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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) (detail) 2017, 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

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 HORACEK Flying 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.