Artspace Mackay is a purpose-built regional art gallery owned and operated by Mackay Regional Council. The gallery 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. Among the array of exhibitions appearing at the gallery over the next 18 months, there will be: Patricia Piccinini: Curious Affection on tour from QAGOMA; an exhibition of recent works completed during a Mackay residency by north Queensland artist Ron McBurnie; Tension: 4th Tamworth Triennial touring exhibition; and, Void, a touring exhibition of works by contemporary Aboriginal artists presented by Museums & Galleries of NSW.
When the gallery was 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. 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.