Artspace Mackay is a purpose-built regional art gallery owned and operated by Mackay Regional Council. The contemporary facility includes three impressive exhibition spaces, a reading pod, workshop space, gallery shop and cafe. Artspace Mackay provides residents and visitors to Mackay with the opportunity to see art exhibitions by significant international, Australian and local artists as well as touring exhibitions presented by Australia’s largest art galleries and museums. Artspace Mackay.
Among the array of exhibitions appearing at the gallery over the next 18 months are: Jasmine Togo-Brisby: Hom Swit Hom; Dylan Mooney: Blak, Queer and Here; the 2022 Libris Awards; Lyre Bird Press; Dale Harding: The Wall and, the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art’s 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) on Tour. These major exhibitions will be complemented by smaller exhibitions from state and national touring circuits, highlights from the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection, and shows by emerging local artists.
The gallery offers a program of innovative activities and events for all ages including guided tours, artists’ talks, and workshops as well as professional development opportunities for artists, teachers and students. When newly built in 2002, Mackay Regional Council received a significant donation from Australian printmaker, painter and publisher of limited-edition artists’ books, Tate Adams. The artists’ book collection has continued to grow and develop over successive years, assisted by the Libris Awards, a biennial national artists’ book competition. The gallery now houses the most focused collection of artists’ books in regional Australia.
In 2006, Artspace Mackay initiated The Libris Awards, a biennial artists’ book competition. The awards have grown to become one of Australia’s premier national artists’ book prizes, and has allowed Artspace Mackay to continue to develop awareness of the Council’s significant collection of artists’ books.
The next Libris Awards: The Australian Artists Book Prize will be held in 2022, and many online resources detailing previous awards are available on the Artspace Mackay website.
- Free guided tours
- Gallery shop
- Onsite parking
- Wheelchair access
- Workshops and classes
Featured image: Artspace Mackay exterior. Photo: Dean Whitling. Courtesy: Artspace Mackay, Mackay.