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.


Finding the Funny: The Art of Judy Horacek

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
15 August to 18 October 2020

Depending on how old you are, Judy Horacek is best known for either her classic cartoon ‘Woman with Altitude’ 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.

Image: Judy HORACEK Baby rat jumping into parent's arms (detail)  2015, laser print and watercolour, 28 x 37 cm. From This & That, Sydney: Scholastic Australia, pg 31. Image courtesy the artist.

Conversations with Australian South Sea Islanders: A Missing Chapter from Australian History

A Missing Chapter from Australian History

Foundation Gallery, Artspace Mackay
25 September to 29 November

Many of Mackay’s Australian South Sea Islander population are descendants of people who first arrived in Queensland because of blackbirding, a nineteenth century practice that supported the early days of the sugar cane industry with unpaid labour. Mackay artist Janet Ambrose recounts this missing chapter of Australian history via 50 oral interviews and charcoal-drawn portraits. Created over two years, the project records painful histories and reveals the strength and pride of a vibrant, diverse and thriving community.

Image: Janet AMBROSE Doug Mooney (detail) 2020, charcoal on watercolour paper, 40 x 40 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection On Tour

Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection On Tour

FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay
25 September to 29 November  2020

Patricia Piccinini invites audiences to think about their place in a world where advances in biotechnology and digital technologies blur the lines between human, nature and the artificial world. The artist’s fascination with these boundaries and relationships led The New York Times to describe her creations as ‘sculptures of life forms that don’t exist’ – her lifelike hybrid creatures seamlessly blend human, animal and machine elements to reveal life forms that are extraordinarily familiar.

Education Resources: For educators planning a visit  to the exhibition, please click on the links below to view the accompanying education resources with links to both primary and secondary curriculum.

Image: Patricia Piccinini Australia VIC b.1965
The Couple (detail) 2018, Silicone, fibreglass, hair, cotton; ed. 1/3 + 1 AP.  The Taylor Family Collection. Purchased 2018 with funds from Paul, Sue and Kate Taylor through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation.

Jabu Birriny [Land + Sea]

Jabu Birriny

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
23 October to 17 January

Jabu (land) Birriny (sea) celebrates the unique environment of Yarrabah and its ongoing importance to culture and people. Located on the shore of Cape Grafton in Far North Queensland, Yarrabah is the traditional Country of the Gunggandji People with a dynamic Aboriginal community surrounded by tropical native bushland and mountain ranges united by sandy coastlines and coral reefs. The exhibition brings together stories rich in lineal, past and recent histories through vibrant prints, intricately woven vessels and textured ceramics that embody the land and sea. Presented by Flying Arts, the exhibition has been co-curated by State Library of Queensland with Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct.

IMAGE: Edna AMBRYM Mayi bugaam – sea (detail) 2017, etching on paper, 40 x 40 cm. Photo: Mick Richards Photography. Image courtesy Yarrabah Arts and Cultural Precinct.

Lyn Laver-Ahmat: Light on Landscape

Foundation Gallery, Artspace Mackay
5 December - 14 February

Mackay artist and art educator Lyn Laver-Ahmat has established her practice over decades, responding to emotional connections to nature and place. Light on Landscape includes recent works exploring a palette of gentle colours and impressions of space and form, inspired by travels to outback Queensland and more familiar scenes closer to home.

IMAGE: Lyn LAVER-AHMAT After the rain (detail) 2019, acrylic on canvas board, 80 x 100 cm. Image courtesy the artist.


FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay
11 December - 14 February 

Systematic is a blend of playful, vibrant and kinetic works that invite viewers to reflect on their own relationship to contemporary systems; the interdependency between the part and the whole; and the creative potential of systemic productivity and failure. It showcases eight Australian artists whose works constitute self-contained, interactive systems in their own right, or engage with systems principles at conceptual and material levels.

IMAGE: Nad├Ęge PHILIPPE-JANON At the core is another (detail) 2018, materials include salt, glass prisms, motors, animation, sound, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist.