Gold Coast City Gallery


Enjoying the Cutback: Surfing Through Art exhibition opening.

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.

Box Office – 10.30am 7.00pm

Café – 10.30 – 7.00pm

Gallery - 11.00am – 5.00pm

Entry is free (donations are warmly appreciated)


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Adam Rish, Bali Bomber

Misanthropology: The World Art of Adam Rish

Gallery 2 January 30 - March 15, 2015

A survey exhibition featuring four decades of work by Sydney-based artist Adam Rish who is interested in cross cultural collaboration as "world art" (like "world music") to affirm …

Seabastion Toast, Still life with laughter and forgetting  2014, synthetic polymer paint on canvas, Courtesy of the artist

Seabastion Toast: Plush and Plastic

Foyer Gallery February 14 - March 22, 2015

Gold Coast artist Seabastion Toast’s painting practice covers a wide range of subjects, underpinned by an interest in both cultural narratives and a life-long journey into light, f…

Jason Haggerty, Surface/Control (detail). Courtesy of the artist

Jason Haggerty: Surface/Control

Darkroom February 14 - March 22, 2015

Surface/Control explores the desire to control and master natural forces, in particular the potential of the wave as an energy source to be harnessed by the human body. The wave is…

Chris Bennie, The Waves (Achilles) 2014, photograph. Courtesy of the artist

Cutback: Surfing Through Art

Gallery 1 February 14 - March 22, 2015

The surfing manoeuvre now internationally known as the Cutback had its origins on longboards in the early 1960s as a graceful, sweeping turn. Yet it was on the beaches of the Gold Coast that the Cu…

Photo: (detail) Albrecht Fuchs. Courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery


Paradise Showroom Sunday, March 8, 2015

Winner of the 2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Shaun Gladwell is one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists working in video, painti…

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David Lynch in Los Angeles, August 2014 / Photograph: Just Loomis

David Lynch: Master class

Paradise Showroom Saturday, March 14, 2015

David Lynch: Between Two Worlds explores the work of the renowned American artist and filmmaker. For nearly 50 years, Lynch’s innovative, influential and distinctive artistic output has be…

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Andrew Kidman, Stephanie channels Rell Sunn at Duranbah after a session with her Dad, photograph. Courtesy of the artist

Seminar: Women and Surfing

Gallery 1 Saturday, March 14, 2015

This public program will address some of the issues related to women and surf culture – through art and conversation. This event will include Gold Coast launch of new book by Andrew Kidman

William Mackinnon, Green wave


Gallery 1 Thursday, March 19, 2015

This is a unique opportunity for teachers to engage in an afternoon program with Cu…

After Dark

AFTER DARK: surf/life/art

Gallery 1 Thursday, March 19, 2015

A panel of creatives and surfers including writer Tim Baker and Cutback: Surfing Through Art artists Chris Bennie, Nanda Ormond and William Mackin…


War and Peace

Gallery 2 March 21 - April 19, 2015

To coincide with 100th Year commemorations of the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli, Australian Creative Exchange has organised this exhibition, War and Peace, which instigates a dialogue between…

Nanda Ormond, from the Parko List series. Courtesy the artist and Surfing World magazine

Nanda Ormond - Surf Stories Illustration Workshop

The Studio Saturday, March 21, 2015

Grommets aged 8+ are invited to work with the very cool and talented surf comic artist Nanda Ormond. Experiment with drawing skills and ways of telling stories through comic strip …

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Dianna Wells, Craigieburn #3  2014, pigment print on cotton rag. Courtesy of the artist

2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

Gallery 1 March 28 - May 31, 2015

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award is one of the most important annual surveys of contemporary Australian photographic practice. Established photographers are …

Caption: David Stephenson and Martin Walch, The longest day of the year: Tasmania’s Derwent River watershed from its headwaters to the sea, 21/12/2014 2014, photograph, 2015 finalist. Courtesy the artists


Gallery 1 Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gold Coast’s newest festival GLOW seeks to throw a light on creative practice. Hear from some of the exciting artists and designers working with light and digital technologies including JUWS finali…

Photo Fanatics Photo: Jo-Anne Driessens

Photo Fanatics

Gallery 1 Friday, April 10, 2015

An opportunity for budding photographers aged 13 - 18 to work intensively with artists featured in the 2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award.  DATE

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Photofun Photo: Carolin Baeder

Photofun at the Gallery

Gallery 1 Sunday, April 12, 2015

FREE drop-in program of art activities for 4 – 12 year olds inspired by works in the 2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Younger children welcome. Parental supervisio…

Michael Cook, Undiscovered #4 2010, Inkjet print on Hahnemuhle paper. Courtesy of Andrew Baker Art Dealer & Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects

East Coast Encounter

Gallery 2 April 25 - June 7, 2015

East Coast Encounter explores the phenomenon of first contact from the time of Cook’s mapping of the east coast of Australia, and how these encounters resonate with Indigenous and non-Indi…

Shayne Higson, Give me warmth 2004, digital photograph. Collection: Gold Coast City Gallery


Gallery 1 Saturday, May 9, 2015

Join us for this special occasion to officially launch this major new publication followed by WORDS IN THE GALLERY readings. Guest speakers: Alasdair Foster and Frank Moorh…


AFTER DARK: Composing Art

Gallery 1 Thursday, May 28, 2015

Join us AFTER DARK for an evening of art and music inspired by the 2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award.  AFTER DARK: Composing Art

 George Nuku, Bottled Ocean 2014 (detail)

Gold and Greenstone

Gallery 1 June 6 - July 19, 2015

Exploring the stories and creative practices of New Zealand Māori living on the Gold Coast, Gold and Greenstone looks at points of engagement and overlap, of cultures colliding and intertw…

Marra! (catch it!), Kumpaya Gigirba and Ngamaru Bidu 2010. Photo: Gabrielle Sullivan

We Don’t Need A Map: A Martu Experience of the Western Desert

Gallery 1 September 12 - November 1, 2015

We Don't Need A Map brings the desert to the city to celebrate the lively and enduring culture of the Martu – the traditional owners of a vast area of WA’s Western Desert. This rem…

Jordan Swan, Identity 2014 (detail), digital print on paper. Courtesy of the artist

Energies 2015

Gallery 2 September 19 - October 18, 2015

The ENERGIES 2015 exhibition showcases works of art by talented secondary school students from across the Gold Coast. The selected works include widely varying artistic media from …