Festival of Arts Satellite Events

Festival of Arts Satellite Events

Speak Life Media Arts Showcase

Speak Life Media Arts Showcase is an opportunity for young people to exhibit 2D, 3D and digital artworks that are
positive, uplifting and create a sense of hope.

The showcase will give participants a public forum to showcase their work and establish a networking relationship with industry professionals and Educators in the Arts.

We invite the community to come and support our local youth in trying to be the difference they want to see.

9am – 4pm

Gold coin donation, with proceeds given to local youth charities

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Deborah Kelly: No Human Being Is Illegal (In All Our Glory)

Originally created for the 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014) this exhibition comprises 20 life-sized photographic portraits realised through ongoing discussion, exchange and art making between the artist, the subjects and the contributors.

The subjects represent a fascinating cross section of contemporary Australia with each portrait telling an intimate story of the subject’s life. Kelly creates mixed media artworks that are at once unexpected, humorous, provocative, and profound.

27 MAY TO 16 JULY 2017
Gallery One, Artspace Mackay



Jud Wimhurst: Protection

As a firm believer in DIY, research and experimentation is an important part of Wimhurst’s practice and if that means sourcing a completely new material and exploring its capabilities or mastering a new technique, or even to make the
necessary tools to do a specific job from scratch, so be it.

Conceptually, his sculptures are inspired by consumerism, design, pop culture, mortality and humour - and in particular the point of which these themes may meet or intersect.

27 MAY TO 16 JULY 2017
Gallery Two, Artspace Mackay


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Peter Lyssiotis: Where are the originals? Once were photographs...

Where are the Originals? slows down the frantic pace of photography in the modern era, pausing for a breath in our rush to capture every moment by taking an over-the-shoulder look at photography and interrogating it.

Amongst other things this exhibition posits the view that once an idea has been stretched, almost to breaking point, it will return inevitably to the original.

27 MAY TO 16 JULY 2017
Gallery One, Artspace Mackay


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Brand Me Baby

Artspace Mackay proudly presents Brand Me Baby, an interactive performance art duo direct from Melbourne who spread powerful social messages.

Nico Reddaway and Caitlin Telford will be roaming throughout the G&S Engineering Wine & Food Day celebrations, and they want you to cover their bodies using badges of pixelated well-known logos... so go on, brand them baby!

G&S Engineering Wine & Food Day, Queens Park



Mackay Owl Arts Project: Kris Martin

Mackay is the only region in the world where the Powerful Owl and the Rufous Owl both exist.

In an effort to highlight and celebrate these wonderful species a collaborative arts project will culminate in a giant owl head installation to feature at Happy Dayz Festival and at DBCT Illuminate during the Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts in July 2017.

Local artist Donna Maree Robinson will do ‘Mandala Arts’ with Calen State District College younger year students and then will later collate and project their works onto the eyes of the large owls head. Sunshine Coast based natural fibre artist, Kris Martin, will work with the older year students at Calen College and volunteers to create a 2.4m diameter owl head from split bamboo, recycled copper wire, piccabeen palm fallen leaf, cat’s claw weed vine and lycra for projections.

This project is supported by Mackay Regional Council and ‘Green Arts’ RADF funding.


BURP.eat.drink brings you A WEEK OF DEGO!

To celebrate the Mackay Mazda Festival of Arts, BURP.eat.drink continue to push the boundaries by hosting A WEEK OF DEGO!

From Tuesday, 11th July through to Saturday, 15th July they will bring you, every evening, a chance to sample specially designed 7 course chef’s tasting menu from the team at BURP.eat.drink!

Reserve your table now as limited seats apply each night and come enjoy this sensational menu.

Min of 2 guests
$90pp 7 Course menu
$150pp 7 Course menu with matched wines

Phone 4951 3546 for bookings now!


QLD Youth Orchestra: Swinging on a Star

Swing along with the rising stars from the Queensland Youth Orchestra Big Band conducted by Rafael Karlen as they present a variety of well-known instrumental and vocal works with singers Adelina Martinez and Matt Copley.

Leading musicians from Mackay Christian College under the direction of Earl Winterstein and Helen Williams will perform with the QYO musicians to start the concert.

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Gold Coin Donation

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Valley District Youth Council: Are you game?

When four teenagers turned unlikely friends are trapped in the virtual world of their local arcade they must work together to beat each level in the hopes to return home.

Battling mythical creators in different times and different realities the teenagers must overcome their pride and work together as a team.

Filled with humour and written by the young people of Valley District Youth Council “Are you Game?” is a multiple art form youth theatre production.

This year’s program focuses on celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Valley District Youth Council through
highlighting the friendships, teamwork and achievements.

7TH, 8TH, 14TH AND 15TH JULY 2017
Pinnacle Playhouse - 1 Elsie Nash Street, Pinnacle

Special 20th Anniversary Pricing
Adult - $20.00
Students and Pensioners - $15.00
Child - $10.00
Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children) - $50.00

For information on purchasing tickets, visit the Valley District Youth Council Facebook page or contact Tamara Hull on 0417 799 680.

27 May, 2017 – 16 July, 2017
Various Locations