Exhibitions

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, features art exhibitions and displays with environmental and cultural themes.

Exhibit your artwork at the Lagoons Gallery

The Lagoons Gallery, located at the main entrance of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, features art exhibitions and displays with environmental and cultural themes.

The Botanic Gardens provides you or your group with the opportunity to exhibit your artwork or display at the Lagoons Gallery, which is accessed by a growing number of Mackay residents and visitors in a unique garden/gallery/cafe setting.

It's simple to apply, simply complete the exhibition proposal and submit it to Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

Timeless Inspiration – Creativity is Ageless - Artists from Good Shepherd Lodge - Curated by Sharon Drew

Timeless Inspiration – Creativity is Ageless - Artists from Good Shepherd Lodge - Curated by Sharon Drew

3rd Aug 2016 - 4th Sep 2016

Lagoons Gallery; Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens


Artistic expression and creativity is timeless and even after many years of lying dormant, given the opportunity it can resurface, or become a new and exciting challenge.
Creativity can take many forms but it is the doing that gives us the most satisfaction and the end result is the end of that journey.

The pieces of artworks in this exhibition are the creative journey for this group of Artists from Good Shepherd Lodge and they make this statement – “Age has no Creative Barriers”
For most of the artists, Painting, Jewellery making and Basketry are a new challenge for them and they are an inspiration to us all.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 3pm and weekends from 9am - 4pm.

Image: Sunset Silhouette by Rose Dudley

Mackay Landscapes – Photography by Robert Bole

Mackay Landscapes – Photography by Robert Bole

7th Sep 2016 - 2nd Oct 2016

Lagoons Gallery; Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens


Robert’s photographic images are showcasing the Mackay region, places which most of us have been to. The photographs are captured by local landscape photographer Robert Bole and displayed on aluminium. When standing in front of these stunning images, their beauty is enhanced by this medium and with its ultra-glossy finish you can't help but feel that you are standing in the scene itself.

ln this age of digital photography, Robert still prefers to shoot his landscapes with film without the need for coloured filters. The images you will see on the wall are what Robert witnessed at the moment he pressed the shutter.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 3pm and weekends from 9am - 4pm.

Image: ‘Romance of the River’ – Robert Bole

'BOTANICA  2016' - An exhibition by the Mackay Botanical Art Interest Group

'BOTANICA 2016' - An exhibition by the Mackay Botanical Art Interest Group

5th Oct 2016 - 6th Nov 2016

Lagoons Gallery; Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens


“Plants with a story to tell”- Colourful, curious and captivating flora is showcased in this botanical art exhibition where the artists use a range of techniques to portray their chosen subject. Each ‘specimen’ has been chosen because there is an interesting story associated with the plant, be that historically, medicinally, horticulturally or merely folklore.

Botanical art combines detail, accuracy and artistry, with many hours needed for each watercolour painting, acrylic painting or graphite drawing.  A glimpse into the inner workings of the botanical artists is provided by displays of their sketchbooks, photos, odd pods and all things flora, showing how the artists take a live specimen and create a “living” piece of botanical art.

Meet the artists: Wednesday, October 5, 10am - 1pm.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 3pm and weekends from 9am - 4pm.

Image: Hibiscus insularis by Madge Barnett

Tea’s Me - An exhibition by Pamela Finlay and Camilla Muller

Tea’s Me - An exhibition by Pamela Finlay and Camilla Muller

9th Nov 2016 - 11th Dec 2016

Lagoons Gallery; Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens


A café is a wonderful place to relax with friends. Being surprised with all kinds of delicious treats adds to the experience. Will I try something different today or shall I stay with the old favourites being a Devonshire tea, chocolate brownies or caramel tarts? Maybe I should try a savoury delight such as sandwich fingers of cucumber or egg and lettuce. To sip on a refreshing cup of tea now that’s what I’m waiting for. Choices, choices, should it be Earl Grey, English Breakfast or a Spicy Chai. Enjoying the company is the most important part, chatting with friends about happy things and looking at the exhibitions on show.  Pamela is a painter and Camilla is a textile artist.

Meet the artists / exhibition celebration. Saturday, November 12 (Time TBC)

Contact Pam Finlay to RSVP 0747 864 384

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 3pm and weekends from 9am - 4pm.

Image: ‘The Cup of Blessing’ by Pam Finlay

Near and Far - An exhibition by the Creative Shots Photo Club

Near and Far - An exhibition by the Creative Shots Photo Club

14th Dec 2016 - 22nd Jan 2017

Lagoons Gallery; Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens


When the members of the Creative Shots Photo Club developed the theme of ‘Near and Far’, they wanted to create something that sparked a conversation for people. This theme isn’t about following one specific technique or photography type to succeed. Instead, it’s about understanding what it means – and demonstrating that through their photographic work.

‘Near and Far’ could represent a back-and-forth between landscapes captured here in Mackay or somewhere else in the world. It could feature a subject with a close-up shot as well as a zoomed out impression of the same thing. The sky’s the limit when it comes to how the subject is interpreted. And that means you will be able to enjoy an exciting display of photos that will all be distinct to each photographer. As usual, our selections come from our members across a vast range of skills, experience, knowledge and camera equipment.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens Lagoons Gallery is open Wednesday to Friday 10am – 3pm and weekends from 9am - 4pm.

Image: “Sky Fire” by David Phillips