- Artspace Mackay
- Greenmount Homestead
- Mackay Regional Council Library Service - Heritage Collection
- Noosa Regional Gallery
- Pioneer Valley Museum at Mirani
The 2015 Standards Review Program had four organisations from the Mackay region participating and one out-of-round participant in Noosa. The participating museums and galleries had worked through the year-long program which assisted them to recognise their achievements, improve their practice and raise their profile.
M&G QLD is pleased to acknowledge the support of Mackay Regional Council and the Regional Arts Development Fund, which allowed M&G QLD to deliver this program to the region. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Artspace Mackay is a regional art gallery, owned and operated by Mackay Regional Council. It is a purpose-built and award-winning architecturally designed building, and was opened in 2003. It is probably one of very few regional galleries that is ‘new’ and not retro-fitted into a heritage building. This gives us the freedom to hang exhibitions by fixing works directly onto walls, negating the need for a ‘hanging system’ with wires.
Upon opening, the gallery inherited a nationally significant collection of artists books from the City Library, and has continued to develop this collection over the years. It is now the third largest collection of artists books in Australia, and the largest in regional Australia. This focus area is supported by a biennial artists book competition: The Libris Awards.
The gallery is also custodian for Mackay Regional Council’s increasingly significant public art trail, which includes six works by Fiona Foley, two by Donna Robinson, and four soon-to-be commissioned works by north Qld artist Brian Robinson. The works lead the viewer along our town’s beautiful Bluewater Trail, into the City Centre, and back onto the Trail at the Bluewater Lagoon.
Address: Civic Centre Precinct, Gordon St, Mackay
Greenmount Homestead is perhaps Mackay's most historically significant site with over 20,000 pieces of history on display.
All items in the collection were owned by the Cook family, who built the Homestead and took up residence there in 1915. The collection includes furniture, household items, diaries, letters and photographs.
Address: Greenmount Road, Greenmount
Mackay Regional Council Library Service - Heritage Collection
The library's Heritage Collection, located in the Carmel Daveson Research Room at Mackay City Library, houses an extensive range of historical and current resources relating to the development of the Mackay Region.
The collection includes books, photographs, maps, original materials and collections, newspaper archives, newspaper cuttings, family history resources, videos, DVDs, and pamphlets.
Address: Gordon St, Mackay
Noosa Regional Gallery
Established in 1981, the Noosa Regional Gallery is a public gallery that operates under the auspice of local government, the Noosa Regional Council. The gallery presents an ever-changing annual exhibition program, featuring leading local, national and international artists, curators and collections, accompanied by a suite of public programs developed and delivered by a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers.
The gallery’s annual exhibitions program is planned and scheduled well in advance and offers up to four spaces for exhibitions and changeovers occur on average approximately every 5 to 6 weeks.
The gallery also has a retail shop that focuses on the promotion and sale of products sourced from local artisans, from homewares and jewellery, to books and gift cards.
Address: Riverside, 9 Pelican St, Tewantin
Pioneer Valley Museum at Mirani
Many items are displayed in glass cabinets and on plinths and the Museum has a light and airy atmosphere. The Museum is on one level, is wheelchair accessible and air conditioned.
The exhibits are laid out in sections with the Sugar Industry occupying more area than any other exhibit. A key feature of this display is a flag used in the 1911 strike by the sugar workers of that time. Dairying, timber, gold mining and other former industries of the Valley are represented.
In the Natural History section is the acknowledged best example of a fossilised Pallimnarchus Gracilis, a wombat like creature.
At the far end can be found the large military exhibit and displays featuring the Valley’s social history. The Museum’s exhibits also include an Aboriginal bark canoe and items used by the first inhabitants of the Valley as well as a cabinet of artefacts from the largest South Sea Islander community in Australia.
Address: 18 Victoria St, Mirani