Gold Coast City Gallery


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Visit the Gold Coast City Gallery and come away feeling inspired and uplifted. We host over 20 local, national and international exhibitions each year in our three Gallery spaces, so there’s always something new and fresh to see.

Gold Coast City Gallery is one of Australia's most prominent public regional Galleries and serves over half a million residents and visitors. It houses the City’s Collection of contemporary and historical artworks documenting the character of the Gold Coast and the development of Australian art practice.

Normal Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm
Saturday & Sunday and public holidays 11.00am to 5.00pm

Entry is free (donations are warmly appreciated)

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Graham Burstow, Surfers Paradise, c1960s

Flesh: The Gold Coast in the 1960s, 70s and 80s

Gallery 2 October 23 - December 6, 2015

Experience Gold Coast beach culture from the 60s, 70s and 80s immortalised by acclaimed photographer Graham Burstow. During the 60s, 70s and 80s the region boomed as tourists and locals alike flocked …


Gold Coast Art Prize 2015

Gallery 1 December 5, 2015 - January 31, 2016

Gold Coast City Gallery is pleased to host the Gold Coast Art Prize 2015. Now in its 47th year, the popular award provides an opportunity to showcase excellent contemporary art practice from across Au…


Gold Coast Art Prize 2015: Official Opening Event

Gallery 1 Saturday, December 5, 2015

Join us for the official opening and prize announcement for the 2015 Gold Coast Art Prize. Guest Judge Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia will reveal the overall winner fo…

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A Permanent Mark: the impact of tattoo culture on contemporary art

Gallery 2 December 12, 2015 - February 7, 2016

A Permanent Mark draws together a number of notable works by national and international artists to encapsulate how far and in what ways tattoo has infiltrated the contemporary art sphere.  Exhibiting…



Gallery 1 Saturday, December 12, 2015

Escape the Summer heat for a special afternoon in the Gallery with esteemed Australian artist and Gold Coast Art Prize 2015 finalist Wendy Sharpe. Join this much-loved artist for a reflection on her p…

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Summer at the Gallery: FREE drop in art activities - A Permanent Mark

Gallery 2 January 12 - January 22, 2016

Kids will love the tattoo-inspired art in our Summer exhibition A Permanent Mark: the impact of tattoo culture on contemporary art. Create your own tattoo ‘Flash Sheet’ and display your work in the Ga…


Summer at the Gallery: FREE drop in art activities - Gold Coast Art Prize

Gallery 1 January 13 - January 22, 2016

Free drop-in program of art making activities that have been inspired by works in the Gold Coast Art Prize 2015 exhibition. DATE     Wed 13 Jan, Fri 15 Jan, Mon 18 Jan, Wed 20 Jan, Fri 22 JanTIME    …


Summer at the Gallery: FREE storytelling

Gallery 1 January 13 - January 22, 2016

Snugglepot & Cuddlepie | The Very Hungry Caterpillar Some much-loved childhood classics that will be brought to The Arts Centre Gold Coast stage in 2016 will be shared with families during our storyt…


Workshops for Kids: Entwined with Art

The Studio January 19 - January 21, 2016

Children aged 5+ have the opportunity to work with recent QCA Honours graduate and textile artist Melissa Spratt to create a woven sculptural installation. The kids will learn some fun finger knitting…

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AFTER DARK: Tattoo and Art

Gallery 2 Thursday, January 28, 2016

AFTER DARK: Tattoo and Galleries stay open until 8pm I Talks from 6pm I cash bar Explore the exhibition A Permanent Mark: the impact of tattoo culture on contemporary art aft…


Gayle Reichelt: The Last Fleet

Foyer Gallery February 6 - March 20, 2016

Inspired by weathered shipwrecks, The Last Fleet thematically reviews the fate of abandoned, human manufactured objects in the natural environment. In this series, nature seeks revenge in entropy by r…

Indo Pop

Indo Pop: Indonesian Art from APT7

Gallery 1 February 6 - March 20, 2016

This exhibition presents a group of artists who were a central feature of the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art's flagship 2012 exhibition, 'The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary…


Made in QLD: Ode to the souvenir

Gallery 2 February 13 - March 16, 2016

From its theme parks and golden beaches to its carefree lifestyle, Gold Coast is a tourist’s dream. And with tourism comes the souvenir—hats, snow domes, magnets, tea-towels, cups, spoons and postcard…


How To Make a Monster - the art and technology of animatronics

Gallery 1 March 25 - June 12, 2016

Discover the skills and processes involved in bringing a creature from the written page to the silver screen in this fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ exhibition. How to Make a Monster reveals how mon…

Owen Leong, Mudra 2014, pigment print on archival paper. Courtesy the artist and Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects, Melbourne and Artereal Gallery, Sydney


Gallery 1 June 25 - August 21, 2016

The JUWS Photography Award is considered one of the most important annual surveys of contemporary Australian photographic practice. Established photographers are showcased alongside emerging, resultin…


Energies 2016

Gallery 2 September 17 - October 16, 2016

The ENERGIES 2016 exhibition showcases works of art by talented secondary school students from across the Gold Coast. The selected works include widely varying artistic media from painting to video i…