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lysha Rei: The CQUniversity Wall

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
3 March - 3 June 2020

Presented this year in partnership with CQ University, The Wall is an artist-in-residence exhibition program offering Elysha ReiAustralian artists an opportunity to create a site-specific artwork directly onto the gallery’s foyer wall. Elysha Rei is a Japanese-Australian visual artist whose work draws upon her mixed heritage and lived experiences between places, cultures and communities. Her works are created from personal and historical archives that embed narrative and symbolism referencing Japanese design aesthetics. Works include portraits, patterns and paper cutting translated into large-scale murals and installation commissions. During her residency, Rei will draw upon historical and environmental research of the region to create a large-scale piece.

Opening Friday 6 March 6pm

Image: Elysha REI Hand-cut paper study – poinsettia tiles (detail)  2017, paper, 18 x 18 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

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Art of Collection

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
21 February -  3 June

This exhibition looks to the way an art collection can reflect the deeply personal interests, experiences andRoz Jones passions of the individual that drives it. Local art collector Ros Jones’ made her first serious art purchase in her early 20s. Today her home is adorned with artwork that has taken decades to amass. Described by Jones as “the fabric of her life,” this exhibition includes a selection of paintings, works on paper and ceramics from Jones’ personal art collection. Together these works reveal a little of what it means to be madly, passionately, enamoured with the art of collecting.

Opening Friday 6 March 6pm

Image: Ros Jones at home in front of her art collection, Mackay. Photo: Jim Cullen Photographer.

JamFactory Icon Catherine Truman: No surface holds

FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay
6 March - 7 June

Catherine Truman is one of South Australia’s most renowned artists and jewellers who works with a variety of Catherine Trumandiverse materials to create captivating and one-of-a-kind pieces. This JamFactory touring exhibition incorporates a mix of objects, installation, images, video and new works from her 20 years of research at the nexus of art and science. ‘Catherine Truman: No Surface Holds’ is the first time that Truman’s collaborative practice with artists and scientists is presented as a whole.

Opening Friday 6 March 6pm

Image: Catherine TRUMAN Ongoing Being (detail) 2010—ongoing, multimedia, dimensions variable. Photo: Grant Hancock.

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Michelle Vine: Contested Biography

Gallery Three, Artspace Mackay
11 April - 7 June

Michelle Vine is a Brisbane-based interdisciplinary artist. This exhibition looks to her focus on the site of knowledgeMichelle Vine formation in biological science—in particular her research on German Naturalist Amalie Dietrich who travelled through Australia in the 1860s collecting botanical, zoological and ethnographic specimens. In 2016, Vine retraced Dietrich’s journey in central and northern Queensland working as an amateur naturalist. This trip also led her back to Hamburg Germany to investigate Dietrich’s original collection specimens. A cumulation of discovery and response, the works show Vine’s experience of the Dietrich story, exploring intersections between science, history and art.

FREE ARTISTS' TALK: Thursday 9 April 6pm

Image: Michelle VINE Contested Biography I (quadrat) 2017 (detail), cyanotype on altered book, stitched, 138 x 216 cm. Mackay Regional Council Art Collection. Winner, Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Altered Book Award (acquisitive), Libris Awards, 2018.

2020 Libris Awards: The Australian Artists’ Book Prize

FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay
20 June - 13 September

Since opening its doors in 2003, the gallery has been dedicated in its exploration and support of the artists’ book Darren BRYANT medium. The Libris Awards play a significant role in showcasing the very latest and best in contemporary artists’ book practice in Australia, returning in 2020 with $14,500 in prizes. Visit this link to learn more about the prize categories and Conditions of Entry https://www.artspacemackay.com.au/whats_on/libris_awards

Opening Saturday 20 June 6pm

Image: Darren BRYANT Fold (volume 1)  2018, screen print on altered book, fold, buckram fabric cover, 24.6 x 18.4 x 6.8 cm. Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, purchased with Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal Artists’ Book Fund 2018.DBCT logoMRC logoasmf logo

Finding the Funny: The Art of Judy Horacek

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
12 June - 30 August

Depending on how old you are, Judy Horacek is best known for either her classic cartoon ‘Woman with Altitude’Judy Horacek or for doing all the pictures in the classic Where is the Green Sheep?, her first book with Mem Fox.  This exhibition will present original artwork from two sides of this busy artist.  Her cartoons for grownups often deal with the environment, social justice and women’s issues, while her picture book worlds created for children feature a range of animals doing unlikely things.

Opening Saturday 20 June 6pm

Image: Judy HORACEKFlying figure  2019, watercolour and laserprint on paper. Image courtesy the artist.

Ida Rentoul Outhwaite: Australian Imaginings

Gallery Three, Artspace Mackay
12 June to 20 September

Creator of feminine and enchanting fairy-tale illustrations, Ida Rentoul Outhwaite (1888-1960) was one of Australia’s Ida Rentoul Outhwaitemost celebrated women artists of the early twentieth century. She was at the fore of a new wave of Australian storytelling for a new generation of Australian-born children, incorporating native flora and fauna into the fairy-tale genre, creating a uniquely local feel. The books she illustrated remain present in the collective national memory. This exhibition brings together original works on paper from the early part of Rentoul Outhwaite’s career along with a collection of published books. Together they show the development of the artist’s iconic visual style.

Opening Saturday 20 June 6pm

Image: Ida RENTOUL OUTHWAITE After dinner speech (detail)c.1927, pen and ink, 42.3 x 36.1 cm. Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and courtesy the copyright holder.