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.


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.

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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.