When Gold Coast is the heart of skate video making in a few years time, we’ll know exactly why.
For two days in February, Gold Coast City Gallery facilitated professional skate filmmakers coming together with pro skaters and the City’s skate community to be immersed in the art of skate video.
As well as holding indoor seminars with professional filmmakers like Chris Middlebrook, the event included purpose-built skate ramps as well as access to professional equipment for participants to use.
The result? Something entirely new for the Gold Coast.
“It’s really been about giving young creatives an opportunity to connect and advance their skills,” said Glenn Walker from Stoke Skateboarding who pulled it all together.
“The Arts Centre wants to embrace all forms of culture,” he said, “and skating is one of the ones they can connect and work together with.”
21 participants attended the two-day workshop with some of Queensland’s best sponsored skaters joining the group. Jesse Noonan and Joel Wilshire were amongst others who made use of a pop-up, custom-built skate park located in The Arts Centre’s grounds.
“The skate park was to give exclusive access to the filmers to work intimately with the skaters,” Glenn said.
And while the finished products are now on exhibition in the Gold Coast City Gallery itself as part of the Signs of the Time exhibition, for most of the skaters and filmmakers, it was the first time they’d been into The Arts Centre Gold Coast at all.
Support from Canon Australia meant that the City’s youngest and most passionate skate filmmakers had access to cameras, Go Pros and drones they’d otherwise not be able to use and they’re now vying for prizes from Canon and Nike in a People’s Choice Award.
You can see all of the final videos produced over that two days in the gallery now and the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the exhibition’s closing party, Saturday 1 April in The Arts Centre Gold Coast grounds.
As well as checking out the skate videos that day, you’ll have top notch entertainment, with a hearty dose of punk and funk from Electrik Lemonade, Some Jerks and Katie Who. There’ll be a bar, food trucks and more.
Watch the recap from the two-day workshop here and check out the skate videos at Gold Coast City Gallery to have your say on who should win the People’s Choice Award.
Signs of the Time runs at Gold Coast City Gallery until 9 April.
Video by The Edit Suite. Feature image by instagram.com/wade_mclaughlin