What’s on: Gold Coast Cultural Events

Don’t miss the action over the next few months, with our fave picks of up and coming (and already happening!) arts events.

d’Arcy Doyle Art Awards now exhibiting

Thousands of art lovers and art buyers have started to converge on the township of Mudgeeraba where the prestigious d’Arcy Doyle Art Exhibition and Awards are held each year (once the home of d’Arcy). The historic town has turned into an Arts Festival with sculptures and artists in residence. Visitors get free entry into the exhibition, which is held at the Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall on Railway Street. Artists are vying for a total of $20,000 in prize money, with the top prize of $10,000 in the Landscape/Seascape Category. The Awards now in their 25th year, and run from 10am to 7pm, from now until 7 July.

Nothing Left. Never Right opens at Dust Temple

A new exhibition opens at Dust Temple this month, exploring the work of the artist IROK, otherwise known as Sam Gilliland. Growing up in a lower middle class family, IROK was starved of attention and from a young age found his voice in graffiti. “If I wasn’t painting something of real substance or real meaning to me, I couldn’t understand how it would have meaning to anyone else,” he says. “Everything I’ve ever painted in my life I’ve done for a reason that goes far beyond the painting itself.” Opening night is 29 June and the show runs through to 1 August.

Splendour’s Artist in Residence exhibition opens in Byron

2019 is the second year of the Artist in Residence program for Splendour In The Grass which runs 19-21 July 2019. It’s a unique collaboration which sees the artist involved in the festival artwork as well as switching Splendour audiences on to some of Australia’s best artistic talent. This year’s Splendour Artist in Residence is Lee McConnell (pictured), an ARIA nominated visual artist. His aesthetic has become widely recognisable, notably through his long term collaboration with Dune Rats. At the festival Lee will be running a masterclass for aspiring artists but either side of the event Lee’s art will be presented by Splendour in the Grass at an exhibition in Byron Bay. ‘Hypnagogic Tableau’ featuring new works by Lee McConnell opens 12 July and runs through until 6 August at Lone Goat Gallery, Lawson Street, Byron Bay.

A SWELL time for kids

One of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful stretches of sand will be transformed into Australia’s most stunning outdoor art gallery when SWELL Sculpture Festival returns to Currumbin Beach in September. The 10-day showcase of installations, digital works and sculpture will be complemented by the first ever playful, children-focused SWELL Kids Elements area. SWELL Kids Elements is an innovative project designed to encourage children to immerse themselves in art and culture through the exploration of large-scale sculpture, tactile artistic creating and art play. The project will exhibit large scale artworks specifically designed for younger audiences accompanied by a sculpture workshop program designed to stimulate a creative play, including Make a Clay Baby Turtle with Monte Lupo and Create Wire Sculpture with Barbara Licha. Workshops will run on Saturday 14 + 21, and Sunday 15 + 22 September. Bookings can be made via swellsculpture.com.au.

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