Thursday, September 7, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Blueprint 2.0 Takes Over Second Lane

By Amanda Wright

The Blueprint Exhibition concept, which originated as a way to bring art to life within Foodspace Café, has taken to the streets – specifically, Second Lane, where Blueprint 2.0 made its grand debut last Friday night, September 1.

The launch unfolded as a free outdoor art gallery event, featuring the talented artist, Autumn Skuthorpe.

Autumn, an experienced Māori wahine inclusive arts practitioner, takes great pride in celebrating the voices and stories of our region. Since 2006 she has worked with Crossroad Arts in a range of multi-faceted capacities.

On opening night, attendees had the chance to meet Autumn, witness a live community art session on the "free wall," and unwind with friends in the open-air lounge area, complete with comfy beanbags.

Also in the City Centre, Stephanie De Vries from Emu Creek Art is completing two complementary murals on the riverfront – one on the playground wall next to Red Dog Riverfront and the other on the ground of the River Wharves precinct.

Artspace Mackay will be running a Public Art Walk to coincide with the unveiling of the murals on Friday, October 6, and Ms De Vries will attend the walk to answer questions.

Hosted by Artspace Mackay Public Art Officer, Jennifer Dalton-Smith, this free riverside art walk for all ages begins at Fish Bones, Bluewater Quay at 4.30pm.

L-R Cr Fran Mann, Mayor Greg Williamson and artist Autumn Skuthorpe at Autumn’s exhibition opening in Second Lane

Photo credit: Amanda Wright

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