Gallery 198 is a gallery space for emerging artists and TAFE alumni students based at the TAFE Coomera Campus, and was designed to provide them with an opportunity to showcase their talents, both to current TAFE students and the wider Gold Coast community. Not only that, but it’s free, and they’re currently looking for artists to showcase.
Karen Graham, Project Officer at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Region, explains why Gallery 198 was created.
“Free gallery space is important for emerging artists as it provides them with the opportunity to showcase their creativity and build on their professional and creative profile. Many gallery spaces charge artists a fee to use the space, which emerging artists often can’t afford.”
The current exhibition at Gallery 198 is work that was created by TAFE Queensland students from North Queensland, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast, studying Photo Imaging, Graphic Design and Visual Art. These works were exhibited during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Main Media Centre in Broadbeach and the Athlete’s Village.
“The artwork was created by TAFE students and was selected by their TAFE teachers for the GC2018 showcase opportunities,” Karen explains.
Gallery 198 is located within TAFE’s Coomera Creative Campus at 198 Foxwell Road Coomera. Having the gallery space located within this facility links nicely with the creative vibe on campus.
“Having this connection with TAFE also provides opportunities for exhibiting artists to connect with other creatives who may be able to support their exhibits,” says Karen.
Gallery 198 is available to individual artists or groups of artists, and there is also space available for an opening night event to launch exhibitions. The Gallery space is open weekdays until 6pm and Saturday’s until 12 noon. Artists interested in viewing the space and discussing potential exhibitions should contact Karen Graham at TAFE Karen.Graham2@tafe.qld.edu.au.