Sacred Ink: Connecting to culture

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
8 Nov to 16 Febsacred ink

Sacred Ink: Connecting to culture is an Artspace Mackay photographic exhibition delivered in partnership with the Mackay and District Australian South Sea Islander Association (MADASSIA), which explores how the art of tattooing has been embraced by local Australian South Sea Islanders as a means of cultural connection to, and affirmation of, their South Sea Islander heritage. Sacred Ink investigates the stories of their tattoos and how they intersect with themes of family, heritage and identity.

IMAGE: Jardine Bobongie, 2019. Photograph: Jim Cullen.

Losing Home, Finding Home: Mika Nakamura-Mather

FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay
29 Nov to 23 Feb The floating world

The term zeitgeist is loosely understood as defining a spirit or mood of a particular time. When considering the body of work produced by Mika Nakamura-Mather, it is clear that each piece is an exploration and act of memory. Objects have been charged through a specific mode of usage, a particular fabrication process or artistic gesture to create new perceptions about her homeland. The old and new meet to create another here. New knowledge is manifest through critical enquiry and the act of making. While her memories of home are constantly in a state of flux, Mika's knowing is constant. These 'decay theory-ridden' objects offer up to the viewer not only attempts by the artist to remember her belonging to a place and a culture that is and was Japan but also, through the process of assemblage they reflect the spirit of the times in which they dwell.

IMAGE: MIKA NAKAMURA-MATHER Telescoping (the tyranny of distance) 2018. Japanese indigenous bamboo, kyogi paper, natural Japanese mineral pigments, ink, 150 x 650cm approx. Image courtesy the artist.

Focus on the Collection: CeramicsTakashi OYAMA & Rick WOOD Large salt-fired platter  1984

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
8 Nov to 16 Feb

From the mid-20th century, Australian potters have had extraordinary access and exchange with Asia, especially Japan and China. Through photography, textbooks, travel and formal or informal training, many makers were exposed to and inspired by ceramic making traditions that hark back centuries and even millennia.

This exhibition draws from the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, paying attention to visible traces of East Asian ceramic techniques and aesthetics that emerged in works by both makers in the Mackay region and throughout Australia.

IMAGE: Takashi OYAMA & Rick WOOD Large salt-fired platter  1984, stoneware with wood-ash deposit and salt glaze, 12.5 x 59.5 cm diam. Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, gift of Pioneer Potters 2005.

Reasonable & Necessary: Prints and artist books by Artel Artists

Gallery Three, Artspace Mackay
18 Oct to 19 Janreasonable and necessary

This inspiring touring exhibition showcases the work of 33 Artel Artists, some of whom possess complex and profound disabilities. Artel, CPL’s (Choice, Passion, Life) creative industries studio supports the development of a positive and participatory cultural identity for people with profound and complex disabilities. The studio offers space, instruction and an environment in which this particular community of individuals has been able, over many years, to express themselves as a dynamic artistic movement. The artists are: Christine Baillie, Jonathon Baldwin, Jacob Bradshaw, James Clark, Kristi Cochrane, Bevon Diver, Michael Doust, Cara Dunstan, Jennifer Duperouzel, Robert Gallagher, Anne Higginson, Tonia Hoffman, William Hunt, Nathan Langdown, Justin Lavender, Reece Lockrey, Kim Marshall, Liam McMahon, Robert Oakman, Jeff Parkinson, Christopher Paul, Peter Phillips, Christopher Pitot, Jeremy Ruckels, Elizabeth Saunders, Vanessa Spagna, Beverley Stack, Scott Stanton, Daniel Swart, Christine Tweedale, Richard Uil, Genice Wolski and Sara Wyatt

IMAGE: Dan SWART Sunset - Pelican Park, Clontarf  2016. Reduction relief print, 300 x 405mm, Courtesy of the artist and Artel. Photograph: Vanessa Xerri.
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