Touring exhibitions


Artspace Mackay currently has no touring exhibitions.


Violent Salt

Violent Salt brings together contemporary artists from across Australia representing diverse cultural heritage. Co-curated by Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson, the exhibition reflects on the experiences of the marginalised, the underrepresented and the silenced. The exhibition discusses issues surrounding racism and discrimination against First Nations peoples and minority groups as well as the lack of respect for, and desecration of culture and the natural environment. Violent Salt invites artists to speak their truths about these experiences and offers an opportunity for understanding and connection, whilst seeking to celebrate and honour Australia’s unique multiculturalism and landscape.

The works presented in Violent Salt reflect on a social, physical and geographical landscape that has been witness to violence and oppression. It questions how we can repair deep wounds, re-connect across culture and assert and celebrate cultural identities
meaningfully and transformatively.

The featured artists are Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Vernon Ah Kee (QLD), Richard Bell (QLD), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Megan Cope (QLD), Karla Dickens (NSW), S.J. Norman (VIC), Yhonnie Scarce (VIC/SA) and Jemima Wyman (QLD).

Downloads and Links:
Education Resource
Exhibition Catalogue
Violent Salt interview with artist Megan Cope
Violent Salt interview with co-curators Yhonnie Scarce and Claire Watson 

  • Artspace Mackay, QLD: 30 August – 24 November, 2019
  • Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD: 6 December 2019 – 26 January 2020
  • Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, QLD: 8 February – 22 March, 2020
  • Museum of Art and Culture, Lake Macquarie, NSW: 19 June – 30 August, 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19 closures)
  • Canberra Contemporary Art Space, ACT: 12 September – 25 October 2020 (Cancelled due to COVID-19 closures)
  • Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, VIC: 23 January – 14 March 2021
  • Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, VIC: 7 April – 27 June 2021

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Recycled Library
Curated by Michael Wardell, Recycled Library: Altered Books traced a history of altered books in Australia through the work of seventeen artists. The works featured in the exhibition incorporate existing/found books presented as sculptures, wall-based collages, artists’ books, or as photographs. Supported by Visions of Australia: Australian Touring Exhibition funding.

Artspace Mackay, QLD (4 September - 25 October 2009)
Gladstone Regional Gallery & Museum, QLD (18 December 2009 - 6 March 2010)
Grafton Regional Gallery, NSW (17 March - 25 April 2010)
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, VIC (12 May - 27 June 2010)
Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW (3 July - 8 August 2010)
Country Arts, (3 venues) SA (20 August - 12 February 2011)
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, NSW (1 March - 30 May 2011)
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW (24 June - 7 August 2011)
Noosa Regional Gallery, QLD (20 August - 2 October 2011)
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery, QLD (9 October - 14 November 2011)

Palimpsest: The art of Glen Skien
Glen Skien is an artist who takes the places and stories of the Mackay region and transforms them into beautiful artworks that reflect a personal journey. This artistic exploration of the land, the stories and environment of our region will provide visitors with an opportunity to discover the work of one of our leading artists. Curated by Ingrid Hoffmann.

Artspace Mackay. (15 July 2005 – 28 August 2005)
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery (30 September 2005 – 20 November 2005)
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery. (16 December 2005 – 2006)
ICON Museum Of Art (2006 – 25 November 2006)

Fireworks: Tracing the incendiary in Australian Art 
The exhibition Fireworks traces Australia’s experience of the destructive and creative nature of fire. Summer in Australia is known across the country as the bushfire season. Yet fire has been an integral part of national life well before the arrival of European settlers. Indigenous inhabitants have used fire as a land-management tool for tens of thousands of years. By tracing the interplay between humans and landscape in relation to fire, the exhibition illuminates the character of both, and encourages us to consider our country’s fragile resources and landscape systems. Curated by Gavin Wilson, Fireworks comprised over 50 works by historic and contemporary artists, including Eugene von Guerard, Arthur Streeton, Sidney Nolan, Fred Williams, Claudine Marzik, Ronnie Tjampijinpa, John Firth Smith and Wendy Sharpe, with images incorporating the bush, the suburbs and the cities. This is an Artspace Mackay exhibition toured by Museum and Gallery Services Queensland, supported by Visions of Australia.

Artspace Mackay (18 March – 1 May 2005)
Rockhampton Art Gallery (6 May – 19 June 2005)
Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville (24 June – 21 August 2005)
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum (2 September – 29 October 2005)
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (5 December 2005 – 5 February 2006)
Wagga Wagga Regional Gallery (10 February – 9 April 2006)
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery (11 May – 25 June 2006)
Ballarat Fine Art Gallery (7 July – 3 September 2006)
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (3 October – 19 November 2006)
University Art Museum, Brisbane (24 November 2006 – 20 February 2007)

BANNER IMAGE: Vernon AH KEE Kick the Dust (detail) 2019. Three-channel video (still), six minutes. Installation view, FIELD Engineers Gallery, Artspace Mackay. Image: Jim Cullen Photographer.