Top 10 things to do around the region…

There are four new exhibitions on display at Artspace Mackay or come along to an engaging information session to learn all about stingers.

1) Theatre Arts Mackay Dance Excellence presents Showcase Gala 2017

Saturday, November 11, 10.30am and 6.30pm
The MECC Auditorium

Theatre Arts Mackay Dance Excellence is proud to present ‘Showcase Gala 2017’.  Showcasing our very talented and diverse  students from Fairy Ballet through to our elite Senior Students. Our show is sure to entertain you with performances in all genres of Dance, Musical Theatre and Singing.  Purchase tickets >

2) The Wall: Samuel Tupou

Open until February 11, 2018
Artspace Mackay, Gallery Two

Cairns based artist, Samuel Tupou is the first artist to create a work on The Wall as part of the Artspace AIR Program. The Wall is an ongoing series of temporary, site-specific works where Queensland based artists are commissioned to create an artwork that has relevance to either the current exhibition or the Mackay region.

3) Focus on the Collection: Davida Allen

Open until February 11, 2018
Artspace Mackay, Gallery Two

In 2016 award winning artist Davida Allen donated three paintings to the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection. Allen is known for her distinctive style of painting where she eschews brushes for her fingers. While other methods of painting allow for changes to be made, Allen’s technique disallows reform, to do so would destroy the immediacy of the image.

4) Great Barrier Reef - Anthropocene Project: Emma Lyndsay

Opens Saturday, November 4, 2018
Artspace Mackay, Gallery Three

Emma Lindsay is a Brisbane based visual artist whose practice explores critical contemporary issues regarding globally endangered species and their habitats. In the exhibition, Great Barrier Reef: Anthropocene Project Lindsay expands the focus further, developing work of regional significance in an art and science encounter with vulnerable species on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics.

5) Brought to Life: William T.Cooper

Until February 4, 2018
Artspace Mackay, Gallery One

Legendary wildlife filmmaker Sir David Attenborough viewed William T Cooper as ‘‘Australia’s greatest living scientific painter of birds,’’ adding, ‘‘he is possibly the best in the world.’’ This exhibition will focus on Williams’ book illustrations with a selection of original watercolour paintings from the publications Parrots of the World and Pigeons and Doves of Australia.

6) Mackay Woodturners the “Ultimate Recyclers”

Ends Sunday, December 3
The Botanic Gardens Cafe, Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

The Mackay Woodturners celebrate their 30th Anniversary of continuous operation with their exhibition - "The Ultimate Recyclers." This exhibition aims to link the Botanic Gardens, with particular focus on trees, to their completed wood works. The exhibition will include – intarsia, pyrography and carving as well as turned pieces. Created from fallen trees, with most pieces crafted from local species. A variety of craftspeople will be represented in this exhibition.

7) Jamie Seymour - Stinger Dude - Information Session

Sunday, November 12, 12noon and 2pm
Eimeo Surf Lifesaving Club

Information session on box jellyfish and irukandji. Jamie is amazing, passionate and unbelievably knowledgeable. His research has spanned across decades. Jamie is an entertaining speaker that will have you engaged and wanting more.

8) English Conversation Circles

Tuesday, November 14, 1.30pm
Dudley Denny City Library

Practice your English in a relaxed and supportive environment. Develop skills and strategies to improve your English language. All levels are welcome.

9) Frankenstein Art Competition

Submit your entry by Friday, December 1
Dudley Denny City Library

Calling all young adult artists aged 12 to 25 years old to submit an artistic interpretation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for your chance to win some great prizes. Winners will be featured in an upcoming Frankenstein Exhibition. Ask the friendly staff for competition guidelines and submission form.

10) Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market

Wednesday, November 15, 7am – 11am
Bluewater Quay, River Street

New trading times for The Farmers' Market, will now be open from 7am until 11am at the Bluewater Quay on River Street in the Mackay City Centre. The market showcase our regions amazing produce giving farmers an opportunity to help grow our local food culture.


Australia Day 2018 event grants now open

Applications close Thursday, November 5

Council is offering Australia Day 2018 grants of up to $1000 to help not-for-profit groups make a ‘fair dinkum’ Australia Day event. Celebrations could range from a family fun day at a local park to an Aussie-themed morning tea, or an epic game of Aussie beach Olympics! Apply for a grant online >

An evening with Damien Leith

Friday, November 24, 7.30pm
The MECC Plenary Halls

It’s been 11 years since Damien caught the nation’s attention by performing on Australian Idol. Since then he has released 8 albums, 2 novels and has toured extensively. When Damien performs solo – just him and a guitar or piano, it’s in those very special moments the audiences get to truly feel the pure emotion of his angelic voice.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 08 Nov 2017