Exhibitions

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery has two floors which contain two main exhibition spaces and five Community Access Spaces. On display are works by North Queensland artists, national touring exhibitions and international touring exhibitions.

  • Perc Tucker is open to the public without needing a booking.
  • A maximum of 100 people will be allowed inside the Gallery.

Current Exhibitions

50 Treasures: Celebrating 50 Years of James Cook University

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Exhibition dates: 30 October 2020 – 10 January 2021

Take this unique opportunity to explore the people, places, and events that have shaped North Queensland and the Tropics through a stunning selection of the most rare and precious artefacts, including original manuscripts and artworks, drawn from the JCU Library Special Collections. Journey through 150 years of history as you encounter explorers and creators of all kinds and gain insights into life - on the land, in our towns and on the Great Barrier Reef.

Image front: Anton Hasell (1994), The Investigator (maquette), JCU Art Collection.
Photograph by Michael Marzik. ©Anton Hasell, 2020.
Reproduced with permission.
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Andrea Huelin: Men and Cones

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Exhibition dates: 27 November 2020 – 7 February 2021

High-vis, yet invisible, they are among us. Where there’s traffic to be managed, or roads to be worked, you will find them. Men and Cones turns the generator-powered spotlight onto the reflective workwear of our suburban heroes, as they go through their well-practiced motions of daily toil. This exhibition marks a shift in scale and focus from Huelin’s usually-intimate still life works, rendering workers – and their cones – monumental in their everyday lives.

Image: Andrea Huelin, Man with Canvas 2020, gouache on paper, 35 x 28 cm
Image: Andrea Huelin, Man with Canvas 2020, gouache on paper, 35 x 28 cm

Leonie Wood: Life Lines

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Exhibition dates: 27 November 2020 – 7 February 2021

Life Lines draws heavily on Mackay-based artist Leonie Wood’s relationship with the curvilinear line of the female form, showcasing works that skilfully weave the contrasting strength and softness of the feminine spirit. Wood’s life drawings in ink, pen, charcoal, and graphite, and her hand-drawn imagery on ceramics, produced in collaboration with her late husband and renowned ceramicist Rick Wood, perfectly illustrate her ability to harness this dynamic force.

Image: Leonie Wood, Repose 2020, artist pen on paper, framed, 50 x 41 cm
Image: Leonie Wood, Repose 2020, artist pen on paper, framed, 50 x 41 cm

Regi Cherini: All the Single Ladies

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Exhibition dates: 27 November 2020 – 7 February 2021

Regi Cherini’s work is a playful meditation on contemporary womanhood. An acknowledgement and companionable shout-out to the single ladies, with each embroidery depicting, through still life arrangements, an aspect of single life. These vary from the public (shopping list items and handbag contents from a night on the town) to the private (the plans for a Saturday night at home, in the form of tea, Tim Tams and television). The deliberate emphasis and meticulous depiction of each object offering a relatable commentary, at times humorous, sincere, personal and  unapologetic; contemporary life in miniature.

Image: Regi Cherini, Saturday Night In 2019, embroidery floss on cotton, 38 x 27.5 cm
Image: Regi Cherini, Saturday Night In 2019, embroidery floss on cotton, 38 x 27.5 cm

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Past Exhibitions

Shireen Malamoo: Work is a Healer

Perc Tucker Regional Gallery
Exhibition dates: 25 September – 22 November 2020

Shireen Malamoo’s paintings are meditations on the artist’s upbringing in the strict, Pentecostal church system, and fuse the iconographies and narratives of Christianity and her own South Sea Islander and Aboriginal heritage. Drawing on these very distinctive cultural and spiritual backgrounds, it is no surprise that Malamoo’s works are complicated and beautiful meditations on her people’s past and future. The artist expresses her own difficulties in reconciling these parts of her life, as well as some of the more troubling aspects of only Australia’s colonial history, specifically the people of the South Sea Islands, whose story is such a seminal, heartbreaking and often overlooked part of North Queensland’s history. Malamoo’s paintings are vivid, beautiful and powerful, reflecting her own complex world.

Image credit: Shireen Malamoo’s family and relatives at Church, Plantation Creek, Ayr, North Queensland
Image: Shireen Malamoo, Appeal to higher power | Black elegance pray | Keep your mouth shut there are people worse off than you [detail] 2018. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 86 x 86.3 cm Photo: Through the Looking Glass Studio. Courtesy of the Artist