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6 Things to Do for Art Lovers During the Commonwealth Games

Art Lovers | 10 March 2018

With the Commonwealth Games landing on the Gold Coast this April there’s a whole lot more happening in this part of the country than sport. So here’s what there is to see on and around the Gold Coast over the Easter break and while Games are on.

Here are 6 highlights not to be missed…

#1 – Festival 2018

4 – 15 April across the Gold Coast

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Don’t miss the unforgettable visual experience to witness the Urchins created by Choi+Shine when they are unveiled at Appel Park in Surfers Paradise on April 4 as part of Festival 2018

The Festival 2018 Gold Coast multi-arts program features free entertainment with a range of more than 1,000 arts and cultural experiences including music, theatre, circus, dance, ideas, visual arts and film that will enthrall and provide something for everyone.

The Gold Coast will welcome more than 1,440 artists from 50 countries in a program featuring 35 world premieres and 15 Australian premieres

#2 – Across Country:  Indigenous work from the collection

24 Feb – 29 April at HOTA, Gold Coast

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Clarise NAMPIJINPA POULSON, Yankirri Jukurpa (Emu Dreaming) 1993

As international and Australian visitors descend on the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Gallery at HOTA is proud to share art that celebrate the world’s oldest continuing culture.

The gallery has one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia that has been developed through numerous donations and by actively acquiring works by Australia’s leading Indigenous artists.

The collection is broad in scope and includes examples from many significant Indigenous arts communities; and features both traditional, contemporary and urban works across all media. Across Country is the first significant appraisal of the Gallery’s collection that seeks to identify themes, stories and connections between the many artists and works represented.

#3 – Abstraction: celebrating Australian women abstract artists

2 March – 20 May at Tweed Regional Gallery

Dorrit Black – Provençale farmhouse 1928

Abstraction is one of the most influential developments in art history. Evolving from avant-garde movements in Europe at the close of the nineteenth century, it has continued to flourish through to contemporary times. Women artists have been at the forefront of its development and yet, until recently, their contribution has been obscured from the art-historical narrative. This exhibition resurrects and examines the myriad of ways that Australian women artists have championed abstraction and kept it alive in the twenty-first century.

In Australia, it was progressive modernist women in the 1920s who were the chief protagonists in the opening up of avant-garde practices to artists at home, directing taste away from a growing conservatism and dominance of landscape and portraiture traditions. When the world turned decidedly modern at the outbreak of the First World War, it was largely women artists who embraced cubism and abstraction as a new path for Australian art. Importantly, they brought back the theories and practices they had learnt from masters in Paris and London to Australia.

#4 – Art Lovers Australia Prize Exhibition

8 – 28 April at Left Bank Gallery, Southport Qld.


Laural Retz – Birds of a Feather

Showcasing the 2018 Art Lovers Australia Prize finalists this is your opportunity to get up close these artworks in the flesh.

The exhibition kicks off with a ticketed Opening Night Party on Saturday 7th April and will be a celebration of ART and culture with a chance to mingle with Artists, Design Experts and special guests. (*Get your tickets here )

Starting the night with a special Welcome to Country from the Jellurgal Dancers, followed by access to the exhibition your ticket includes drinks and delicious finger food throughout the night, and lots of photo opportunities. All ticket holders will receive a complementary Art Lovers goodie bag packed full of lovely things for you to take home.

Or if you can’t make it that night the exhibition will be open from April 8 – 28 with free admission.

#5 – Bleach* Festival

29 March – 15 April across the Gold Coast

Born in a Taxi will be performing at Burleigh Heads during the festival (April 1-3)

Proudly and passionately Gold Coast and deeply connected to place, Bleach* Festival continues to pay tribute to local legends past and present with music, dance, theatre and visual art. In 2018, presenting an expansive program of genre-defying events, spanning intimate gatherings in locals’ homes to some of some of the festivals largest and most ambitious projects to date.

#6 – Time and Tides: Art in the Torres Strait Islands, Queensland

2 Sept – 15 August at GOMA, Brisbane

Ken Thaiday – Symbol of the Torres Strait 2003

The stories that emerge from this Collection-based exhibition convey the vitality of contemporary Torres Strait Islander culture and point to the knowledge and skills that sustain life in what is a complex maritime environment.

The Torres Strait is a beguiling region of volcanic islands, coral cays and richly coloured submerged reefs, fringed by turquoise water, under pale blue skies. In ‘Time and Tides’, Torres Strait Islander artists, including those living on mainland Australia, embrace the beauty of the environment and reflect the diversity and depth of the culture, particularly its history of making powerful ceremonial and decorative objects.

Discover more at Art Lovers Australia…

Artwork Image Courtesy of Luke Mallie

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