Gold Coast City Art Gallery
The Gold Coast City Art Gallery is a regional Art museum located at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. Opened in 1986, the Gallery is funded by the Gold Coast City Council as part of the Gold Coast Art Centre Pty Ltd.
The Gallery houses the renowned City Collection of contemporary and historical artworks documenting the character of the Gold Coast as well as the development of contemporary Australian Art practice. The Gallery is also home to one of Australia's longest running art prizes, the Drs Stan and Maureen Duke Gold Coast Art Prize which is an acquisitive art award and exhibition of contemporary Australian Art. This Prize began its life in 1968 with the inaugural Gold Coast Art Prize. The prize was established with the intention of bringing the latest in contemporary art practice to what was then a relatively small tourism-based community. From 1990 to 2006 it was known as the Conrad Jupiters Art Prize and many significant works were acquired during this time including the first public gallery acquisitions of works by Adam Cullen and Guan Wei. The prize now enters a new era with the support of the Stan and Maureen Duke Foundation. The support through the Foundation has allowed for a significant increase in the overall value of the prize. The collection has benefited greatly from gifts of art from Barbara and Patrick Corrigan, and Elizabeth and Colin Laverty.
The Gold Coast City Art Gallery is listed as one of Australia's most prominent public regional Galleries and serves an average population of approximately 400,000.
Exhibitions and events
The Gallery presents a diverse and dynamic program of exhibitions and events. These include local, national and international exhibitions. The exhibitions and events are both generated by the Gallery and those displayed as part of touring schedule.
The Gallery is also home to the riverside Evandale Sculpture Walk, an exhibition that provides a walk through a range of outdoor sculptures. These sculptures include permanent and semi-permanent sculptures by Australian and international artists. The Sculpture Walk is set against the backdrop of the high-rise Gold Coast skyline.