Future exhibitions

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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.

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.


Lindy Lee: Moon in a Dew Drop

Main Gallery, Artspace Mackay
5 November - 16 January 2022

Using light, shadow and scale, the work of influential Australian-Chinese artist Lindy Lee will mesmerise you. Slow down and absorb Lee’s reflective, meditative works and her spectacular array of processes. In this major survey exhibition of the artist’s work, see how Lee melts bronze, pours ink, and burns paper and steel to examine ideas around art history, cultural authenticity, identity and our relationship to the cosmos. Curated by MCA Director Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE and supported by Associate Curator Megan Robson this exhibition will introduce audiences to key works from across the artist’s extensive career, from early photocopy artworks to recent installations and sculptures.

IMAGE: Lindy LEE Love (An Unbounded Heart) 2017, from The Immeasurables, mirror polished stainless steel, LED, image courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Singapore, © the artist