City invests $1.8 million in Gold Coast arts and culture

Arts and culture on the Gold Coast has just been given a massive boost, with the announcement of a whopping $1.8 million in funding.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate made the exciting announcement on Monday, revealing nine local art organisations will receive a share in the funding over three years.

It’s part of the Arts Organisations Triennial Grants Program, which supports organisations to deliver high-quality cultural products which in turn provide an economic benefit for the coast.


“There is a lot of talent in this city and by providing long-term operational funding to organisations and collectives we are helping future proof the sector,” Mayor Tate said.

“It gives them the ability to be ambitious and bold in their creative endeavours.”

It comes after a recent report by The Bureau of Communications and Arts Research revealed creative activity contributed $111.7 billion to Australia’s economy in 2016-17, a 30% increase in value from 2008 to 2017.

This is the second round of Triennial Funding with the first grants being awarded in 2015.

The nine Gold Coast recipients of the organisational funding are:

  • Everybody Now – delivering dynamic contemporary arts experiences.  Funding will support the company to bring people together with a focus on belonging, connection and expression.
  • Gogi Dance Collective – an immersive dance and physical theatre company. Funding will support the development of a large-scale work, touring and schools initiatives, and the presentation of work locally.
  • Gold Coast Film Festival – bringing diverse Australian and International films, filmmakers and screen events to the Gold Coast. Funding will support the promotion and skills development of emerging local and Australian filmmakers.
  • Gold Coast Music Awards –an exciting and recognised industry awards event. Funding will support GCMA to review and strengthen its business model and expand its impact into sector professional development initiatives.
  • Relative Creative – an ever-evolving creative space for design, social innovation and cultural activity. Funding will support the introduction of a unique and industry leading Design Lab, incorporating a contemporary program of collaborations, workshops, exhibitions and forums.
  • Shock Therapy Productions – a growing independent, multidisciplinary performance company and local leader in the creation of innovative new work. Funding will support engagement of a creative producer amongst other initiatives.
  • Somerset Storyfest – a leading children’s literature festival that is growing to encompass the broader community. Funding will support a series of literary events writers’ festival, workshops and masterclasses.
  • The Farm – an award-winning collective of dance and theatre artists, creating innovative work through collaboration. Funding will support the company to grow its repertoire, expand touring opportunities.
  • The Walls Art Space – connecting people with current and experimental art on the Gold Coast. Funding will support organisational resilience, artists ‘in-residence’ opportunities, plus an annual program of curated exhibitions and events