Cats Do Not Go to Heaven @ Outer Space

Opening Event: 13 September 2019
Exhibition Dates: 14 - 29 September
Gallery hours: 10-2 Thursday-Sunday

In her essay, “Shakespeare’s Sister”, published in the eminent feminist text, 'A Room of One’s Own' (1929), Virginia Woolf critiques the words of historian G. M. Trevelyan, who asserted that cats do not go to heaven, and women cannot write the words of Shakespeare. In 2013, Knighted German artist Georg Baselitz infamously stated in an interview, “Women do not paint very well. It’s a fact.”

While many of the barriers to having a creative practice that existed in Woolf’s time have been dismantled through rigorous efforts of 20th-century activists, it would be naïve to suggest we are (regardless of gender) free from the fetters of patriarchy. Almost a century on, Woolf’s text remains an unsettling and uncanny mirror to contemporary conversations surrounding certain gendered experiences.

'Cats Do Not Go to Heaven' brings together five artists who make work while experiencing the world as women. The exhibition is curated by Caity Reynolds and features work by Savannah Jarvis, Dana Lawrie, Mary Letain, Ally McKay and Kate McKay, who each make art very well. It’s a fact.

Encounters @ Jan Manton Art

03 October - 27 October 2018

McKay’s painting practice brings out the monumental in the small details of everyday spaces. ‘Encounters’ showcases the intense focus McKay brings to her work, and her ability to make the familiar, urbane sights of Brisbane feel strange and uncanny. Working with the edge of daylight, McKay cleverly uses light to elevate the mundane into objects that demand our attention. Her still lifes have an uneasy tension that makes you think you’d be unwilling to turn your back to them. She captures the quiet drama of the enigmatic and fleeting moments at the edge of our periphery, as day gives way to night on the streets of suburbia.

Eileen Abood, 2018 

15 Artists 2017 @ Redcliffe Art Gallery 

01 September  - 28 October 2017

This annual award plays a pivotal role in the growth of the Moreton Bay Regional Council Art Collection. The $8000 acquisitive prize exhibits 15 Artists that reflect the collection’s focus of culture, identity, spirit and sense of place.

Artists selected for 2017 are Ari Athans, Glenn Barkley, Sue Beyer, Megan Cope, Hannah Cutts, Jeremy Eden, Martin Edge, Ian Friend, Stephen Hart, Barbara Heath, Abbey McCulloch, Kate McKay, Stephen Nothling, Graeme Peebles and Nan Dingle.

2017 Exhibition @ Jan Manton Gallery 

3 - 27 May 2017

Opening event Saturday 6th May 2 - 4pm, Jan Manton Gallery

Illuminated @ Jan Manton Gallery 

February 24 - March 24 2016

Within a city, gardens are places of escape, play and relaxation. However the idea of the manicured garden is a relationship that is riddled with desires, expectations and anxieties. In Illuminated McKay is able to tease out these underlying tensions, and give us a new way of thinking about these little pockets of paradise that sit within our busy streets.

Macquarie Group Emerging Art Prize 2015 Winner

Space Gallery, 9-19 Elizabeth Street, Sydney

Exhibition on display till the 9th of October 2015

In 1986 Macquarie set out to establish an engaging art collection to reflect the Group's identity. From the outset the theme of the collection has been ‘the land and its psyche’ and the collection focuses on emerging Australian artists influenced by the Australian landscape. Acquisitions are made by a committee of Macquarie employees together with an external advisor. 

Today, the collection includes over 700 works displayed in Macquarie Group offices around the world. The works showcase contemporary Australian art and continue to generate interest and discussion amongst staff and visitors.

Finalist in St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital Anzac Art Prize 2015

St Andrew's War Memorial Hospital, Brisbane

As a part of the centenary ANZAC commemorations in 2015, St Andrew's Hospital has conducted an acquistive art competition which is on display in the hospital. The theme of the competition is "Healing after Conflict."

Upcoming 2015 Exhibition Elsewhere

Jan Manton Gallery, Brisbane

February 25 - March 21 2015

West End Magazine

Writer Donny Lau on 'The View From Here' in West End Magazine

Artist Talk October 23, 2014

Join Kate McKay and Angelica Roache-Wilson  as they discuss their joint show at The Hold.


Upcoming Exhibition The View From Here

The Hold Artspace, Brisbane 

October 15 - 25, 2014

Opening reception: Friday October 17, 6 - 9pm

The View From Here is an exhibition about the process of slowing down and reflecting upon the constructed and civilised world in which we live. Kate McKay and Angelica Roache-Wilson explore through their paintings real and imagined landscapes inspired by their experience of urban living. 

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Interview with West End Magazine

West End Magazine have featured me in their blog! Check out my interview:

Kate is a Finalist in the Churchie National Emerging Art Prize 2014

Griffith University Art Gallery

Opening Night Event + Prize Announcement: Friday 1 August 1, 6-8pm 2014

Finalists from all Australian states and territories are selected as finalists for the exhibition in a professional public gallery space, with the overall winner rewarded with a $15,000 non-acquisitive cash prize sponsored by Brand+Slater.

Ryan Renshaw Gallery

Test Pattern 2014

February 7 - March 1

Opening Night Event - Friday February 7, 6-8pm

Test Pattern is a group exhibition held every year at the Ryan Renshaw Gallery which features artwork by emerging Queensland artists. This year it will showcase the work of Zoe Knight, Jarrod Van Der Ryken and Kate McKay. 

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