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“Excelent art work” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Artspace Mackay

Artspace Mackay
Civic Centre Precinct | Gordon Street, Mackay, Queensland 4740, Australia
+61 7 4961 9722
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Ranked #9 of 18 Attractions in Mackay
Type: Art Galleries, Shopping
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Owner description: 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, Foodspace 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.
Mackay, Australia
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“Excelent art work”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is a wonderful place to take your time and wander through the different displays. They have a number or travelling exhibitions of excellent quality. Then relax and have a coffee at Foodspace. It certainly is a must see while in Mackay.

Visited August 2013
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“An oasis of calm and culture amid tropical lawns”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

I always enjoy a visit to Artspace, as it is an oasis of calm and culture. The building is architecturally designed by Cox Rayner Architects, (I’ve Read) and has won many awards including the 2003 award from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. I’m not sure, but I think it is rammed earth or polished concrete construction in some parts, and with its wood and vaulted ceilings, it really pleases me to be there. The displays vary, often encompassing some craft e.g. pottery, quilting, glasswork, etc, alongside displays of conventional art. My favourite display has been of street art and graffiti, and a collection of video ‘impressions’.

Visited March 2013
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Mackay, Australia
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“An asset to Mackay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Artspace is a real asset to Mackay and is wonderful place to spend an hour or two followed by a coffee at Foodspace. The travelling exhibitions (notably the recent 'Big lady in bed" are exceptional for a regional centre.

Visited September 2012
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“Nice little Art space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012 via mobile

A good showing for a small town, with nice support of local artists. We saw a very nice lino cut exhibition- many good works. Small but professional space.

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“Just saw Ron Mueks in Bed here, best exhibition I have seen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

What a fantastic regional gallery. They put on some great exhibitions and the recent Ron Muek was the best yet.

Visited May 2012
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