Beyond the Sand festival to transform Surfers into beachside art gallery

Surfers Paradise is set to be transformed into a beachfront gallery this month for Beyond the Sand, which is on from March 13 – 21.

Previously known as the Sand Safari Arts Festival, this year’s event is moving beyond just ‘sandcastles’ with a packed program of creative experiences, including gallery exhibitions, large-scale art installations as well as sand sculpture art.

Up-and-coming Gold Coast artists will be showcased at this year’s event, alongside national and international artists.


Iconic sculptor Dion Parker will return to the sand, as one of the local artists showcasing a range of work at the festival’s Artist Gallery.

“The Australian art scene is often overlooked, so to be contributing to such a vibrant festival at the iconic Surfers Paradise beach is an honour,” he said.

Internationally recognised Australian artist Amanda Parer will also unveil her biggest ever art installation at the festival with the world premiere of ‘Lost’ – a larger than life artwork of rare botanicals.

The 2021 event will be circusthemed, offering an array entertainment for the entire family, with roving circus performances and workshops.

There will be live dj performances from artists including Just Jessie, Diskodisco, Corey Hotline and Sharks Lloyd, as well as the return of the annual Australian Sand Sculpting Championships.

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Major Events Gold Coast Director of Events and Festivals, Mark Duckworth, said Beyond the Sand will offer a diverse showcase of art and culture across a variety of mediums.

“We are excited to showcase a high calibre of talented artists exhibiting works at Beyond the Sand and continue to celebrate the cultural hub that is the Gold Coast.”

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This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by Major Events Gold Coast.


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