Artspace upgrades heighten your senses

Artspace Mackay has undergone an upgrade designed to heighten the senses of visitors.

The gallery now boasts a specialised reading pod that allows visitors to have unprecedented access to the gallery’s artists’ book collection.

Community Engagement Committee deputy chair Cr Justin Englert said the Tate Adams Reading Pod could be booked by visitors looking to view artists’ books in a space free of the sensory distractions of the outside world.

“A team of Artspace volunteers has been trained to provide assistance with handling and viewing the works, as well as providing information about the collection,” Cr Englert said.

“The Reading Pod was named after renowned Australian artist Tate Adams,” he said.

“Mr Adams generously donated more than 300 items – including works on paper, artists’ books, wood blocks and reference books – to the Mackay Regional Council collection in the 1990s.”

Gallery Three has also been renovated and transformed into an integrated audio visual space.

“This will enable us to display the very latest in new media exhibitions and display art that taps into more than just your sense of sight,” Cr Englert said.

“New additions to this space include a state-of-the-art projector and sound system along with lighting and hanging upgrades.

“An exciting new suite of exhibitions by artists working in the fields of light, sound and projection are scheduled, beginning with Man Cheung’s Botanical Cosmos Mackay.

“Botanical Cosmos Mackay was produced through the Artspace Artists in Residence Program in collaboration with Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

“It presents a stunning selection of plants found in the Mackay region.”

There is also a new, purpose-built Gallery Shop, stocking an updated range of books and original products created by local and Queensland artisans.

Artspace reopens next Tuesday, March 21, and visitors are encouraged to explore and enjoy the upgrades. Man Cheung’s Botanical Cosmos Mackay will also be available for viewing.

Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 16 Mar 2017