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Mackay and Whitsunday Life


This Sunday (September 3), from 1pm to 4pm, about 35 vibrant artisans, musicians and food vendors will bring the Mackay Civic Precinct to life.

Showcasing everything hand-made, from paintings and platters to toys, totes and textiles, the Rock Paper Scissors Art and Design Market attracts an eclectic mix of talented stallholders.

This event is also not just about shopping for art, you can also make your own – the “craft yurt” will be back again this year with free all-ages craft activities. Visitors can make a gorgeous colourful woven bird or a fun recycled paper slinky.

Add in live entertainment and onsite food and coffee vendors and you have an awesome afternoon outing for anyone with an interest in hand-crafted creations.

Mayor Greg Williamson said Rock Paper Scissors had broad community appeal.

“It’s a great afternoon out, where you can relax on the lawn beside Artspace and enjoy some food, coffee and live music from Kane Dodd, Jezzie and Jack Oliveira,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Or, if you are a bit of a treasure hunter after something original, then you would struggle to find a larger mix of talented creators in one place,” he said.

The Mayor said savvy shoppers often used Rock Paper Scissors as a chance to get a head start on their Christmas shopping, because it was a great way to find thoughtful gifts that were one-of-a-kind.

“This event is a tremendous showcase of local talent, and I would really encourage everyone to come out and support our local artisan community,” he said.

Rock Paper Scissors is curated by the team at Artspace Mackay and director Tracey Heathwood said this year’s applicant pool had been exceptional.

“There’s such a fantastic range of artisans and creators this year, and this market has definitely grown over the years,” Ms Heathwood said.

Ms Heathwood said there was also plenty happening inside Artspace Mackay during the afternoon.

“We have three exciting exhibitions to enjoy in our gallery spaces, including Zanny Begg: These Stories Will be Different, Kara Day: Ladylike and Stephen Homewood: Turbulence,” she said.

Foodspace will also be opening for the Rock, Paper, Scissors event, with its usual menu.

What: Rock Paper Scissors Art and Design Market

When: Sunday, September 3

Where: Mackay Civic Precinct

Tickets: Free community event

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