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Arts and culture opportunities

It's often unexpected and sometimes surprising, but it’s always distinctly Gold Coast. That is why we're on a mission to fuel the creativity of our artists, creatives and anyone who loves art.

We deliver workshops, programs, funding, panel discussions and professional development opportunities to our local community.

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Producer Professional Development opportunity 2018

Bleach* Festival™ 2016 - Craig Walsh

Producer Professional Development opportunity 2018

We are offering an opportunity for creative producers, project managers, event coordinators and arts administrators, with a demonstrated interest in arts and culture, to increase their professional skills, experience and networks by undertaking a paid placement with one of three local arts festivals; Bleach* Festival™, Gold Coast Film Festival and Somerset Celebration of Literature.

Community Activation and artist mentorship announced

The City of Gold Coast is excited to announce interdisciplinary art collective Lumen Cloud as the recipient of the Gateways Public Art Commission mentorship. The Lumen Cloud duo of Michelle Xen and Richard Candy are the recipients of the $10,000 grant designed to expand their experience and understanding of how to create works for the public realm.

Professional attachment program opportunities

Are you a Gold Coast based creative or technician working in the performing arts? Are you looking to expand your experience in understanding how to create or deliver projects for an arts and culture festival of significant scale and to learn from world class mentors?

To support the development of arts and culture creatives and production technicians on the Gold Coast, the City of Gold Coast is offering highly motivated individuals a range of professional paid attachments.

Navigate: Young Artist Development Program 2017

Are you aged between 18 and 30 and live on the Gold Coast? Do you want to develop yourself as an artist, creative or cultural worker?

We are offering up to 10 young and emerging Gold Coast creatives the opportunity to undertake a nine month program of support, including group professional development activities and a grant of up to $8000 towards an individual career development activity.

Young Artist Development Salons

Friday night just got a whole lot better. Gold Coast creatives 30 years and under are invited to grow their creative career in 2017. This salon series is designed specifically for young people who want to carve out a career in the arts, cultural or creative industries. If you’re a young and emerging artist or cultural worker who wants to push your creative practice, build industry know-how and connect with collaborators and peers, this is for you.


While it’s not all about the money, it certainly helps.

If you’re a local artist, creative business or organisation, funding is available to GERMINATE, GENERATE and ACTIVATE your big ideas.

Generate program

Embracing the opportunity that the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) brings to the City, GENERATE is a unique program of development and production for individual artists and/or organisations that are creative, ambitious and bold.

This three-stage program will bring together artists, creatives and collectives to develop content for the GC2018 arts and cultural program.

Public Art ‘In Conversation’ Talks

Yimbun and Muyum 2017 - John Graham

Public Art ‘In Conversation’ Talks

Join us for our first Public Art ‘In Conversation’ featuring John Waldron with John Graham. A very special evening facilitated by leading Arts Professional John Waldron in conversation with local Indigenous artist John Graham, Friday 16 June 2017.

Live Music Advisory Group

We're looking for members to join the Live Music Advisory Group. If you have experience in the local music sector as a musician, venue owner or within professional services including management, public relations or technical, you can play an important role in shaping the future of the live music scene on the Gold Coast.

Urban Oasis: G:link wrap commission

We searched for artists to create an artwork on the Gold Coast’s own light rail - the G:link. Now you decide on the art that wraps the light rail for the summer. Thanks to support from the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads, GoldlinQ and GoTransit.

South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp 2017

The annual South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp has successfully contributed to the development of the local sector over the past three years, with participants not only increasing their skills and exploring new art forms, but gaining new networks and professional opportunities.

beingNOWhere Creative Lab with Jeremy Neideck

In late May 2017, applications were invited for arts and cultural workers to participate in the beingNOWhere Creative Lab. Eight successful applicants have been paired with someone of a different artistic, creative, cultural, or linguistic background with whom they are embarking on a six-week part-time program of collaboration, experimentation, and play. Dr Jeremy Neideck, guest speaker from the FUSE Cultural Diversity in the Arts Forum is leading this program.

View all other funding and resources

View a wide range of funding available for artists and arts/cultural organisations through state and federal government sources.

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