Current 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.


Tony DRUERY: Horizons

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
04 February - 16 May 2021

Tony Druery (1964 - 2016) was an artist and educator in the Mackay community, creating images that spoke to his love of the water, the Australian outback and scenes closer to home. His dynamic fish-eye views of Mackay’s construction boom in the late 2000s capture a rapidly changing cityscape at an important time in the town’s recent history. Druery’s linocut prints exploit the visual attractions of cranes and scaffolding while also expressing the disorientation felt by many of Mackay’s local residents at the time. In recognition of Druery’s untimely death, the exhibition will showcase well-loved works alongside unexhibited pieces to commemorate his legacy within the local arts community.

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IMAGE: Tony DRUERY A new level (detailed) c. 2009, linocut print, edition 8/10, 28 x 41 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Dylan Mooney: The Wall

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
16 Feb – 12 May 2021

The Wall is an artist-in-residence exhibition program offering Australian artists the opportunity to create a site-specific artwork directly onto the gallery’s foyer wall. Now in its sixth iteration, Artspace Mackay hosts Mackay-raised Dylan Mooney, an emerging Yuwi, Torres Strait Islander, and Australian South Sea Islander artist. Mooney’s practice includes prints and drawings inspired by First Nations history, culture, and personal ancestry. Mooney’s residency will include archival research and learning on Country about traditional Yuwi shield-making and other material cultures of this region’s First Peoples.

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IMAGE: Dylan MOONEY Away from country (detail) 2020, lithography and watercolour, 111.5 x 77 cm. Image courtesy the artist.

A Changing Ecology

Foundation Gallery, Artspace Mackay
19 February - 16 May 2021

Drawing from historical and contemporary works held in the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection and Mackay Libraries’ Heritage Collection, A Changing Ecology explores representations of Mackay and greater Queensland’s flora and fauna since colonisation. The exhibition features early local photographs and glass plate negatives, historic botanical illustrations and floral still lifes alongside Indigenous voices including Danie Mellor, Fiona Foley, and Archie Moore, whose works look back on these past visualisations of Australia and its people.

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IMAGE: Danie MELLOR A changing ecology (detailed) 2012, pencil, pastel, paint, and wash on paper, 118 x 167.5 cm. Mackay Regional Council Art Collection. Commissioned by Mackay Regional Council, BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal and Artspace Mackay Foundation 2012.

Ron MCBURNIE: In Search of Arcadia

FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay
26 February - 16 May 2021

Ron McBurnie is a leading Townsville-based artist and educator, drawing inspiration from early traditions of British and European printmaking and painting. In 2019 and 2020 McBurnie completed an extended artist residency with Artspace Mackay, capturing beloved landscapes and views of this region en plein air. The resulting suite of work on paper will be shown together in a major celebration of the beauty of Mackay and its surroundings, from Cape Hillsborough beaches to cane fields in Eton.

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IMAGE: Ron McBURNIE Rain clouds over Kinchant Dam (detailed) 2020, ink on paper, 46 x 62 cm. Image courtesy the artist.