Christopher McKenzie is an energetic young man with a bold mission to facilitate the artistic ascendancy of the Gold Coast. An emerging artist in his own right, Christopher co-founded the Lmtdspace organisation in 2011. This group of young creatives organise pop-up exhibitions across the Gold Coast to explore artistic practice and investigate contemporary topics.
In an exciting development for both Lmtdspace and the Gold Coast, Christopher and his team (Melissa Spratt, Joshua White, Aish Saffigna and Virginia Lea) were given the chance to operate out of a pop-up gallery in Southport. Located at 32 Nerang Street in the heart of the CBD, the Lmtdspace Gallery is part of the push to renew Southport and provide more spaces for creativity to flourish.
To bring their vision to life, Lmtdspace worked alongside the City of Gold Coast and mentor, Brand-X through the FOUND initiative. In their effort to invest in the next generation of creative producers, the council are supporting a range of pop-up activations across Southport with the hopes of transforming it into an edgy and young contemporary community.
Since the gallery opened mid August, Christopher and his team have been feverishly organising a host of innovative exhibitions that capture the unique talent of local emerging artists. The opening exhibition Human Identity, explored themes of identity and the self. 12 x 12 focused on affordable art with each piece priced at $120 and Underline_ investigated contemporary drawing practice. Forthcoming shows will draw on artists working in the mediums of painting, sculpture and photography. Concluding this exhibition schedule is a show dedicated to honours students from the the Gold Coast campus of the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
Although the gallery closes at the end of the year, Christopher has big plans for our city. Lmtdspace will return to its original function of providing pop-up exhibitions while Christopher manages his own artistic practice alongside a burgeoning arts management career. With hopes to convene a 2018 art convention on the Gold Coast, Christopher will not be slowing down anytime soon.
Pictured: (L-R) Melissa Spratt, Aish Saffigna, Virgina Lea, Christopher Mckenzie.