Name ASSI150
Start of first instance 21st Mar 2017 10:00am
End of first instance 21st May 2017 5:00pm
Duration of each instance 61 days and 7 hours
Frequency Every day, until 21st May 2017

Opens March 21
Closed Mondays

2017 is a significant year that marks the 150th anniversary of the arrival of South Sea Islanders to Mackay. This anniversary is a significant milestone for our local Australian South Sea Islander (ASSI) community and an important part of Australia’s history.

Australian South Sea Islanders, despite the hardships they have suffered, are a strong and dynamic community who continue to make an enormous contribution to all aspects of life, not only in the Mackay region, but in the broader Australian community as well.

A selection of objects from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences aims to introduce viewers to the cultural diversity, vitality and spirit resonance of Oceanic art and to some of its universe of forms, both old and new.

Art Sunday Twilight Film: TANNA / 6pm Sunday 14 May, Civic Precinct, Gordon St, Mackay
What a wonderful way to celebrate Mothers Day! Bring your family and friends, a picnic and some folding chairs for an enjoyable evening film in the green spaces of the Civic Centre Precinct. In conjunction with Artspace’s exhibition ASSI 150, commemorating 150 years since the arrival of South Sea Islanders to Mackay, Artspace proudly announces a free public showing of Tanna, an extraordinary, award-winning Australia/Vanuatu co-production film. Tanna is a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story set in one of the world's last true tribal societies. It is the first feature film shot entirely in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, in a village called Yakel.