Future exhibitions

Due to new COVID-19 rules, social distancing and upgraded hygiene measures are now in place at Artspace Mackay for the safety of visitors and staff. Hand sanitiser is available on entry, and events are limited in numbers and spaced to allow participants to engage in adequate social distancing within all areas of the facility. Please contact us if you have any concerns or queries prior to visiting 4961 9722.

Tracey Robb: The Lichen Garden

Foundation Gallery, Artspace Mackay
30 July - 31 October 2021

Using custom tools and jigs, Mackay-based artist Tracey Robb’s crochet practice centres on the fauna and flora of tropical Queensland. For this exhibition, Robb has applied her skills and experimentation in free-form crochet to the world of lichen. With scientific accuracy and a playful heart, the artist has created a large-scale, immersive display celebrating ecological diversity.

IMAGE: Tracey ROBB Hypogymnia Lugubris (detail) 2020, waxed polyester fabric, metallic polyester and cotton yarns, and wire, 40 x 55 x 10 cm. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Jim Cullen Photography.

Jenna Lee: Cont.ained

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
22 October - 9 January 2022

Jenna Lee is an artist of Indigenous (Larrakia, Wardaman, and Karrajarri), Asian (Japanese, Chinese, and Filipino) and Anglo-Australian ancestry who manipulates paper to explore her many overlapping identities. Her research into ancestral cultural objects and archival practices inform an artist's book-making practice that often imitates the display of specimens or artefacts. According to the artist, museums often present objects in which “meaning is severely cont.(ained), instead of allowing for a cont.(inued) function.”

IMAGE: Jenna LEE Story carrier (detail) 2020, pages of ‘Aboriginal Words and Place Names,’ bookbinding thread, and varnish. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Lean Timms.

Jonathan McBurnie: Birdland

Foundation Gallery, Artspace Mackay
5 November - 16 January 2022

North Queensland artist Jonathan McBurnie draws upon the aesthetics of professional wrestling, a performative genre he describes as a fascinating paradox: “on one level it’s a fiction with planned storylines and predetermined victories and losses; and on another level it’s all too real with a high physical toll, frequent injuries and subsequent self-medication.” The exhibition of new drawings on a large, immersive scale are inspired by parallels between professional wrestling and McBurnie’s personal experience of continuing his creative practice amid illness and the impact of an ongoing recovery.

IMAGE: Jonathan McBURNIE A SEARCH FOR TRUTH (detail) 2020, ink and watercolour on paper, 29.7 x 42 cm. Courtesy the artist..