projection collide and interact inciting a hypnotic meditative experience for the viewer.

IMAGE: Kit WEBSTER Phaseshift 2016, mechanical pendulum, electromagnetic motor, light projection. Pictured at Loop Alternative Space, Seoul, South Korea. Electrical and mechanical engineering by Brendan CAMPBELL. Image courtesy the artist.


04 May - 14 August
Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

Hanssen Pigott created a new language for ceramics through her famous still-life groupings. Bowls, bottles, beakers, jugs and cups were displayed in carefully orchestrated arrangements.It was in the early 1980s that Gwyn began testing the boundaries of ceramic art, stripping away (as she saw it) unnecessary or extraneous aspects of her forms. In 1988, the artist settled just west of Mackay in Netherdale and established a pottery studio, building her own woodfired kiln. From 1989 to 2000, Netherdale proved to be one of the most isolated yet longest running and prolific periods in her career. During this time she travelled extensively and exhibited both nationally and internationally, consolidating her reputation. In 2017 with the support of the Artspace Mackay Foundation, a major work was acquired, adding to nine smaller works by Gwyn Hanssen Pigott in the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection

IMAGE: Gwyn HANSSEN PIGOTT Still life 1995, porcellaneous stoneware (woodfired), 27.5 x 54.0 x 20 cm (overall). Mackay Regional Council Art Collection. Purchased 2017. Photograph: Jim Cullen.