Shadow (Solo Exhibition by Jacque Duffy)

Exhibition Date: June 4, 2021 to June 22, 2021

Location: Mission Arts, MARCS Park, Mission Beach

Shadow, an immersive picture book experience, showcases a collection of artwork by Jacque Duffy. The artwork and storyline are inspired and complemented by her latest children's book release of the same name. Join us on a magical journey into the world of a picture book and cast your own shadow on the colourful artworks that adorn the gallery walls.

Journey into the World of a Picture Book

Shadow, an immersive picture book experience, a new exhibition by Cassowary Coast artist and writer Jacque Duffy, will be shown at Mission Beach Community Arts Centre from Friday the 4th of June to 22nd June  2021. 

This solo exhibition showcases a collection of Jacque’s artwork to support the launch of her new picture book release Shadow. Her paintings encourage you to look closely into storytelling, characters, scenes and a a narrative point of view. Each artwork brings a unique experience, unfolding the narrative with vivid watercolours, acrylics, charcoal and pencil. 

“I invite viewers into the world of Shadow, entering, and getting lost in this story, walking with characters. Viewers are encouraged to investigate what inspires me, you may discover hidden elements, find that special factor that makes each artwork a unique experience for you.’  Jacque said. ‘Explore emotion of colour, line and movement, feel romance in Shadow’s architecture. Then please, cast your own shadow onto the artwork and become part of the story itself. You’re invited to share photographs of your shadow on social media (#shadowswithshadow). I strongly encourage school groups to visit the exhibition during its showing.”

Jacque Duffy is an accomplished artist and writer with involvement in the Cairns Tropical Writers, delivering workshops and contributing to panel discussions. “One creative project is feeding into the next, I love it” Jacque stated. “I’ve had a few years away from my paint brush and pencil—like most creative people, life can get in the way. Now I’m re-immersing myself in things I love doing – and that’s sculpting with words and creating art that tells a story.’

 Jacque is  an author/illustrator of several children’s picture books, crime writing, poetry and short stories. Many of her children’s books have been purchased by the Queensland State Government and integrated into universities, schools and libraries. The exhibition will be opened, and book launched on Friday, 4 June by Eve Stafford OAM. Eve is best known as founding chair and Executive Officer of Arts Nexus, a development and service organisation for the arts across Far North Queensland and her service on panels with Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts. Signed copies of Jacque’s  book are available on request on this evening.   

To coincide with her exhibition Jacque will be conducting a workshop  titled  ‘Illustrating Your Story’  on creating a book, combining both the written word and illustrations. This workshop (ages 9+ to adult) will be held at Mission Arts on Sunday 6th  June from 10am-1pm. Additionally, a colouring competition will be held during the exhibition where several children can win prizes.

Mission Arts welcomes school group visits but bookings are required in advance for groups of 12 or more due to COVID regulations. Shadow, an immersive picture book experience opens 6pm Friday 4 June, and is a free public event. Bookings will be required to ensure compliance with current Public Health Directives and can be made at

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