Wednesday, December 6, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Gallery Maintenance Spurs Artspace Mackay's Move To Library

The team from Artspace Mackay will call the Dudley Denny City Library home over the holiday season, as the gallery undergoes critical facility maintenance works.

The team of curators will set up in the quiet space of the library, allowing them to deliver some fascinating public programs and work on the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection.

Artspace Mackay closed on Monday, December 4, and is anticipated to re-open early May 2024.

This closure will extend to both the gallery and Foodspace Café, with Foodspace relocating to the MECC during the closure period to offer takeaway service only.

Mayor Greg Williamson said Artspace Mackay was a AAA-rated, international standard gallery space that had just celebrated its 20th birthday.

“We need to ensure our regional gallery can maintain that rating and international standard, so we can continue to attract and secure high-profile exhibitions,” Mayor Williamson said.

“Building improvement works will focus on ensuring the internal cooling systems are renewed and in peak condition,” he said.

Artspace Mackay director Tracey Heathwood said during the closure the team were taking the opportunity to deliver their regular programming out in the community.

“We are investigating some alternative venues across the region, especially in rural localities,” Ms Heathwood said.

“The BMA Kidspace, Conversations with Art, Kids Art Club, Art and Memory and Artists’ Book of the Month programs will continue to run and we will update the details and locations of these on our website and social media as soon as possible.”

For more information on the upgrades, public programs or to view the Mackay Regional Council Art Collection online, head to

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