Vote now for our Precinct’s first artwork

THE GOLD Coast community has a rare opportunity to choose the first artwork to enliven Stage 1 of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct. Public voting has begun online, or at the electronic display in The Arts Centre foyer.

From 18 entries, an independent selection panel has shortlisted three works from Gold Coast artists, each with a personal interpretation of themes and elements that best depict the Gold Coast – and the Cultural Precinct.

The finalists are vying for $2000 in prize money from The Arts Centre Gold Coast and the chance to turn the Stage 1 construction hoardings into a colourful canvas, celebrating Gold Coast creativity. They are:

Gold Coast Happy DaysGOLD COAST HAPPY DAYS, by Go Suga, featuring the precinct’s Art Tower at its centre, this vibrant entry depicts the  ‘best of the Gold Coast’ -bright sunny days, awesome surf, active and happy people, leisure activities, beautiful nature and more’. 

Aspects ASPECTS, by Tyler Jackson, referencing the precinct’s geometric voronoi to ‘respond to all the different facets of the Gold Coast’. Tyler’s entry is a broad representation of the Gold Coast’s unique cultural identity in which ‘no single thing defines the city – that’s what makes it so interesting’.

Waterways WonderlandWATERWAYS WONDERLAND by Tropical Loveland (a collaboration between Rebecca Ross and Lucy Forsberg), employing the precinct’s voronoi motif to piece together a digital collage that reflects the Gold Coast’s suburban canal landscapes. This collaboration of established and emerging practices unites contemporary installation and new media. (Image replicated for display purposes)

Voting closes on Sunday, 11 October.

The winning work will be featured for almost 18 months, as the $37 million Stage 1 of the Cultural Precinct takes shape at Evandale. Stage 1 construction will commence early in 2016, with completion scheduled ahead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™.

Get set for our cultural evolution

A STRIKING new cultural destination is planned for Australia’s Gold Coast. To be delivered on a 16.9 hectare site, within walking distance of Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct will be a heart for arts, culture and creative enterprise. It will become the Gold Coast’s place to be for residents and visitors alike.

With new visual and performing arts facilities and a programmed outdoor Artscape, the completed Gold Coast Cultural Precinct will support the city’s already thriving cultural evolution.

Design team leaders, ARM Architecture and Topotek1, have applied their 2013 international competition-winning concept to a site-wide Master Plan. It will guide staged delivery of the project over the next 10 – 15 years. View the Master Plan

Early work will begin late in 2015, enabling completion of the $37 million Stage 1 before the city hosts the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™.

2014 Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Masterplan
2014 Gold Coast Cultural Precinct Masterplan, including Stage 1 versatile outdoor space


Garden Theatre concept for Stage 1

By 2018, Stage 1 will provide:

  • A Versatile Outdoor Space – stage and event platform in a garden amphitheatre, catering for audiences of up to 5000 and a wide range of civic events and performances
  • Riverside Hub – adapting the existing Riverside Building to provide a transitional, enhanced  City Gallery exhibition
    space, and places for creative partnerships, civic receptions and café
  • Initial Artscape works – surrounding an enhanced Evandale Lake and activated by artistic programming, markets, festivals, cinema and family recreation
  • Detailed design is also being prepared for a pedestrian and cycle bridge connecting the Cultural Precinct with nearby Chevron Island and on to Surfers Paradise. This will enable construction of the precinct’s Friendship Bridge to proceed when funding is secured.

View the detailed Stage 1 designs. 

Future stages

Future stages will be delivered after 2018. Outlined in the Master Plan, they will include a striking central Art Tower and adjacent Great Hall, new and refurbished performing arts facilities, and completion of the outdoor Artscape works.

Council is working with The Arts Centre Gold Coast, governments, business, arts and cultural organisations and the community to build partnerships, secure funding and activate what will be a must-visit artistic and cultural destination.

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