Workshops and classes

The Online Papercut Project !!!

The paper cut program

An Artspace stay-at-home art activity for everyone!

Where: In your own home, in the Mackay region and beyond
Inspired by the work of Artspace Mackay’s recent Artist-in-residence, Elysha Rei, The Papercut Project is a fun community art activity that people of all ages and abilities can get involved with! It’s so easy to do at home, because all you need is paper and a pair of scissors or other type of cutting tool. Just make sure to be safe when cutting, and you can make it as as easy or as complex as you’d like.

How to get started!

STEP 1: Find a pair of scissors and a piece of paper (can be plain, patterned, new or recycled!)

STEP 2: Be inspired by Japanese-Australian artist Eysha Rei’s work (www.elysharei.com) and from the below images of her work Sugaropolis currently featured on Artspace’s CQUniversity Wall.

STEP 3: Create your own unique papercut!

STEP 4: Once you’ve made your papercut, photograph it and send it to us at Artspace through your favourite ONLINE way of communicating!!!

FACEBOOK > Like and follow us on Facebook and inbox us or comment with your papercut photos, and use the hashtag #artspacepapercut INSTAGRAM> Follow us at artspacemackay & send us your image or tag it #artspacepapercut or  
EMAIL> Send your images to  artspace@mackay.qld.gov.au

#artspacepapercut Let's see how many creations we can share!!

Sugaropolis, Elysha Rei

Detail: ELYSHA REI: THE CQUNIVERSITY WALL Sugaropolis

COVID-19 Update –All regular programs temporarily suspended

All face to face public programs at Artspace Mackay have been temporarily suspended, this includes all 'in gallery' artist talks, school holiday activities, BMA Kidspace and Kids Art Club.The decision has been made to ensure the safety and wellbeing of staff and the community and follows the government Coronavirus directive relating to inside gatherings.  The team will be exploring new and innovative ways to provide some programs via video and livestream.  Keep an eye on this page and visit us on facebook for updates and thank you for your understanding.

Conversations with art

vts workshop

Held from 1pm - 2.30pm on the 3rd Friday of each month, Conversations with Art is held in the Artspace Workshop Room. It’s a free and enjoyable discussion led by Artspace staff as we look at images of traditional and contemporary artworks from Gallery and Museum Collections from around the world. It’s not an art theory lesson, it’s simply a casual conversation to talk about the art and deconstructing the works, considering themes, possible techniques used by the artist, and creating links with our own personal experiences. Whether you’re an artist, an art and language lover, beginner, or expert, we’d love you to join us! It’s interesting, thought provoking and extremely enjoyable, so send us an email to let us know you’re coming billiejo.ogilvie@mackay.qld.gov.au or wanda.bennett@mackay.qld.gov.au

2020 DATES: 21 Feb / 20  March / 17 April / 15 May / 19 June / 17 July / 21 Aug / 18 Sept / 16 Oct / 20 Nov


This is a fee program and no booking is required, for more information please ring Artspace on 49619722

Folded books workshop: The 1st workshop in an artist’s book making series w Melissa Larsen

folded book workshop

Coinciding with Artspace Mackay’s nationally renowned 2020 Libris Awards: The Australian Artists’ Book Prize exhibition, this skills workshop by teaching artist Melissa Larsen will inspire you to begin making your own folded books in a selection of sizes, shapes and formats. Participants will gather inspiration from Melissa’s personal collection of folded books, images of artists’ works and exciting group discussions of ideas to explore. This workshop caters for absolute beginners through to experienced practitioners and everyone will complete the workshop with the skills and techniques to easily create their own folded books at home.

10am - 1pm Sunday 28 June
Artspace Workshop Room, Gordon St, Mackay

$25 per person, materials and tools provided. (You may also bring specific tools or materials you wish to work with including papers, photos, tickets, memorabilia, maps, etc) Bookings essential, visit Artspace Mackay or call 4961 9722.

Image: Student works by Mirani State High School students. Image courtesy Melissa Larsen.

Altered books workshop: The 2nd workshop in an artist’s book making series w Melissa Larsen

Altered book workshop

Participants in this creative skills and ideas workshop by teaching artist Melissa Larsen will learn various ways to alter books to make art objects. During the half day workshop you will gather inspiration from Melissa’s personal art collection and artists’ books imagery, then join an exciting group discussion around concepts and ideas which can lead to the transformation of existing books into works of art. Coinciding with Artspace Mackay’s nationally renowned 2020 Libris Awards: The Australian Artists’ Book Prize exhibition, this workshop caters for absolute beginners through to experienced practitioners.

10am - 1pm Sunday 26 July
Artspace Workshop Room, Gordon St, Mackay

$25 per person, materials and tools provided. (You may also bring specific tools or materials you wish to work with including papers, photos, tickets, memorabilia, maps, etc) Bookings essential, visit Artspace Mackay or call 4961 9722.

Image: Student works by Mirani State High School students. Image courtesy Melissa Larsen.

Stab binding workshop: The 3rd workshop in an artist’s book making series w Melissa Larsen

Stab Binding

Participants in this creative skills and ideas workshop by teaching artist Melissa Larsen will learn the process of Japanese stab binding in constructing an artists’ book. During the half day workshop you will gather inspiration from Melissa’s personal art collection and artists’ books imagery, then join an exciting group discussion around concepts and ideas which will lead to your creation of one or two beautiful artists’ books. Coinciding with Artspace Mackay’s nationally renowned 2020 Libris Awards: The Australian Artists’ Book Prize exhibition, this workshop caters for absolute beginners through to experienced practitioners.

10am - 1pm Sunday 23 August
Artspace Workshop Room, Gordon St, Mackay

$25 per person, materials and tools provided. (You may also bring specific tools or materials you wish to work with including papers, photos, tickets, memorabilia, maps, etc) Bookings essential, visit Artspace Mackay or call 4961 9722

Image: Student works by Mirani State High School students. Image courtesy Melissa Larsen.

Island Fashion on Tour: Free drop-in art activities for everyone!

Island Fashion on Tour

2020 DATES TO BE CONFIRMED ..........

Artspace Mackay is delighted to present ‘Island Fashion on Tour’, a Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) regional touring project for children and families. ‘Island Fashion on Tour’ features a range of free, hands-on art making activities created by QAGOMA in collaboration with Australian and Pacific artists Grace Lillian Lee, Maryann Talia Pau and Ranu James and Letila Mitchell.

Grace Lillian Lee’s activity GET YOUR WEAVE ON 2019 encourages audiences to use simple folding techniques with strips of brightly coloured paper to create wearable accessories such as paper bracelets, neckpieces and head-pieces. While Maryann Talia Pau and Ranu James’ activity ULA TAIM 2019 encourages the creation of elaborate neckpieces, wristbands and anklets using hand-drawn patterns and weaving with paper.
Letila Mitchell’s activity SASI, PERA, LAGI – OF THE OCEAN, LAND AND SKY invites children to create their own textile design using patterns created by the artist.

Cost: FREE

Qagoma Touring