Kathy Mackey : Photomedia Artist

Kathy Mackey is a Queensland based photomedia artist whose work explores the complexity of space and light within art and architecture as well as the liminal spaces between the natural/ the artificial and the public/ private. She works across photography, painting and installation. She completed her Ph.D exegesis The Post-tourist Mirror in 2011.

She is available for artists in residences and similar collaborative projects and is represented by Lorraine Pilgrim.

Images below clock wise from top left : Still Life with Analogue Device(2021), Shoreline Curramundi (2022),Tree Structure(2020) , Artefacts of Leisure Projection (2022)and HOTA Lake Installation( 2022).

In 2021 and 2022, Mackey was working as one of eight artists on the GENERATE GC Project through which she explored the concept of organised leisure through site responsive works. See more about the GENERATE GC 21 cohort here. The project entitled “Let’s Organise Your Leisure” (LOYL) was the subject of a successful pilot workshop and presentation program at HOTA (The Home of The Arts)in January 2022.The project was further developed through an artist-in-residence project at the Georges River in Sydney during the following autumn. A more scaled up version of LOYL was presented at the SWELL Sculpture Festival in September 2022.

Further research was undertaken during a 2-week residency at Metro Arts Ferryman’s Hut (Brisbane) in November 2022, followed by a period at the Southport Bathing Pavilion over the summer as well as a 1 week Incubate Residency facilitated by Placemakers in April 2023. Mackey continued this work through 2 residencies in rural France in May and June 2023.

Kathy is a mid career artist who has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including :

Gold Coast City Art Prize Parks Victoria Residency 1999

Monash Gallery of Art Bowness Photography Prize 2006

Queensland Smithsonian Fellowship 2014

See below for information about her recent and current residencies and projects.