Exhibitions

OBSESSED: Compelled to make
ADC On Tour: An Australian Design Centre national touring exhibition

22 February - 19 May
FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay, Opening 6pm Friday 22 February.obsessed compelled to make

This Australian Design Centre touring exhibition explores the preoccupations that drive the creative process, moving beyond the finished work, to tell the hidden stories of making, uncovering the artists ’inspirations, day-to-day studio experiences, hours of expertise, and the joys and frustrations of obsession. These makers have been chosen from across the spectrum of making – textiles, ceramics,  furniture, metalwork, jewellery, conceptual art, glass blowing and sculptural weaving. Obsessed features Gabriella Bisetto, Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Honor Freeman, Jon Goulder, Kath Inglis,  Laura McCusker, Elliat Rich and James B Young (Elbowrkshp), Kate Rohde, Oliver Smith, Vipoo Srivilasa, Tjunkaya Tapaya, Louise Weaver and Liz Williamson.

Directors floor talk: 5.30 pm, Friday 22 Feb, FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay

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IMAGE: Gabriella Bisetto, 2017. Photograph by Angus Lee Forbes.

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Foundations in Drawing

08 February - 28 April
Foyer and Gallery Three, Artspace Mackay, Opening 6pm Friday 22 February 
foundations in drawing
The Mackay region has many strong, creative women who have helped shape the vibrant and diverse artistic presence that thrives today. This exhbition highlights recent works by eleven local, women artists linked through their participation in drawing classes with Clem Forbes. Clem was a Mackay artist, gallerist, and art educator who in the early 80s was considered by many to be the main driving force behind visual arts in the community. Today, creativity and inspiration continue to flourish and Foundations in Drawing celebrates the art of Kay Bampton, Mary Brown, Irene Coburn, Alison Fenech, Lyn Laver Ahmat, Lesley Kane, Margaret Burgess, Maria Lenz, Sybil Rodger, Raye Williams, and Leonie Wood.

IMAGE: Lesley KANE Charcoal legacy after the fire 2018, charcoal on paper, 60 x 80 cm.

Photograph: Jim Cullen.


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 THE WALL: David Raypeace, 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.