Arts and culture events this weekend | February 2018

What's on at the Gold Coast

Kids are back at school, the to-do list is steadily filling and the diary’s going mental. Yep, summer holidays are well and truly over. But the awesome Gold Coast events aren’t.

Here’s just a small selection of what’s on offer this weekend. Go, get amongst the City’s awesome arts and culture, Gold Coast.

Explore the senses at OneArts

OneArts is bringing a curation of works to explore the senses, combining a multi-media display of artwork by New Zealander Michelle Ward (BFA). ‘Musical Birds’ is a series that began in 2015 and has continued to evolve, the imagery representing our strong connection to music and freedom in the way of expression and the way it can make our soul sing and fly. The artist uses words, paint, texture, stones and shells in her montages. The opening night is Friday 2 February at 6.30 at the One Arts Gallery on the Isle of Capri. The exhibition runs until 28 February.

Ten days of choppers, skateboards and tats at Dust Temple

Artist, tattooer, pro skater and beard farmer Gareth Stehr (AKA DIRTSQID) spent more than ten years in California working as a professional skateboarder and showing his artwork in galleries and exhibitions across the USA. Now based in Melbourne, he’s bringing a motley crew of artists, pro skaters, tattooists and brewers from California, NZ and Australia to the Dust Temple as part of an east coast tour. The exhibition opens at Dust Temple on 3 February for three weeks.

Go for Gold at The Walls

The Walls is going for gold with its 2018 program launch which takes place Saturday 3 February alongside the second season of its screen-based installation ‘SUNSCREENING’. Early birds score a limited edition artwork badge by Melissa Sprat with program-posters designed by Byron Coathup also available. The A B Citizens will provide electro-techno sounds and a selection of works (both on the screen and off) by Adrienne Kenafake, Lowanna Davies, Courtenay McCue, Jay Jermyn, Libby Harward and others will be shown.

Summertime sessions at Mudgeeraba

After a chilled springtime series of live music events, Summertime Sessions in the Village have returned with seven more weeks of summertime vibes. The series kicks off this Friday night with Dallas James + Jackson Smith. Future dates see Caravana Sun vocalist Ant Beard stop in for a set on the back of his single ‘Beneath the Waves’ which garnered positive reviews all over the place (including Rolling Stone Magazine) as well as Gold Coast soul songstress Sarah Frank, Woodford Folk Festival stars Hollow Coves and Music Industry College student Harry J Hart who will make his Summertime Sessions debut. Summertime Sessions in the Village take over Cuddihy Park, Swan Lane in Mudgeeraba from 5.30 – 7.30pm from Friday 2 February through Friday 16 March.

Jemma Nicole at The Scottish Prince

Jemma Nicole is a notorious femme fatale tunesmith acknowledged  by The Americana Music Festival with her most recent record receiving three stars in Rolling Stone Magazine. She’s at The Scottish Prince this Sunday, followed next weekend by James Van Cooper, whose life has taken some wrong turns with those misshapen roads proving fertile ground for story telling. He’ll unleash some of that past darkness to tell tales of misfortune and redemption when he passes through town on Sunday 11 February.

Jax Haze drops debut EP

Now 27 year of age, Jax Haze stepped into the music scene four years ago, The Gold Coast multi-instrumentalist delivers a mix of blues, folk and rock and this weekend launches his debut EP which he worked on with Govind Doyle. He’ll be joined this Saturday night at Miami Shark Bar by Katie Who and Trapdoor. Epic lineup.

Hollow Coves at NightQuarter

Gold Coast via Redlands duo Hollow Coves deliver an earthy folk sound. In 2014 they garnered an international following with the song ‘The Woods’ which became the most Shazammed track in the USA. They picked up Woodford sets this year after playing 2017’s Australian music Week and their first US tour is rolling out in March, just before they hit the UK to record a new album with producer Chris Bond (Ben Howard).  The six tracks on their debut EP ‘Wanderlust’ have now collected 30 million spins on Spotify, and their collection on YouTube has been watched over a million times. Hollow Coves are at Nightquarter, Friday 2 February 2018. Read our interview here.


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