Exhibitions

COVID-19 Update – Gallery Closure

For the safety of our community, Artspace Mackay will be temporarily closed to the public from March 25, 2020 until further notice. The Artspace Mackay team will be exploring new and innovative ways to share our current exhibition programs via video and livestream.  Keep an eye on this page for updates and thank you for your understanding.

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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Elysha 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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Disquiet: Ecological Anxieties and Transformations

Gallery Three, Artspace Mackay
24 January – 5 April 2020Dover decoy

A Queensland touring exhibition by Barbara Dover and Robyn Glade-Wright, Disquiet examines the anxieties surrounding human generated pressures on the marine environment. Created using discarded plastic and other debris that has been carried in from the sea and washed ashore along the Queensland coast, their work highlights the global issue of ocean pollution, and the plight of an increasingly threatened ocean ecology.

FREE ARTISTS' TALK: Thursday 23 January 6pm

To view the Ecological Anxieties and Transformations exhibition catalogue please click here

IMAGE: Barbara Dover Decoy, 2018. found squid hooks washed up on far north Queensland beaches, metal, glue 35 x 35 x 25 cm, Courtesy the artist

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Art of Collection: Ros Jones

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.