Wednesday, April 5, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Men’s Day Art Show Expands

After a successful inaugural event last year, Shed Happens Mackay are once again celebrating International Men’s Day (IMD) with its annual Art Show.

Partnering with the Mackay Art Society, Shed Happens are expanding IMD 2023 celebrations this year by opening the Art Show to more youth with two groups in the Emergent Artist categories.

The theme for IMD 2023 is the third pillar of IMD, ‘Health and Well Being of all Generations of Men’, and this will be the theme for artists to address in their works.

“We want to get the youth involved and we want to get the youth thinking about their health and wellbeing and their health and wellbeing when they become adults,” Shed Happens Mackay Convenor Frank Cowell said.

“Our responsibility is to raise our families and our children with good, healthy ideas.”

Entries opened on April 1 and can be accessed through Art Suppliers, Mackay Regional Council outlets and online at the SHED Happens Mackay Facebook Page.  

An Entry Fee of $10 is applied to every piece of art and artists are limited to two artworks per person.

There are four sections - Best In Show, Art on Canvas, Art on Paper and Emergent Artist (9 -19 years of age) - each with prize money for the winners and 2nd and 3rd prizes in three of the sections.  

Entries will close on August 10 before the artworks are displayed at the Mackay Art Society Rooms in Beaconsfield from Friday September 1 to Sunday September 3.

L-R Artspace Mackay Director Tracey Heathwood, Mackay Regional Council Deputy Mayor Karen May, Shed Happens Convenor Frank Cowell, Mackay Art Society’s Ben Ranson and Councillor Laurence Bonaventura at the 2022 IMD Art Show. Photo supplied

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