Paws for thought this Christmas at The Arts Centre

Make sure you paws a while when next at The Arts Centre to see the festive Christmas Commission from local artist Dion Parker.

A regular competitor in the annual SWELL Sculpture Festival, Dion Parker is known for his life-size stylized ‘Lil Dusty’ red dog sculptures. The commission will feature a multitude of resin dog sculptures wearing Santa hats displayed in playful locations throughout the Precinct.

The works will be on display from early December through to the first week of January 2018.

The 2017 Christmas Commission marks the beginning of an annual tradition and a new era for The Arts Centre Gold Coast, and heralds the direction of the new Cultural Precinct.

A Very Dusty Christmas resin dogs in progress. PHOTO: Supplied by The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

These playful seasonal sculptures aim to create curiosity, but also to inspire and enrich the Gold Coast community in anticipation for Christmas and the New Year.

Winner of the SWELL Sculpture Festival People’s Choice Award in 2011, Dion Parker has also created trophies for the Gold Coast Music Awards in 2015 and 2016 and he recently debuted his first solo exhibition, I was Here, late last year at the Dust Temple in Currumbin.

“I’m thrilled to be working with The Arts Centre for the inaugural Christmas Commission.

“‘Lil Dusty’ has been popular with locals so we decided to make a whole bunch of them wearing Santa hats to help celebrate this festive season,” said Parker.

Artist Dion Parker with one of the specially created ‘Lil Dusty’ sculptures PHOTO: Supplied by The Arts Centre Gold Coast

In addition to the Christmas Commission, The Arts Centre will celebrate the season as host of the Gold Coast Arts Christmas Market on Saturday 16 December.

In partnership with BrisStyle, this event will showcase wares from more than 50 sellers from the Gold Coast and interstate, with products ranging from one of a kind jewellery to contemporary homewares. The market will also include free entertainment and a food precinct with a selection of the best pop-up stalls the Gold Coast has to offer.

Visitors to the market can create their own Dion Parker ‘Lil Dusty’ dog sculpture with the artist from 3pm – 6pm.

The Gold Coast Arts Christmas Market is a free event and will take place on Saturday, 16 December 2017 from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Evandale Parklands.