Gold Coast’s first ‘tunnel art gallery’ springs to life at Helensvale

TENS of thousands of people are expected to pass through the Gold Coast’s new Tunnel Art Gallery at Helensvale during the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The project, known as the Helensvale Tunnel Gallery, was officially opened on Wednesday and is regarded as being one of the most ambitious youth art projects ever undertaken on the Gold Coast.

Five artists from the City’s youth art and development program, Level Up, contributed to the gallery, as did Gold Coast artists Christian Salmon and Cathy Booth and students from A.B. Paterson College and Helensvale State High.


Acting Mayor Donna Gates said tens of thousands of visitors would use the thoroughfare during next year’s Games’.

“Amazing. That’s the only way to describe it,’’ Cr Gates said at today’s opening.

“The gallery is a testament to the exceptional young artists in our city. They should all feel very proud.

“The location was chosen as this is a major pedestrian transport corridor for locals.

“It will also be utilised by tens of thousands of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games visitors accessing transport services at Helensvale.”

Acting Mayor Donna Gates (right) officially opened the Tunnel Gallery on Wednesday | Source: Supplied

Cr Gates said the gallery will help minimise graffiti and preserve the area for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

Level Up engages emerging young artists transitioning from school, work, or tertiary studies to a career in the creative industries sector on the Gold Coast.

The program contributes to community development, cultural development and youth employment outcomes.

The 2017 Level Up program concludes tonight with an exhibition and celebration for the young artists aged 18-25 at The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

The 2017 artists activated retail space in Helensvale Plaza Shopping Centre that allowed them to showcase their work. Art pieces are available for sale at tonight’s Arts Centre event from 6pm.

The City has approved Level Up funding to allow 10 new artists to complete the program in 2018.