4 | The Arts Centre Gold Coast | Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan
Our Business The Arts Centre was first named ‘The Keith Hunt Community Entertainment and Arts Centre’ and known as ‘The Centre’. It was officially opened in December 1986 and is owned and managed by the Gold Coast City Council. In 1993, the Gold Coast City Council formed the Gold Coast Arts Centre Proprietary Company Limited as a separate legal entity. The purpose of this was to diversify funding income, deepen community engagement and increase marketplace flexibility. The Gold Coast City Council is the sole shareholder in the company and continues to provide the majority of funding. In 1996, The Arts Café was added to the complex, and in 2004 an extension was built, comprising a new cinema, two function rooms, and an administration area. As of March 2010, the Gold Coast Arts Centre was renamed, rebranded, refurbished and relaunched as The Arts Centre Gold Coast, as part of an ongoing change of strategic direction. The Arts Centre Gold Coast (TAGCC) is a registered trading name of Gold Coast Arts Centre Pty Ltd. Today, we are Gold Coast’s premier cultural facility bringing visual and performing arts to residents of South East Queensland. The Centre houses an Arts Theatre, Art Gallery, Paradise Showroom, two Cinemas, the Arts Café as well as several function rooms and two smaller performance spaces – The Basement and The Space.
Our Gallery houses the city collection of contemporary and historic artworks with a significant proportion being Aboriginal art. The Board of TACGC is the custodian of the art collection, valued at approximately $21.3 million and has management responsibility for the facilities valued at $13 million. We employ 45 permanent full time staff, 10 permanent part time staff including one part-time Aboriginal employee, 75 casuals and engage more than 200 artists in a paid capacity each year. Our artistic program consists of performing and visual arts initiatives that focus on supporting established and emerging artists while creating pathways that enable people from all walks of life to engage in cultural activity. Annually, more than 500,000 people attend 6,000 events held at TACGC across a variety of activity including theatre performances, art exhibitions, cinema screenings, education programs, free public events, workshops, artist talks and hospitality based events. L-R Virginia Rigney, Maureen Newton, Debra Witalik & Destry Puia Photo by Jo-Anne Driessens Artwork in background: Ningura Napurulla b. c1938 – d. 2013, Australia/WA – (Pintupi) Gift of Pat Corrigan AM under the cultural gifts program, 2012 Gold Coast City Gallery