Construction zone seeks artist: Cultural Precinct to be a blank canvas for artists

The Cultural Precinct will showcase local artists before it’s even a ‘thing.’

Work on Stage 1 of The Gold Coast Cultural Precinct has commenced and the site at Evandale will become a blank canvas for local artists.

Arts Centre General Manager Destry Puia said that they’re searching for a local artist to showcase their talent from the very start.

“From the beginning of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct project we have been committed to engaging with the artistic community in creating the city’s cultural hub,” he said.

So, consider this your invitation. Artists from across the City of Gold Coast are invited to apply to have their inspiring and engaging design showcased at the site for 18 months across hundreds of metres of construction fencing. A panel of experts will shortlist up to three designs that will then go to the Gold Coast community to have their say.

Virginia Rigney is Senior Curator at the Gold Coast City Gallery and she believes  that this public art project will strengthen the Cultural Precinct’s ties to the creative community.

“This opportunity for a local artist’s work to be showcased in the public realm will highlight the abundance of quality talent here in our city,” she said, confident that  the local artistic community will respond to this challenge.

A unique feature of the Cultural Precinct design, being led by award-winning architects ARM, is the naturally-occurring, cellular voroni pattern. Artists are challenged to take this design approach and create their own winning design that will enliven what is usually a staid and underutilised canvas.


The competition closes Friday 18 September and artists are encouraged to enter and share their interpretation of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct. The winner will be announced Friday 23 October and will be awarded $2000 prize money.

Further information can be found at The Arts Centre Gold Coast website.

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