If, like us, you’re more culture vulture than a hipster tripster (who are we kidding, we’re actually both), you’ll be looking for all manner of creative events and under the radar pursuits to fill the days (and nights) this summer.
We’ve found a little bunch you’ll be wise to add to your to-do list right now.
A Permanent Mark: tattoo culture and contemporary art
Running until 17 February and touring from Townsville’s Pinnacles Gallery, A Permanent Mark draws together a number of notable works by high profile national and international artists to encapsulate how far and in what ways tattoo has infiltrated the contemporary art sphere. The exhibition features Ah Xian, Amanda Wachob, Don Ed Hardy, Dr Lakra, eX de Medici, Holly Grech, Leslie Rice, Lisa Reihana, Matt Elwin, Qin Ga, Regan ‘HAHA’ Tamanui, Richard Dunlop, Rob Douma, Ron McBurnie, The RUN Collective and Shawn Barber. More at theartscentregc.com.au.
Tweed Regional Museum features artefacts from the past 135 years
An original record of the daily happenings at Condong’s sugar mill in 1880 is just one of the ‘old but new’ acquisitions on display at Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Museum. The Museum collection includes thousands of items gathered over more than 50 years. Free tours of the Museum are available on the third Thursday of every month at 11.ooam commencing 21 January. More via email@example.com.
Gold Coast Art Prize on show now
Now in its 47th year, the popular Gold Coast Art Prize provides an opportunity to showcase excellent contemporary art practice from across Australia. The prize is open to all Australian artists working in any art media except photography, and this year sees 47 finalists competing for a total prize pool of $30 000 in acquisitions. The exhibition of finalists closes 31 January at the Gold Coast Museum and this is the last year of the Award before it evolves into a biennial Art Prize. More at theartscentregc.com.au.
Busy hands, playful minds
A series of free Saturday afternoon sessions for 4-12 year olds will stimulate creative thought and problem solving skills, with the most picturesque backdrop of Evandale Lake and the city skyline. Printing the Precinct, Painting the Precinct, Building the Precinct and Creating a Precinct Monster will take place on 9, 16, 23 and 30 January respectively. And as well as those structured activities, there will be giant and regular sized board games such as dominos, snakes and ladders, noughts and crosses and chess. It’s part of The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s Summer at the Cultural Precinct. Parental supervision is compulsory. More at theartscentregc.com.au.