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.



Main Gallery, Artspace Mackay
24 July - 17 October 2021

Bringing together rich and diverse artworks from many of this country’s most exciting Indigenous artists, Void articulates the unknown as space, time and landscape.

“The void is a complex space of exclusion and inclusion, definition and deliberate ambiguity. But as these artists demonstrate, the void is always lived upon, navigated and known even as it remains unseen, unknown and undefined”
– curator Emily McDaniel

IMAGE: James TYLOR (Deleted Scenes) From an Untouched Landscape #7 Knocklofty Reserve, West Hobart, Palawa Land (detail) 2013, inkjet print on Hahnemühle paper with hole removed to a black velvet void, 63 x 63 cm framed. Courtesy the artist and UTS Art Collection.

Focus on the Collection: Collaged

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
30 July - 17 October 2021

The early twentieth century saw the artform of collage gain momentum as artists incorporated paper, material and found ephemera in distinct new visual imagery. Today, collage is realised in many forms; from the hand-cut to digital montage. Drawing from the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, Collaged explores works across this medium from the pop art printed collages of Eduardo Paolozzi, to recent acquisition Flourish 9… by Jemima Wyman (Pairabeenee people) who has used photomontage to capture protest movements of her time.

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IMAGE: Jemima WYMAN Flourish 9… (detail) 2020, hand-cut photos on paper, 132 x 101.5 cm. Mackay Regional Council Art Collection. Image courtesy the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney.

Rosella Namok & Fiona Omeenyo: Sandbeach People

Foyer Gallery, Artspace Mackay
30 July - 17 October 2021

Rosella Namok and Fiona Omeenyo are leading figures in Cape York Peninsula’s Lockhart River, site of one of Queensland’s most important contemporary art movements. The term ‘sandbeach people’ groups together five language and kinship groups of the region who came together in the 1990s to collaborate in their expressions of country through art. For two decades, Namok and Omeenyo have sustained traditional cultural knowledge through bold and innovative visual languages.

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IMAGE: Rosella NAMOK Kaapay & Kuyan (detail) 2002, colour screenprint, 76 x 54 cm. Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, gift of Geoff and Fran Barker through the Cultural Gifts Program 2006.

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.

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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.