Glen Mackie (Kei Kalak) – Resume

Solo Exhibitions

 2017 Glen Mackie (Kei Kalak) – Recent Works, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns
2015 The Coming of Sigai and other Stories, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane
2014 Rear Visions: Stories from Home: The Prints of Glen Mackie, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns (Cairns Indig. Art Fair)
2011 I am Kulkalgal, UMI Arts, Cairns
Ngai Lamalaig - Me a Yam Islander, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane

Invitational Exhibitions

2018 Old Stories and New Narratives: Recent Indigenous Prints, for the 2nd Australian Print Triennial, Mildura, Vic.Printing as Process, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds, Vic.Inkfest, Inkmasters Biennial Exhibition, Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
2017-18 Glen Mackie and Daniel O’Shane: A celebration of the work of two artists from the Torres Strait Islands, ArtGallery of New South WalesARTNOW FNQ, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns, QldLetters from Australia (joint exhibition with Glen Mackie and Theo Tremblay), National Library of Latvia, Riga
2016 Tracing the Line, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Katoomba, NSW (in conjunction with Print Council of Australia)ARTNOW FNQ, Cairns Regional Gallery, CairnsPathways, touring exhibition curated by UMI Arts, Cairns (touring to a variety Australian locations)
2015 Mapping Memories, Tracking Visions, Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, NSWEncounter/Northern Encounter, Impress Gallery, BrisbaneEncounter/Northern Encounter, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns
2014 International Print Exhibition (Australia & Japan), Kyoto, Japan
2011 Land, Sea and Sky: Contemporary Art of the Torres Strait Islands, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane
Inkmasters Inaugural Members Exhibition, Cairns

Group Exhibitions

2017 25th Mabo High Court Win Celebration, Gallery Gilimbaa, BrisbanePartners in Print, with Sydney Printmakers, Janet Clayton Gallery, SydneyPartners in Print, with Sydney Printmakers, KickArts Contemporary Arts, Cairns
2016 Gondwana’s Garden, Tanks Art Centre, CairnsThancoupie Bursary Fund, Fundraising exhibition, Canopy Art Centre, CairnsHere and Now, Canopy Art Centre, Cairns
2015 32nd Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin (Finalist)Silk Cut Print Award, Melbourne (Finalist)Canopy Art Centre at the Terminal, Cruise Liner Terminal, Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, CairnsMapping Memories, Reclaiming Culture: Stories from Far North Qld, Canopy Art Centre (Cairns Indig. Art Fair)2014 Indigenous Artists from Australia, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle, USACV - Glen Mackie (Kei Kalak) 2
2013 30th Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, MAGNT, Darwin (Finalist)Inside/Out: Mapping Spiritual Journeys, circa 1907 gallery, CairnsPrints from the Torres Straits, Surry Hills Library, SydneyCairns Indigenous Art Fair exhibition, Canopy Art Centre, CairnsFinalist (Works on Paper section), 30th Telstra Art Award, Museum of Arts & Sciences, Cairns
2012 Big Wet, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne
Sense of Place, Inkmasters Exhibition, Canopy Artspace, Cairns
2011 Pathways, Umi Arts, Cairns
Storyboat, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
CIAF Exhibition, Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns
2010 Zenadh Kes Printmakers, Jeffrey Moose Gallery, Seattle USA
One Family Our Way of Life, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne 
1999 Exhibition with Nino Sabatino at Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, Cairns TAFE


2013 Snake Bay School, Melville Island (NT), mural
2012 Choice Australia, wall and floor murals for The Culture Place Gallery/Restaurant, Cairns
2011 Print Council of Australia print commission, two plate vinylcut ‘Augud’

2010 Dept of Immigration and Citizenship, Reconciliation Action Plan
2013-16 document, cover designWindow decal project, Woodridge Medical Centre, Brisbane
2008 TNQ TAFE mural commission, Pre-school Child Care Centre
2004 Yam Island Council mural commission, community centre - 'Kabusu'
2003 Queensland Health Commission mural for Health Clinic
Yam Island Council Community Store mural
Yam Island Airport, Yam Island Welcoming sign

Workshops/ Residencies

2017 Cairns Regional Gallery, Xmas Holiday Workshop in Printmaking
2016 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, vinylcut carving/printing workshop
2015 Print workshops, Thaiday memorial family festival, Two Brothers sports facility
2014 Woodford Festival of the Arts, Brisbane; talks, demonstrations in woodcutting
2013 Print Workshops, NAIDOC Week, Australian Museum & Surry Hills Library, Sydney12 months Resident Artist, painting and printmaking demonstrator, The Cultural Place, Cairns
2012 Big Wet Monoprint Workshop with Theo Tremblay, Editions Tremblay, CairnsResident Artist, Woodford Folk Festival, Qld
1995, 98-99 Diploma of Visual Arts, Cairns TAFE, taught by Anna Eglitis & mentored by Dennis Nona


2016 Finalist, Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, DarwinFinalist, National Works on Paper Award, Victoria
2015 Finalist, Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, DarwinFinalist, Silk Cut Print Award, Melbourne
2014 Finalist, Telstra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin2nd Prize, Inkfest: Festival of Printmaking, for handpainted vinylcut, The Coming of Sigai; Tanks Art Centre, Cairns

2013 Arts Queensland Bursary to study printmaking with master printmaker Theo Tremblay


2016 Creative Types, Cairns Eye, article by Roz Pulley, 16/1/16
2015 Darwin – The Bigger Picture, review by Jeremy Eccles, Aboriginal Art Directory, 14/8/15
2015 Dilemma of difference in indigenous art award, article by Nicolas Rothwell, The Australian, 13/8/13
2012 SBS NAIDOC Week short films featuring Tagai-Star Constellation print 
2011 The past returns to the surface, article by Nicolas Rothwell, The Australian, p.17 Arts, 17/11/11Land, Sea & Sky – In and out of the Torres Strait, article by Jeremy Eccles, Aboriginal Art Directory, 6/7/11
2006 Gatherings II, Survey Publications, Arts Queensland, Keeaira Press, Brisbane
2002 Gatherings I, Survey Publications, Arts Queensland, Keeaira Press, BrisbaneCV - Glen Mackie (Kei Kalak) 3 


Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Vault, Mildura, Vic 
Australian Museum 
Ballarat Regional Gallery 
Cairns Regional Gallery 
Canson Australia
City of Fremantle, WA
Gallery of NSW
Kluge Ruhe Collection, University of Virginia, USA
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
National Museum of Australia
Parliament House Canberra
Print Council of Australia
Queensland Art Gallery
St Ursula’s College, Toowoomba, Qld
University of Queensland Art Collection
University of Woolongong NSW
+ private collections in Australia and international 



Torres Strait artist

Tribe: Iama (Yam)

Language: Kala Lagaw (Central Torres Strait)

Totems: Hammerhead Shark (Kurrs) and Crocodile (Koedal)


Born in 1975 on Yam Island, Torres Strait, Glen now resides in Cairns, Far North QueenslandThe bold minar, or infill-design style in Glen Mackie (Kei Kalak)’s work incorporates family totemic designs and his own invented geometric repeating water pattern. He retells the myths and legendary stories he inherited from older family members.As one of Yam Island’s few practising artist he feels he has a responsibility to keep alive the sacred stories of the four brothers who travelled from the north before memory and settled Zenadh Kes, more commonly known as the Central and eastern Torres Strait Islands.


Glen has teamed up with Life Apparel Co through Canopy Art to create a product specific, editioned artwork.

He is currently represented with one design in our retail collection.


Hand-drawn on paper


The bold minar, or infill-design style in Glen’s work incorporates family totemic designs and his own invented geometric repeating water pattern. He retells the myths and legendary stories he inherited from older family members.This artwork pays homage to women and represents the livelihood and sacred labour of Torres Strait Islander women, often carried out in a group


The hair comb and Island mat represent the important bonds between the women.
The bridal pendant is made from the shell from the Hawksbill Turtle by the groom and is the equivalent of a wedding ring.
The garden stick and yam represent the time when women study the Tagai constellation in the sky at night to determine the best time to plant yam in time for the first rainy season.It is the job of the younger girls to always ensure the coconut water container is always kept full for the men to take with them when they go out in their boats to hunt for turtle and dugong. If the hunt is not successful, the women dig up the yam and taro from the garden and cook it ready to eat on the men’s return.
The garden food is a staple and a back-up.
The coconut scraper is used for scraping the white flesh from coconuts which the women use to make coconut milk and coconut oil for cooking and many other uses (eg hair treatments).
The three frangipani flowers signify marriage, widowhood, being single. Depending where the flower is placed on the head, it has different meanings: In the middle or back of head: a widow On the right: a single woman On the left: a married woman


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