Learning from Surfers Paradise: A Rephotography Project 1973-2013

Gallery 2 June 22 - August 4, 2013

Inspired by the architectural bombshell that was Venturi and Scott Brown’s text Learning from Las Vegas, John Gollings came to Surfers Paradise in 1973 with the intention to extensively photograph the architecture, signs and symbols of leisure of this holiday town.

Now regarded as Australia's foremost architectural photographer, he has returned to the exact sites as part of a complete re-photographic study of what he documented 40 years ago. The contrasts between then and now are startling, revealing the extraordinary rate of change on the Gold Coast.

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown on display in Gallery 1. 

Catalogues and free audio guide available

Help us! We couldn’t find where some of the original Gollings images were taken to make a rephotography pair. View the mystery images on our website or Facebook page after the exhibition opens, see if you can find these places and shoot them exactly. John Gollings will judge a winner.


Special Daytime Event

Wed 31 Jul, 11.00am - Since 1973: Remembering Paradise Morning Tea

After Dark Program - Galleries stay open 5.00pm until 7.30pm
Join us after hours for an enriching program of events that explore our exhibitions. Grab a drink from the bar, and afterwards enjoy a meal at the Arts Café, catch a film at the Arts Cinema or take in the show in The Basement.

Thu 4 Jul, 6.00pm - Opening Event Learning from Surfers Paradise and Las Vegas Studio

Thu 18 Jul, 6.00pm - Forgotten Women in Architecture

Thu 1 Aug, 6.00pm - Sign City

Exhibition 5 – 11 August
The Studio I The Arts Centre Gold Coast
Broadbeach Primary School is located right near the heart of Surfers Paradise. Their Gifted and Talented students will present works in The Studio space as part of a special Cultural Mapping project of their own.

Year Level Suitability 
Year 4-12
Themes Local history, architecture, photo documentation
Curriculum Areas Visual Art, Media Arts, History, Local Studies, English
Art Form Photography
Support Teacher notes. Floor talks for student groups.
Bookings essential 5588 4000 / gallery@theartscentregc.com.au