Artspace Mackay is the regional art gallery owned and operated by Mackay Regional Council and aims to provide visitors to the region with a taste of our unique environment. The gallery includes three impressive exhibition spaces, cafe, and an artists book reading room which houses a collection of artists books and prints of national significance.
This purpose-built gallery, designed by award-winning Queensland architects Cox Rayner, forms part of Mackay Regional Council’s Cultural Precinct. It provides residents and visitors to Mackay with the opportunity to see art exhibitions by significant international, Australian and local artists and touring exhibitions presented by Australia’s largest art galleries and museums.
Exhibitions are complemented by innovative education and community activities for all ages. Programs include guided tours, artists’ talks, practical art workshops for adults and children as well as professional development opportunities for local artists, teachers and students.
Artspace Mackay is also very proud of its region’s significant and ongoing investment in public art, including works which line the Pioneer River along the Bluewater Trail. Recent commissions have seen Mackay earn a place on the world map for contemporary public art, with six art installations by Indigenous Australian artist Fiona Foley, two installations by established Queensland artist, Donna Marcus and a recognised commitment to commission further works along the trail.
Every two years, Artspace Mackay hosts The Libris Awards, an artists book competition open to all Australian artists, which has become nationally respected and develops awareness of the Mackay Regional Council’s significant collection of artists books. The Libris Awards also assists with further development of the collection by facilitating the ongoing acquisition of new works.
Today, the Mackay Regional Council Collection is the most focused collection throughout the regional galleries network in Queensland, and contains the third largest collection of artists books in Australia after the National Gallery of Australia and the State Library of Queensland.