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The Arts Centre Gold Coast Annual Report | 2014–2015


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Corporate Information

Gold Coast Arts Centre Pty Ltd The Arts Centre Gold Coast ABN 85 060 787 466 Registered Office 135 Bundall Road Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Postal Address PO Box 6615 Gold Coast Mail Centre QLD 9726 Contact Numbers p (07) 5588 4044 f (07) 5588 4092 e admin@theartscentregc.com.au w www.theartscentregc.com.au Auditor Queensland Audit Office Level 14 53 Albert Street Brisbane QLD 4000 Bank Paradise Point Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank 42 The Esplanade Paradise Point QLD 4216

Front and Back Cover Photo Credit: Samuel Lindsay


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Contents

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Chairman’s Report

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General Manager’s Report

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In the Spotlight

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Strategic Plan 2014-2018

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Strategic Outcome 1 – Our community are engaged in precinct life

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Strategic Outcome 2 – We are growing the creative economy

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Strategic Outcome 3 – We are the home of artistic excellence

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Strategic Outcome 4 – We are planning for the future

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Strategic Outcome 5 – We are realising our economic potential

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Our Organisation

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Acquisitions

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Highlights

LOOK OUT FOR THIS ICON This symbol appears beside projects and activities that have been supported by our generous Benefactors.


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Chairman’s Report

No two years are ever the same at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, but our commitment to providing opportunities for people to come together in cultural celebration is the theme upon which we build all things. Never before has this theme resonated with as many people as it has over the past 12 months. We have experienced unprecedented growth in the last year with over 710,000 people from near and far engaging with life at The Arts Centre. This represents a 59% increase in comparison to the previous year and further evidences the growing cultural appetite of local audiences, as well as our increasing capacity as a viable cultural market for national and international promoters, producers and artists. Driving this growth were attendances to main stage performances which surpassed all expectations by quadrupling in comparison to the previous year. What is more astonishing than the growth itself is the fact that more of our traditional theatre subscribers are branching out from the comfortable confines of the Arts Theatre and migrating into the adventurous, local artistic offerings delivered in The Space. This explorative behaviour is a nod to the increasing quality of local work being made right here on the Gold Coast and the growing levels of trust that our audience places in our ability to deliver unforgettable theatrical experiences. Not to be upstaged, our cinema program also put in a strong showing by being awarded the Australian Independent Distributors Association’s Best Regional Cinema award and setting a new annual attendance record with more than 182,000 people choosing to have their cinema experience with The Arts Centre. This growth of 34% follows on from five preceding years of back-to-back increases and was a key determining factor in our push to see the Gold Coast Film Festival held here in April 2015. The coming together of these two key organisations proved to be a successful initiative with the festival also experiencing record growth. Gold Coast City Gallery once again delivered an outstanding mix of programs, balancing our desire to share the City’s ever increasing collection alongside a commitment to supporting local artists and presenting our key annual art prizes throughout the year. The growing popularity of the AFTER DARK program and the education-based activities were critical success factors in broadening our audience reach and increasing the reputation of our $24 million art collection. During the year, we were pleased to see Council sign off on the funding plan for the first stage of Cultural Precinct works which ensures that the construction of the new transitional gallery, versatile outdoor space and new public areas will be completed in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. This important development will provide locals and visitors alike with new ways to engage with the arts for generations to come.

This all bodes well for a city fast approaching the hosting responsibilities of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The vibrancy witnessed during the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games clearly highlighted the pivotal role that a strong sense of community plays in not only ensuring the Games’ success, but repositioning the host city in the eyes of the world. The hands that have been entrusted to guide The Arts Centre towards our 2018 destination are as numerous as they are talented and it is through their collective efforts that the last year has been one of our most successful. Mayor Tom Tate and his fellow Councillors continue to support our ambition of evolving from a single facility-based organisation to one that has a precinct-wide focus and I thank City of Gold Coast for its continued commitment to this vision. I would like to thank the tremendous ongoing support of our Benefactors and pass on my congratulations to our Life Benefactors Dr Patrick Corrigan AM and Win Schubert AO who were both recognised as Queensland Legends by the State Government and received the Key to the City from Mayor Tom Tate earlier this year. I would also like to acknowledge the valuable support of The Friends of The Arts Centre Gold Coast who were instrumental in making our current Centre a reality almost 30 years ago and will be equally important in bringing our new Cultural Precinct into reality. I have enjoyed working alongside former President Tim Cole during his term and have witnessed firsthand how hard he and his fellow Board members work in supporting the growth of the arts on the Gold Coast. I also extend a warm welcome to new President David Huddy and I look forward to supporting him in this key role. The dedicated volunteers and staff of The Arts Centre continue to apply themselves with a level of commitment that belies the amount of hours that are available in a single day, week, month or year. I extend my sincere thanks to General Manager Destry Puia and his team for their efforts and passion in achieving the objectives of the organisation. In closing, I would like to thank my fellow Board members who represent an impressive breadth and depth of professional experience. These combined efforts have been a key component in The Arts Centre achieving new heights of success over the past year and have allowed us to set fresh milestones as we look to exciting possibilities on the horizon. Thank you one and all.

Kerry Watson Chairman of the Board of Directors


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General Manager’s Report

In a year that saw Council confirm its financial support for the first stage of the Cultural Precinct project, it’s serendipitous that we also launched the inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan, which documents a commitment to strengthening ties with our local Indigenous community. Recognition and affirmation of Yugambeh’s role as traditional land-owners provides the perfect reference point as we set out on our journey towards what is set to be a defining year in 2018. Gathering new segments of the community to share this journey was perhaps best demonstrated with two key new initiatives that launched during the year. The first was the Gold and Greenstone exhibition, which brought local families together to immerse themselves in Maori culture. The exhibition was timed around Matariki in June, being the traditional Maori start to the New Year. An extensive Cultural Saturday public program was a key part of the exhibition program and featured a weaving circle, Maori weaponry, kapa haka performances, a fashion parade and a community hangi. The launch of Glitter Festival marked another key creative milestone and publicly announced our desire to recognise and celebrate the contribution that our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community have made to the Gold Coast. Whilst the festival itself is not due to take place until October 2015, the build up to the event has been occurring throughout the year. The official launch commenced in March 2015, followed by a series of regular Glitter Festival themed events throughout the year. Our relationship with the city’s key festivals was further strengthened through the delivery of collaborative programs and events. This was best demonstrated through the relocation of the Gold Coast Film Festival to The Arts Centre. This move enabled both organisations to support each other in growing film attendances and resulted in the festival achieving record growth. Similar creative success was also achieved for GLOW and Bleach* festival, with both festivals maximising the stunning external surrounds of the precinct. The task of keeping the theatre active was embraced by companies such as Queensland Ballet, Sydney Dance Company, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Queensland Theatre Company and Taikoz who all played their respective parts in achieving record growth in main stage attendances. Local performers were also a significant part of this success with our criticallyacclaimed presentation of Miss Saigon, which showcased the incredible local talent both on and off stage.

This audience-based experience is equally being matched by a participation-based offering which resulted in The Arts Centre delivering more free performances and programs than ever before. Visitors were treated to multicultural performances, storytelling, salsa and tango dance classes, acoustic acts, art classes and silent film screenings which were all part of the regular visitor-going experience throughout the year. This ‘DIY’ arts programming provides a small sample of what life could be like in a future Cultural Precinct, bursting with creative experiences in new spaces. Supporting these cultural endeavours is a growing chorus of corporate sponsors who recognise the creative wealth of the Gold Coast and invested more heavily in the nurturing of this talent. This financial support, along with that received from our Benefactors, meant that we were able to deliver more free cultural experiences than ever before. My thanks to Chairman Kerry Watson, his fellow Board members and the entire team of The Arts Centre for their belief in what we do. The physical construction of the new Cultural Precinct may not have commenced as yet, but the creative foundations upon which this structure will be built are well and truly in place.

Destry Puia General Manager


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In the Spotlight During the 2014/2015 financial year, The Arts Centre Gold Coast was pleased to accept a number of awards, curate a national and international touring exhibition and publish various essays.

Awards

Best Regional Cinema in Australia for 2014 Awarded at the 69th Australian International Movie Convention, attended by delegates from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the United States and Europe at Jupiter’s Casino on 13 October 2014 for the AIDA (Australian Independent Distributors Association) Trailer Presentation and Award Ceremony and accepted by Cinema Supervisor, Mika Mantykivi, on behalf of The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Exhibitions on tour

The Saltwater Country exhibition, which had been developed and curated in-house in partnership between Gold Coast City Gallery and Museums and Galleries Queensland, went on an international tour at the Australian Embassy in Washington where it was viewed by over 8,000 guests. The exhibition moved to The Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art in Utrecht in The Netherlands, where it was on show for four months and very warmly received. Saltwater Country is now touring throughout Australia.

The AIDA awards serve as a timely reminder that atmosphere, service and a genuine passion for all styles and genres of cinema are essential to a first rate movie-going experience.

Photo credit: Virginia Rigney

Cinema Supervisor Mika Mantykivi with AIDA host, Robert Slaviero and guest

Restaurant Industry Support GC Association Restaurant Industry Peer to Peer Awards 2015 Best Function Venue Winner as voted by Gold Coast industry peers

Winner: Museums Australia Multimedia Art and Design Awards MAPDA Exhibition Branding Fibro Coast.

Byron Coathup and Senior Curator Virginia Rigney at the MAPDA Award ceremony. National Maritime Museum, Sydney.

Highly Commended: Museums Australia Museums and Galleries National Awards MAGNA Indigenous Project The South Stradbroke Island Artist Camp

Publications

Edwin Bode: Pioneering artist of Gold Coast Hinterland region Exhibition at Gold Coast City Gallery: 21 June - 27 July 2014 and The Centre Beaudesert, Scenic Rim: 19 September – 13 December 2014 Essays by Virginia Rigney and Emma Collerton. Design Artwork Agency. Printed by Fast Proof Press Gold Coast. ISBN 978-0-9871415-6-9

An exhibition developed by Gold Coast City Gallery with the assistance of families of the Gold Coast Hinterland Region and the Canungra Historical Society.

Supported by Scenic Rim Regional Council Regional Art Development Fund


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Cutback: Surfing Through Art Exhibition at Gold Coast City Gallery: 14 February – 22 March 2015 Essays by Virginia Rigney and Emma Collerton. Designed by Byron Coathup @ Studio Byronc Printed by Fast Proof Press Gold Coast ISBN 978-0-9871415-7-6 An exhibition developed by Gold Coast City Gallery with the assistance of our Benefactor Program, Gordon Darling Foundation, Fast Proof Press and Bleach* Jnr.

Prizing Diversity The Josephine Ulrick Prizes 1998 – 2014 A landmark publication featuring the history of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Prizes for Literature, Poetry and Photography. Essays by Nigel Krauth and Virginia Rigney, Frank Moorhouse, Aliasdair Foster, Margie Cronin Published by Thames and Hudson. Supported by The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts.

Saltwater Country Exhibition at Gold Coast City Gallery June – August 2014 Featuring the work of: Vernon Ah Kee, Daniel Boyd, Michael Cook, Megan Cope, Erub Erwer Meta, Fiona Foley, Rosella Namok, Mavis Ngallametta, Laurie Nilsen, Napolean Oui, Ryan Presley, Brian Robinson, Ken Thaiday, Alick Tipoti, Ian Waldron, Judy Watson Essays by Co-Curators Michael Aird and Virginia Rigney. Design by Volt Design. Printed by Salsbury Productions An exhibition developed in partnership between Gold Coast City Gallery and Museums and Galleries Queensland. Supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory governments, assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. This project received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts program. Gold Coast Presenting Partner Gold Coast Waterways Authority.

The South Stradbroke Island Emerging Artist Camp Exhibition at Gold Coast City Gallery June – August 2014 Featuring the work of Glennys Briggs, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Megan Cope, Theresa Davern, Katina Davidson, Amanda Hayman, Madeline Hodge, Debbie Presley, Craig Tapp, Judy Watson Essay by Jo-Anne Driessens. Design by Michael Aird. An initiative developed in partnership between Gold Coast City Gallery and City of Gold Coast and presented with the support of Gold Coast Waterways Authority.


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Strategic Plan 2014-2018

Vision

We will be the cultural heart of the Gold Coast inspiring people through creative partnerships, engaging experiences and celebrations of our identity and world around us.

Mission

We will entertain, inspire, inform and evoke passion for the arts by delivering quality programming, superior service and stimulating experiences.

Values • Our core business is the arts We are an arts organisation first and foremost and an arts organisation for all. • We accept our civic responsibilities We will use our creativity to bring people together. •

Serving our community and artists are equally important We will embrace diversity as a way of celebrating our distinct lifestyle.

We will be adventurous and accountable We will seek new ideas and push our limits while accepting the outcomes from our decisions and learning from our failures.

We recognise that our resources are precious and finite We will exercise financial prudence and continually look for collaborative partnerships that enable us to achieve more.

Our Goals

• Our community are engaged in precinct life • We are growing the creative economy • We are the home of artistic excellence • We are planning for the future • We are realising our economic potential

A unique and professional facility, proudly and readily supporting both its local and wider community artistic diversity. Proud to live on the Gold Coast with such a generous and progressive cultural development shared so freely amongst all citizens, visitors and tourists alike. 2015 Survey Respondent

‘I ’ve just recently moved to the Gold Coast and am very impressed with the Centre and the variety of entertainment and activities on offer thank you! 2015 Survey Respondent

‘Keep up the good work. You’re a great asset to the Gold Coast. 2015 Survey Respondent

The Arts Centre Gold Coast is getting better with every passing year keep it going! 2015 Survey Respondent


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Thank you for offering such a wonderful service in this area. As a local, it is amazing to have a place that offers so many different services on our doorstep. We often take a stroll to The Arts Centre of an afternoon for a coffee, at night to take in a show or a movie, and I live for my Monday morning training sessions around Evandale Lake. 2015 Survey Respondent

I'm super excited that The Arts Centre keep bringing new and fresh shows and ideas to the Gold Coast and are supporting and expanding the arts industry in our city! 2015 Survey Respondents


OUR COMMUNITY ARE ENGAGED IN PRECINCT LIFE


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Our Community

Statistics

The 2014-2015 year saw an increase in visitation figures from 446,043 last year to 711,163. The significant increase in numbers is due to the commencement of recording visitors to the surrounding grounds of The Arts Centre Gold Coast, referred to as the Cultural Precinct, as well as on-stage performers and attendances to expos held on-site by external parties. Over 38,000 people have attended various events and festivals held both inside and outside our walls with over 76,000 performers gracing our main stage. This included school performers in Eisteddfods and numerous dancers during their end-of-year concerts.

Broad audiences

We continued to deliver an outstanding suite of product for Gold Coast audiences interested in various forms of theatre and music, including both contemporary and traditional art forms on our main stage, independent theatre, daytime and The Basement programming. Over the past 12 months, there was something for everyone, both young and old, from children’s entertainment such as Dora the Explorer and Wombat Stew, through to Opera Queensland’s La Boheme which featured a local community choir of 40 participants aging from eight to 63. We presented the one-off production Swing on This, Queensland Ballet’s Cinderella and Coppelia, Queensland Theatre Company’s Kelly and Boston Marriage, the Gothic fairytale for grown-ups The Harbinger and our own successful musical production Miss Saigon. Queensland Symphony Orchestra also graced our stage with the magical classic music performance Movie Masterpieces. We have even had over 100 a cappella singers gather for a performance like no other – Pitch Perfect style!

Free programs

Local audiences continued to grow and more people participated in our programs whether they be paid or for free. Increased investment by The Arts Centre Gold Coast has allowed more than 10,000 people to participate and enjoy a program of free performances, workshops and activities. Our Arts Terrace has been fast developing as an entertainment hot spot with small and large-scale projects being mounted. Audiences supported free activations in music and dance in programs like Jazz Lounge, Salsa on the Terrace, Tango on the Terrace and Beach Blues. Local and Aboriginal artists were engaged to support public programming for both gallery exhibition content as well as performing arts pre-show entertainment. We continue to grow our contacts and enhance our relationships with community as we unearth emerging artists and performers.

Music lovers

In its second year, Fiesta de la Musica was an important program in the calendar. With a focus on fine music, the program proved to be highly successful with participants enjoying free gallery concerts and masterclasses. The community choir Sing Out Loud conducted by Opera Queensland made a huge impact on the success of Fiesta De La Musica with 48 local participants. Fiesta De La Musica continues to strike a chord with audiences, with 5,134 people participating or attending performances as part of the festival.


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Our Community

Live Music / Comedy Festivals

The Arts Centre Gold Coast also played host to live music acts, attracting national musical artists such as Angus and Julie Stone, Vance Joy, Missy Higgins, Wes Carr, Dan Sultan and Boy & Bear, as well as the nationally-acclaimed Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow and the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase.

Special Events

We celebrated many milestones many milestones and special moments with our community, including hosting the Australian Citizenship ceremonies, Australia Day, National Reconciliation Week, NAIDOC week, Melbourne Cup and we participated in the many and varied festivals held on its grounds such as the French Festival, the Multicultural Festival and Bleach*.

Inclusive

Our Neighbours

For the first time, we held a Neighbour Day event on the Cultural Precinct grounds beside the Evandale Lake. Neighbour Day is a national celebration of community held every year on the last Sunday in March. National Neighbour Day was a great opportunity for The Arts Centre to throw open its doors and welcome its neighbours in to see what goes on behind the scenes, but also to talk about the Centre’s future plans and the Cultural Precinct development.

Commemorative Programs

We marked the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli landing via a number of arts experiences that honoured this special milestone such as the emotive play, The One Day of the Year, a wartime music tribute We’ll Meet Again and a War and Peace exhibition in the Gallery. Michael Veitch also delivered a moving one-man performance of FLAK! True Stories From the Men Who Flew in World War II.

We are excited about celebrating our LGBTIQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and allies) community at the Glitter Festival to be held in October, which will deliver cabaret, theatre, film, race day, fun run, fair day and art during the all-encompassing, inclusive community event.

People with disability

Foundations for the offering of a disability-inclusive dance program in partnership with Dance Integrated Australia early next year have firmly been established. This type of program aims to shine a light on the impact of the exclusion, isolation and self-esteem experienced by people with disability. The intention is to chip away at the barriers between people with and without disability, bringing both together in a program of No Difference.


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Cultural Engagement

The Arts Centre Gold Coast has developed new types of public programming to connect residents directly and actively with creative practice and local culture. With the support of Gold Coast Waterways Authority, the Gallery was able to offer an extended Family Saturdays program in conjunction with the Saltwater Country exhibition, and engaged ‘Aunty’ Maureen Newton and local artists to facilitate a knowledge exchange program about local Indigenous cultural and creative practices. Our Gold and Greenstone exhibition explored the stories and creative practices of New Zealand Maori living on the Gold Coast and looked at points of engagement and overlap of cultures colliding and intertwining where ‘greenstones’ wash up on golden shores. The Cultural Saturdays program to complement the Gold and Greenstone exhibition brought local families together to immerse in Maori culture. Our local Maori community has engaged extensively with the Precinct during this exhibition through the various public programs presented in the Gallery as well as outdoors on the Arts Terrace. Highlights include a weaving circle, weaponry demonstration, kapa haka performances, a hangi and a fashion parade. In addition, New Zealand’s first Pacific Island musical, The Factory, was presented at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in July 2014. This musical theatre gem paid tribute to the courage of the Pacific peoples who migrated to New Zealand during the 1970s, and was well-attended and appreciated by the local New Zealander community.

This is something out of the ordinary, being involved in Community project that had such a positive media outcome. Many ordinarily do not go out at night so this was a great and nicely exhausting experience. Watershed Project Participant

Community groups

New support for GLOW 2015 enabled us to build an arts project with 12 different community groups stretching from Kirra to Upper Coomera. The Watershed project saw the creation of a suite of floating lanterns made by over 150 participants within their own facility over March and April and then launched on the lake on the evening of Saturday 15 April, 2015. Facilitated by a team of artists and community arts workers the project invited them to make a creative response to the future potential of the Cultural Precinct.

GLOW itself represented a major new element of programming that is now presented at the Cultural Precinct with an estimated 10,000 people enjoying a balmy evening of dazzling lights, digital art installations, music and food set around the perfect aquatic platform of the Evandale Lake.


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Cultural Engagement

Art after hours

The Arts Centre Gold Coast prides itself on providing patrons with opportunities to participate in a wide range of events and programming, which may see our visitors participate in many events all in the one day or night! Gallery AFTER DARK events are a social and engaging way to experience Gallery exhibitions after hours. Visitors might drop into the Gallery on their way home from work, meet friends for a drink or a meal at our Arts CafĂŠ and then stay for our evening program of talks, music and art before heading to a movie or a show in The Basement or Arts Theatre.

Total patrons

This last year has seen an increase in our patron database, which now totals over 34,900 (an increase of 4% from last year) as well as more than 5,500 signing up for cinema memberships and 175 purchasing season packages.

The Arts Centre Gold Coast puts on first rate theatre, including comedy. 2015 Survey Respondent

I just wanted to drop Arts Centre management and staff a quick line to share how much my wife, myself and our guests enjoyed Kelly on Friday night. The performances were brilliant, the set simple yet captivating and the story very thought provoking. I also want to commend the arts Centre for breathing life into the Terrace area. That space has always been a sterile void, but since you've decided having pre and post event entertainment out there, the whole centre feels more alive and inviting. The bush band playing out there on Sat night had a big group of teens up and square dancing. They were having an absolute ball. So good to see young kids having good, clean simple fun. It's a shame the media don't catch them like this as much as they catch the ones drinking and misbehaving. But I digress. We were also delighted that the cafe was still open when the show concluded, so we could enjoy some supper and a nightcap before heading home. Another great night at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Thank you. We were back the next day for the David Lynch Master Class which was also a great experience. Keep up the great work :-) Peter & Cheryl Wheeler


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Engagement Via Education Education plays an important role at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. We consult with the wider Gold Coast education community to deliver a quality program of children’s entertainment, education community programs and workshops, and youth entertainment for teens and young adults.

Industry guidance

The Education Reference Committee is made up of education representatives of schools from state, independent and Catholic sectors. Including primary, secondary, drama, music and visual art teachers, coordinators and school leaders, the Committee provides guidance and feedback to The Arts Centre regarding the provision of a rich and varied education program. Engaging with the professional sector in this way ensures that we are meeting the needs of this community and ensuring their continued and growing engagement with the Centre.

Educator events

Over 260 educators visited the Centre to participate in various workshops, enriching their knowledge and skills in the arts and being inspired to pass their learnings onto their students. Teacher events also provided a valuable networking opportunity for teachers.

Subsidised bus travel

The Jock and Beverly McIlwain Arts Bus Fund has subsidised 24 buses this year, to assist both schools and students to meet the cost of excursions. Transporting 1,656 students to our Centre, there was a significant increase from 745 students travelling on subsided buses last year. This year, we received our biggest ever school group booking for 200 students and 15 teachers from one local school to attend our daytime performance of Wombat Stew in August 2014. This school had never been able to attend a show at the Centre before due to the cost. These children are our future and we are enormously grateful for Jock and Beverly for helping us make this excursion possible. More than 1,300 students came to see Wombat Stew, which is more than the total number of students that came to the theatre and gallery combined in 2012. Other shows attended by primary school groups were Marlin, Carnival of the Animals and I am Jack.

Increase in attendance

Over the course of the 2014/2015 financial year, attendances by children, youth, schools and families increased significantly. During the summer school holidays, the Summer Series attracted over 1,850 participants to the Centre in a program of free and paid performances, workshops and professional development opportunities. The Gallery hosted Young Artist Immersion Days, including Photo Fanatics, whilst performing arts delivered dance, drama, vocal and musical workshops which cemented the Centre’s position as a hub for youth engagement and participation in city life. The Arts Centre will continue to develop creative and engaging activations for young people on the Gold Coast.

Photo credit: Samuel Lindsay

Supporting curriculum

We continue to encourage schools to bring their students to the theatre to enjoy shows relevant to their school curriculum such as Ruby Moon, The Harbinger and Kelly. This year saw a 250% increase in the number of students visiting The Arts Centre Gold Coast with this year’s attendances totalling 19,610 compared to last year’s attendance of 5,532. The opportunity for students to participate in young artist development programs such as immersion days often leads to children following their dreams to become performing and visual artists. One student who attended the Indigenous Student Immersion Day now wants to become an art teacher.

Thank you for hosting such a wonderful free school holiday program for our local kids, it really did inspire them!! Parent of Summer Series Participants Photo credit: Louis Lim. Photo Fun 2015


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Engagement Via Education

Industry training for dance students

This year also saw an increase in dance school group bookings due to our Education Officer’s continued liaison with local dance schools and their access to discounted student group prices. Many students participated in various professional dancing workshops, gaining rare opportunities to work with industry leaders, such as Queensland Ballet.

My daughter Savanna was very inspired by the whole day and now wants to become a ballerina!

Library events

This year has seen The Arts Centre Gold Coast venture further afield to engage the community with the arts. Staff attended storytelling events at local Council libraries to connect a character to one of our shows (e.g. a circus character for Carnival of The Animals and a ballerina to promote Coppelia). The characters read books and then the children could ask questions and go in the draw to win tickets to the performance. With the help of prior promotion before each story telling, we saw huge numbers attend which was positive for the Centre, the library and the community as a whole. Helensvale, Robina and Upper Coomera libraries have all taken part in the initiative, with up to 55 children and 35 adults attending per reading.

She enjoyed the ballet immensely and came away from the class with more dance style and enthusiasm for ballet. She also loved watching the rehearsals and learnt a lot from watching. It is a wonderful way to immerse oneself in the arts. The price was reasonable and the only way I could get my daughter in to see this "sold out" ballet (Cinderella). I saw the ballet myself the night before and loved the whole production. It was wonderful also to see so many little ones there. It is so important to educate the next generation in the "arts". Many, many thanks, Corina and Savanna Back to the Barre Professional Workshop with Queensland Ballet Corina Burgess Corina School of Dance principal (20 years) RAD Ballet Teacher at Somerset College Part-time dance teacher and choreographer at Robina High School

Photo credit: Samuel Lindsay

We hope to continue to inspire people of all ages through engagement of cultural and educational experiences here at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, and into the future with the development of the Cultural Precinct.

It was a wonderful experience for us (Year 12 Tourism Excursion – Marymount College). The dynamics of time, place and your extraordinary staff made this visit so engaging and memorable. Please do pass on our sincere thanks to all staff involved with our visit… Once again, our sincere thanks for a most professional and genuine staff – student interaction I have seen for a long time! Irene Scott Assistant Co-ordinator at Marymount College


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Engagement through Sponsorship and Philanthropy

The Centre was very fortunate to acquire over $150,000 of financial support through corporate partners. This is a wonderful demonstration of the participation of corporate business in precinct life. Furthermore, the loyal Benefactors of the Centre continued to show their remarkable support with annual gifts totalling more than $180,000. This support is vital for the delivery of arts programming throughout the precinct. These supporters were welcomed to a variety of special events throughout the year, both in recognition of their support and in order to cultivate new interest. These events included the opening night of Boston Marriage, a breakfast with the cast of Swing On This, a family event at Carnival of the Animals and even an exclusive visit to one of first rehearsals of Miss Saigon. The Centre is particularly grateful for the support of The Friends of The Arts Centre Gold Coast and in particular their advocacy in moving towards the Cultural Precinct.

Cast and creatives for the The New Black with Catherine O’Sullivan (Bond University), Destry Puia and Brad Rush Photo credit: Roman Summers

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a.) The cast of Miss Saigon; special guests at a Benefactor event. Photo credit: Roman Summers b.) Sharon Solyma and Trish Hogan c.) Brent Martens and Chantelle Vlastuin d.) Benefactors enjoying breakfast with the cast of Swing On This. Photo credit: Roman Summers e.) The cast of Swing On This. Photo credit: Roman Summers f.) Benefactors Sandi Fueloep, Barbara Midwood and Carole Crowther with Costume Designer/Wardrobe Manager of Miss Saigon,

Jean Marashlian (2nd from right)

g.) Children enjoying Carnival of the Animals post-show meet and greet at a special supporter event. Photo credit: Michelle Macwhirter h.) Cr Glenn Tozer and Melissa Tozer with Benefactors Jill and Ray James


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Cinema The Arts Cinema continued to screen something for everyone from arthouse and foreign films to documentaries in a wide range of genres.

National Theatre Live

The cinema screened Royal National Theatre’s groundbreaking National Theatre Live initiative, which broadcasts the best of British stage productions to cinemas and arts centres across the world. This year saw Andre Rieu in full concert mode and The Vatican Museums presented in our cinemas in special screening events.

Access to film makers

We invited actors, directors and producers to engage with our audiences during special post-screening question and answer sessions, such as Our Man in Tehran and That Sugar Film. Former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor visited the Centre with an engaging discussion of international political events, past and present, as a part of the Our Man in Tehran special screening. The documentary is an in-depth, intimate exploration of the true story behind Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning film Argo and Ken Taylor’s personal role as Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, who hid the six Americans in his official residence and obtained the counterfeit documents that allowed them to make their dramatic escape. His intimate knowledge of the situation separated Hollywood fact from fiction, adding a valuable context and historical overview to the difficulties in Iran then and now.

Great to see arty movies you can’ t find at other theatres. 2015 Survey respondent

That Sugar Film is a documentary of one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. Director and star Damon Gameau visited the Centre with a panel of health experts to discuss issues outlined in the documentary, giving audiences an opportunity to have their questions answered and to empower the Gold Coast community on health issues through education and awareness. Initially only intended to screen for three sessions, That Sugar Film screened for three months and The Arts Centre Gold Coast was the fourth highest performing site nationally.

Highest-grossing films

The top-grossing film during this financial year was The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel followed by Woman in Gold and The Imitation Game. This year’s most popular National Theatre Live show was Skylight, starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, about how one bitterly cold London evening, schoolteacher Kyra Hollis (Carey Mulligan) receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, Tom Sergeant (Bill Nighy), a successful and charismatic restaurateur whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires.

Have loved and recommended cinema from the beginning - service, comfort and of course, the quality of movies. 2015 Survey respondent


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Cinema The Arts Cinema attracted over 182,000 patrons during the 2014-2015 financial year, with a stellar range of arthouse, foreign and mainstream film programming, outstanding services, special film screenings and live theatre broadcasts.

Special events

Gold Coast Film Festival

Accessibility

The Festival saw 55 feature and 30 short film screenings, special events and industry sessions held over 10 days at venues all over the Gold Coast, including here at our Centre. Gold Coast Film Festival 2015 provided a diverse content of national and international films, from critically-acclaimed feature and foreign language films, to genre classics and locally-produced indie gems and documentaries.

Each year, The Arts Centre hosts unique screening events for special days such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. In addition to the movie screenings and special events, the Arts Cinema hosts a free Movie Review Club on the fourth Wednesday of each month which is a great opportunity for like-minded people to meet for an interactive discussion about the selected film with a forum of academics. The Arts Centre also offers a 10% discount on meal options at the café when movie lovers show their movie ticket.

The Arts Centre is committed to improving access and opportunities for all cinema guests including people with disability by removing barriers that may prevent, inhibit or restrict their experience. The cinema has been outfitted with the latest Closed Caption technology and devices so viewers can privately read what cannot be heard or alternatively patrons can hear what they may have difficulty seeing via spoken commentary.

The decision by the Gold Coast Film Festival (GFFF) to base their event at The Arts Centre Gold Coast in 2015 ensured the Festival’s most successful year to date. Entertaining and inspiring over 12,600 people, the 2015 GFFF reached its targeted growth increase of 20% and increased film attendance by an incredible 178% on 2014 figures.

The art of filmmaking was celebrated through question and answer sessions with various directors, actors, producers and writers, who reflected on their influences and experiences within the creative process. This was supported by a series of free seminars and workshops that educated, inspired and embraced the Gold Coast as a filmmaking destination. We were only too happy to work with the Festival to host its Movie Trivia Night, making our Centre a true festival destination to bring movie lovers together to share their love of film.

Audio and Headset for Closed Captions.

Our cinema of choice - comfy seats and the add-on is that we can also visit the galleries before or after. ‘ Popcorn is good.’ 2015 Survey respondent

The BEST place on the coast to see movies! 2015 Survey respondent


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Engagement via Visual Arts The Arts Centre Gold Coast strives to engage the community with visual arts via a variety of mediums.

Exhibitions during the 2014/2015 year have included: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Edwin Bode: Pioneering Artist of the Gold Coast Hinterland Region Saltwater Country including The Saltwater Country Project South Stradbroke Island Artist Camp Chris Langlois: Points in Time 29th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award Energies 2014 Hands of Hope MetaTransparent: Watercolour in Queensland 1850s – 1980s Gold Coast Art Prize Cool, Calm and Collected Recent Acquisitions from the Collection Misanthropology: The World Art of Adam Rish Cutback: Surfing Through Art The Art of Toast: Seabastion Toast Surface/Control: Jason Haggerty 2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award War and Peace East Coast Encounter Gold and Greenstone

Artist workshops

Guest artist workshops are an important way for local practitioners to develop their skills in a range of media and techniques. Workshops are mostly presented in our education space, The Studio, in the Gallery and outdoors in the precinct to take in the beautiful Gold Coast backdrop. Workshops have been conducted by leading Australia artists including Prudence Flint, Chris Langlois, Merran Esson, Euan Macleod and Bianca Beetson.

Photo credit: Jo-Anne Driessens

Family art activities

Drop-in art activities for families regularly feature in the Gallery in conjunction with major exhibitions. Designed to engage young artists more deeply with the works on display, this participation provides a vital framework for lifelong engagement with visual arts and brings young families to the precinct time and time again.

Adam Rish - AFTER DARK. Photo credit: Jo-Anne Driessens

Photo credit: Samuel Lindsay


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Engagement via Visual Arts

Artist talks

A signature keynote talks program has cemented the Gallery as the focal point for visual arts on the Gold Coast. High profile, internationally-recognised artists including Shaun Gladwell, David Stephenson, Mavis Ngallametta and David Lynch (via live link) have delivered presentations to inspire artistic excellence in our local community. Mavis met with young Indigenous teens from the Yallburra Black and Deadly group and Shaun spoke in depth about creating his series The Flying Dutchman. The community are also engaged via the AFTER DARK program.

William McKinnon, Tim Baker, Chris Bennie and Nanda Ormond. Cutback: Surfing Through Art - AFTER DARK. Photo credit: Virginia Rigney

Digitising the Collection

We are also working on digitising our Collection, which involves all Collection pieces being professionally photographed, catalogued and tagged so the community can access our Collection online. This project has commenced with the majority of the Collection being ready for online access in the latter half of next year. The project will be ongoing as each new piece makes its way into the City’s Collection.

Photo credit: Jodi Ferrari


WE ARE GROWING THE CREATIVE ECONOMY


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Nurturing local talent Through a variety of packages and programs, The Arts Centre Gold Coast continues to nurture the emerging local performing arts sector. Through residency programs and artists-in-residence initiatives, The Arts Centre plays a vital role in the development of local practice.

Local theatre-makers

Integrated into the initiatives is the opportunity to present in our Independent Season. We encourage emerging and established independent theatre-makers from the Gold Coast and surrounding regions including Brisbane and beyond to apply to produce their works in our black box theatre during our Independent Season. Successful applicants are given professional and mentoring support to make their dreams into a reality. This year saw a number of productions including Ruby Moon, Hotel Beche de Mer and Mercy Thieves. We also offered a number of Works-in-Progress opportunities to local theatre-makers. Participants could utilise The Space to develop a theatrical work without a public performance. The Works-in-Progress program provided a small grant for professional mentor to be engaged to assist in developing the work.

Emerging young talent

The Arts Centre Gold Coast held auditions to search for talented young tap dancers to be a part of the all-star show Swing On This in March 2015. After being put through their paces by former Tap Dog (and choreographer of Swing On This), Christopher Horsey and We Will Rock You star (and co–producer of Swing On This Michael Falzon, four out of 17 young hopefuls were chosen as the successful young tappers who joined some of Australia’s leading talents on stage for a one night only performance in the Arts Theatre. The boys aged 10 to 13 will most certainly never forget this opportunity which saw them choreographed and mentored by one of the leading dancers and choreographers in the country. The Arts Centre continues to lead the way in professional development for local artists and creating performance pathways for emerging young talent.

Swing on This. Photo credit: Scott Belzner

The Arts Centre Gold Coast continues to support the development of local theatre practitioners particularly via programs such as the Independent Season and The Greenroom Project.

Performing artist employment

The Arts Centre Gold Coast is also a significant employer of local creatives and performing artists. During 2014/2015, over 220 local performing artists and creatives – ranging from musicians, actors, directors, designers, dancers, writers, tutors, technicians, set builders and sewers just to name a few - have been engaged in professional work for productions such as Miss Saigon as well as pre-show entertainment on The Terrace such as Salsa on The Terrace.

Internships for arts workers

Miss Saigon presented three young sound and lighting enthusiasts with the perfect opportunity to learn more about their passion via internships. Our marketing department also mentored a Griffith University student over a period of 10 weeks to assist in all aspects of marketing and to develop media and public relations-related experiences.


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Nurturing local talent

Visual artist employment

Local and community visual artists are regularly engaged to work with Gallery staff to deliver art programs for families, professional development for teachers and document Gallery activity such as opening events and public programs. During 2014/2015, almost 20 visual artists were engaged to support Gallery programming.

Professional development for arts educators

Education also plays a vital role in growing the creative economy. Our Professional Development program endeavours to address school and educator needs in arts education, provide opportunities for local artists to be gainfully employed to lead such workshops and create mentoring opportunities. By developing teachers’ abilities to share artistic knowledge and skills, and celebrate the arts with their students, we are enriching the arts education of the next generation of Gold Coast arts enthusiasts.

Experience for young artists

A number of local schools showcase their musicals on our stage as well as their visual art pieces during the annual Energies exhibition. These experiences alone provide tangible opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in the arts to get a feel for where their passion can lead them. Each year, the art gallery also exhibits the works of graduates from the Queensland College of Art based at the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University.

Supporting employment

Gallery public programming has seen an increase in complementary music programs including live performances and curated DJ programs. Emerging local and community musicians are provided with short showcase ‘gigs’ in the Gallery or on the Arts Terrace as part of AFTER DARK and exhibition opening events. Feature events such as Composing Art invite local musicians to create and perform music in response to the artworks on display. In conjunction with the East Coast Encounter exhibition, esteemed Australian songwriter Neil Murray mentored emerging Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians in a workshop, culminating in a community showcase concert event.

Towards the future

The role of The Arts Centre Gold Coast in our youth and education community is growing and it will become the destination of choice for schools with the development of the Cultural Precinct. We are reviving the School Ambassador Program, which aims to increase the scope of our influence in the youth community by engaging champions of The Arts Centre to encourage their community to visit the Centre. The ability to cater for large school groups and have dedicated space to run concurrent workshops will ensure that our creative future is nurtured. Gold Coast City Gallery has also presented local visual artists with the opportunity to connect with The Arts Centre through the engagement of local design practitioners to develop graphic and digital collateral. These have included Artwork Agency, Studio byron c and Potatopress.


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We are growing the creative community

1,856

children aged between 8 and 17 participated in 55 paid and free Summer Series school holiday workshops and activities delivered by 36 artists

3,931

TIMES

19,786

school children attended performances and exhibitions as part of their school education program

117

schools represented in Performing Arts and Visual Arts education programs

3

aspiring young artists attended development programs across gallery and performing arts

schools engaged with The Arts Centre Gold Coast, developing future audiences

34

Education reference group met

21

Year 12 school students showcased visual art works at the Energies exhibition

SCHOOL MUSICALS HELD ON OUR STAGE

13

Queensland College of Art graduates showcased their art pieces at the META- exhibition

11

young Artist Development programs across gallery and performing arts

1,968 professional development hours delivered to school teachers by The Arts Centre Gold Coast

contact hours with teachers

9

Partnered with

Independent Artist Groups to foster a residency, performance, or work in progress in The Space.

265

school teachers attended professional development programs

Mentored

local performing artists

1,519 contact mentoring hours for performing artists


WE ARE THE HOME OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE


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Performing arts

Highest national standards

The key to The Arts Centre’s programming philosophy is to continue to deliver the best of our national theatre, dance and music companies by providing our audiences with the types of experiences that would be seen in capital cities, as well as inspiring audiences with products that are at the peak of performing arts standards nationally. The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s established relationships with Sydney Dance Company, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Taikoz, Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Ballet and Opera Queensland have brought amazing performance pieces to our audiences such as 2 One Another, Richard Tognetti in Recital, ACO2 Around the World, Crimson Sky (Rhythm of the Drums), Cinderella, The Harbinger, Boston Marriage, Kelly, Coppelia and QSO Movie Masterpieces, just to name a few.

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‘Where we once travelled frequently to Brisbane for our cultural fix, we now go infrequently, finding everything we need locally…. For my husband it was seeing ballet for the first time (at age 68yrs) and I am delighted to say he was enthralled from the first moment Cinderella took up her broom. Reece and Michael Gannaway

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a.) Miss Saigon. Photo credit: Scott Belzner; b.) QSO Movie Masterpieces; c.) The Harbinger; d.) 2 One Another; e.) Kelly


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Performing Arts

Unique theatre experiences

Selected fashion and costume enthusiasts were invited to a special Behind the Seams event in February, in conjunction with Queensland Theatre’s Company production of Boston Marriage. Guests were treated to an exclusive look at the exquisite period costumes and a discussion with the cast.

Our Productions The Arts Centre Gold Coast continues to build theatre from the ground up with a number of performances showcased this year.

Ruby Moon

Open auditions were held at The Arts Centre Gold Coast for Ruby Moon, a story set In the suburban quiet of Flaming Tree Grove where life appears to be picture perfect; until the day little Ruby sets off to visit her grandmother at the end of the cul-de-sac and is never seen again. Her parents, fractured and grief-stricken, search for answers behind their neighbours’ doors.

In addition, the community and media were invited to attend a Meet The Cast of Kelly event at Mods and Rockers Barber in Surfers Paradise. Guests gained insight into the makeup of the show and the history of Ned Kelly through a casual Q&A.

Photo credit: Roman Summers

Open auditions for this production resulted in two Brisbane actors being cast. Highly-acclaimed Director Helen Howard took up the task of melding the two actors’ performances into eight characters. Local seamstresses and technical staff were engaged to work on the The Arts Centre season with the actors adding technical cues to their own character roles for the schools tour. The Arts Centre Gold Coast season was extended from six to 11 performances to accommodate the demand from schools. The show then embarked on a five-week, 31-school venue tour as far north as Atherton and west to the Aboriginal Shire of Woorabinda.


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Performing Arts

Hotel Beche de Mer

In another production of artistic excellence presented by The Arts Centre Gold Coast, the fictional storyline Hotel Beche de Mer used the fibro holiday cottage as its backdrop. With inspiration drawn from the Gallery’s exhibition Fibro Coast, this project was commissioned by The Arts Centre Gold Coast, and featured local professional actors and creatives. The script, beautifully crafted by award-winning playwright Steven Carlton, brought to life some wonderful characters in a story that audiences embraced. Hotel Beche de Mer enjoyed a sold-out season across six performances in The Space in September 2014, largely due to the engagement of a professional cast featuring Caroline Gilmer who resides in Surfers Paradise and Hugh Parker who resides in Robina. The background and depth of experience of these two actors turned tickets to gold.


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Performing Arts

Miss Saigon

Building on the success of last year’s musical Jesus Christ Superstar, The Arts Centre Gold Coast presented Miss Saigon as the epic musical theatre experience for our local audiences. Spread across seven performances, 8,124 people enjoyed the tragic love story of a young bar girl, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI whose lives are then torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Audiences were treated to the amazing talents of a stellar cast and creative team as well as an 18-piece orchestra.

Photo credit: Scott Belzner

Our lighting and sound technical team also did us proud. The Terrace was transformed into ‘Dreamland’, with Vietnamese food stalls and other delights pre, during and post show. Miss Saigon gave us the opportunity to show off our creative excellence as well as provide our visitors with a unique and engaging, all-round, captivating, cultural experience.

Photo credit: Scott Belzner

The skill of both the production’s principal and ensemble vocalists is jaw-dropping. Suzanne Simonot, The Gold Coast Bulletin – Miss Saigon review


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Enthralling from the first note...

Performing Arts

Natalie O’Driscoll, Blank GC Magazine – Miss Saigon review

Photo credit: Scott Belzner

Miss Saigon stats

31

137 performance rehearsal hours

emerging and established artists worked on the Miss Saigon musical produced by The Arts Centre Gold Coast as well as 6 creatives, 18 musicians and 4 sound and lighting technical interns

407

contact mentoring hours for technical interns

100’s

28

SHOW REHEARSALS

708

technical labour hours for bump in and rehearsal

Professional development hours for lighting design for full time lighting technician

1

of costume pieces – too many to count!

7

157

SHOW CREW including 4 interns

labour hours for bump out and restoration of stage to standard operating mode

NEW

STATE OF THE ART VISION SYSTEMS ALLOWED FOR HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO BACKDROPS


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Performing Arts

Children’s theatre

Whilst continuing to showcase and present brilliant performing arts experiences, we remain committed to planning for the future with a strong focus on nurturing younger audiences via our Family Series program. This emphasis ensures our youngest patrons are exposed to the very best of children’s theatre in the country. This year saw a number of young local actors perform in our flagship youth project, DNA.

The home of artistic excellence 711,163 total audience attendance 94 performances held across our venue 8,124 attended Miss Saigon 93% rated Miss Saigon either meeting or exceeding expectations 69 free public performances 26 Gold Coast performing artist companies featured 9 Queensland performing artist companies featured 20 national performing artist companies featured 2 international performing artist companies featured 45,219 gallery visitors 2 art prizes delivered 1 photography award delivered 1 ceramic art prize delivered 3 visual arts indigenous program delivered 13 visual arts programs featuring 13 Gold Coast artists 18 visual arts programs featuring 18 Australian artists 398 artists exhibited 281 artworks donated 45 artworks purchased 20 gallery exhibitions 73 free visual arts public programs 9 paid visual arts public programs 4,134 audience attendances to free visual arts public programs 77 audience attendances to paid visual arts public programs


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Visual Arts During this year, Gold Coast City Gallery presented major projects that brought new understanding of the Gold Coast character and environment through the eyes of the earliest known resident professional artist to some of the most recent.

History of the Hinterland region

Edwin Bode: Pioneering Arts of the Gold Coast Hinterland Region displayed many watercolours of the homesteads and farms around Canungra, Wonglepong and Mt Tamborine, documenting the emergence of the logging industry and the pristine wilderness and majestic waterfalls of the region that many of us can recognise today. Special inclusion were prints of Bode’s photographs of the region.

Indigenous artist development

Artworks from nine Gold Coast-based Aboriginal artists made during the inaugural South Stradbroke Emerging Indigenous Artist Camp were proudly presented in a Foyer Gallery exhibition in July 2014 to accompany the Saltwater Country exhibition. The linkage between the artworks of those attending the artist camp and those whose work was exhibited in Saltwater Country is significant, as both artworks displayed the strong cultural connectedness to the sea that is very distinctive to the Queensland Indigenous experience. Saltwater country of where land meets the sea is a place of bounty and trade; of conflict and connection. The long coastline of Queensland, including the Gold Coast, facilitates the movement of peoples across vast distances, and the tidal and seasonal flows structure the rhythms of the day and the year. Public programs supported the Saltwater Country exhibition. The second artist camp was held in April 2015 and we eagerly await exhibiting the fruits of labour from the 13 local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who attended and sought inspiration from the South Stradbroke Island land and coastline.

Water colours from the Queensland Art Gallery

More than 50 paintings from the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Collection were on display when Transparent: Watercolour in Queensland 1850s-1980s visited the Gold Coast City Gallery from 25 October to 7 December 2014. Gallery visitors delighted in viewing local seascape views such as View for Kirra headlands c.1924 by renowned watercolourist Vida Lahey, inspired by her visits to the region in the early 1920s, and Thomas Pilgrim’s much later works inspired by the Currumbin Valley area.

The Gallery is a wonderful cultural experience and an excellent venue for international guests. I’ m impressed with the calibre of the exhibitions and excited to see what the expansion has in store for the gallery program. 2015 Survey respondent

The gallery strikes a great balance between local content and internation al art movement. 2015 Survey respondent

South Stradbroke Island Artist Camp and Exhibition Opening Photo credit: Jo-Anne Driessens


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Visual Arts

Emerging local talent

The annual ENERGIES exhibition showcased the artwork of local Gold Coast senior visual arts students, addressing a diverse range of topics in various mediums such as painting, sculpture and video installation. The exhibition allowed audiences to appreciate the raw talent of young people on the Gold Coast and gain a perspective on the broad range of issues and interests affecting students. The Bachelor of Digital Media program at the Gold Coast Queensland College of Art presented the META- exhibition of 12 graduating third year and Honours students whose works employ a broad array of processes and mediums. These students have set their sights on the potential for self-empowerment through a kaleidoscope of provocative and visceral experiences. ENERGIES Exhibition. Artist: Rachel Spencer

On behalf of QCA and all the exhibiting Graduate artists, I would like to sincerely thank you for helping make the exhibition M etaa great success. Friday night was very exciting for all students, families and friends and the feedback has been tremendous. Again, thank you for your continued patronage of QCA and its students, and we look forward to sharing our commitment to nurturing the rich creative outcomes stemming from the Gold Coast. Dr Laini Burton Lecturer, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Gold Coast

META- Exhibition. Artist: Chris McKenzie


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Visual Arts

Surf culture

Cutback: Surfing Through Art, an exhibition featuring seven contemporary Australian artists responding to the art of surfing and alternative aspects of surf culture was exhibited during our summer months. Named after the surfing manoeuvre ‘cutback’, that sees the surfer sharply change direction and push back toward the whitewater, the exhibition explored surfing as a pastime and the fertile territory it provides for art makers. The exhibition aimed to draw out some of the intricacies of how artists have engaged with surfing and featured Chris Bennie, Shaun Gladwell, Andrew Kidman, William Mackinnon, Nanda Ormond, Ben Rak and Joel Rea.

Maori culture

Exploring the stories and creative practices of New Zealand Maori living on the Gold Coast, the well-attended Gold and Greenstone exhibition considered the art practices of six Maori artists who live and have strong family connections to the Gold Coast. Significant issues explored included the challenge of retaining language, traditions and cultural practices away from home, as well as the difficulties of establishing an amicable and meaningful engagement with the Indigenous peoples of Australia.

The Cutback: Surfing Through Art event embraced the balmy Gold Coast climate, taking place outdoors on the Arts Terrace, with a music program by a local surf band and speakers from the art and surfing community discussing the intersection of ‘surf/life/art’.

Gold and Greenstone Exhibition Artist: George Nuku, Bottled Ocean 2014 (detail)

Shaun Gladwell visits Cutback: Surfing Through Art Exhibition Photo credit: Virginia Rigney

Cutback: Surfing Through Art Exhibition Artist: Joel Rea - Waves


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Our Gallery Collection

Recently donated works

The Galley Collection grew by 326 works thanks to the ongoing generosity of our donors as well as judicious purchases in accordance with the Collection Policy. Life Benefactor and Gallery Chairman Patrick Corrigan AM continued his quest to ensure the Collection developed through the year with a donation of 20 Indigenous paintings as well as securing donations from fellow collectors and colleagues. Of particular note were donations by Mr Chris Simon and Mr Craig Edwards, which included large and very significant paintings from Indigenous artists Yinarupa Nangala, Ray James Tjangala, Dorothy Napangardi and Naata Nungurrayi. Also boosting the Indigenous collection were gifts from Brenda Colahan and Maria Vyalkova including a very large and impressive work by Ngoia Napaltjarri Pollard.

Willy Tjungurrayi. Snake Dreaming

Other donors include artists such as Matthew Sleeth who generously donated 35 of his photographs to give the collection a comprehensive representation of his work. A generous donation from the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Gold Coast Inc. allowed the Gallery to purchase three works from Albert Tucker’s Springbrook series which were all painted in the early 1970s during time spent in a ramshackle old banana shed on the property. Perpetual Benefactors Adam Knight, Denis Savill, Ken McGregor, Tom and Evan Lowenstein and Adam Micmacher continued their support for the development of the Collection through charitable gifts of artwork. All donations contribute to the cultural vibrancy of the City. In expression of our gratitude, we hosted a Perpetual Benefactors dinner in Melbourne in March 2015.

Joanna Braithwaite. Horse bookies

Perpetual Benefactors dinner, March 2015

Albert Tucker. Springbrook 1974


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Our Gallery Collection

Acquired works

Last Resort 1 and 2 by Alex Seton was the most significant purchase made throughout the year in our quest to ensure the Collection maintains a criticality in contemporary Australian art as we move toward the future Cultural Precinct. These sculptures formed the central component of Seton’s solo exhibition Refoulement which continues his exploration of the issue of asylum seekers. Rather than pursue any particular political ideology or rhetoric, Refoulement seeks to explore the human cost of Australia’s current policies related to asylum seekers. It begs attention to our own lives of privilege and comfort, asking us to reflect on the unseen effects of this comfortable existence. Another significant purchase was the painting Lull by William Mackinnon which was a feature of the exhibition Cutback: Surfing Through Art displayed at the Gallery in February and March 2015. The painting depicts the period between sets when the surfers are sitting on their boards waiting for the next wave. The detail of the wetsuits and their postures is intimately observed, but for the artist, this moment is also a metaphor for times in his life when there are moments of waiting, reflecting emotions of anxiety, loss and fear. Three prize exhibitions were presented throughout the year which also added works to the Collection. The 29th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award was won by Melbourne based artist Vipoo Srivilasa, whose work is otherwise unrepresented in the Collection. So too the Gold Coast Art Prize saw the addition of Sonia Leber and David Chesworth’s video work We are printers too as well as the acquisition of works by Prudence Flint, Greg Fullerton, Deborah Walker and Yao Zhang.

Will Mackinnon. Lull

The 2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award saw the addition of the winning work by Sydney-based artist Owen Leong along with works by Clark Beaumont, Gerwyn Davies, Louis Lim, Lydia Wegner, Adri Valery Wens and William Yang, all of whom join the Collection for the first time. The bestowment of the administration of The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Trust from Win Schubert to The Arts Centre Gold Coast during 2014/2015 will allow for the continued presentation of the Award for many years to come. The value of the Collection increased by $3 million to make a total asset value of $24 million. Almost 10% of our Benefactors support the Centre to enhance our visual arts offerings. For a full listing of all acquired and donated works please see page 64.

Ngoia Pollard Napaltjarri. Swamps west of Nyirripi


WE ARE PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE


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Gold Coast Cultural Precinct

Stage 1 - Transitional Riverside Gallery and Amphitheatre During 2014 and 2015, significant progress on the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct was made. The Cultural Precinct will create a focal point, a civic square that will be a destination for locals and tourists. It will be the place where people come together to engage with arts, culture and each other. When the final stage is complete, the Cultural Precinct will include an arts museum, performing arts centre, artscape, arts hotel, dining and retail outlets. It will transform the current 16.9 hectare site at Evandale on which The Arts Centre Gold Coast currently stands, into an array of buildings and structures devoted to civic, cultural and public use over the next ten to 15 years. Council has approved planning, design and early works to enable the $37million Stage 1 to be completed before the City hosts the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Stage 1 early works will begin in late 2015 to allow for site preparation, including demolition of Council’s existing administration building early in 2016, and completion in late 2017.

Stage 1 will be ready to host artistic and cultural programming ahead of the Commonwealth Games in April 2018. It will include: • Amphitheatre – an outdoor stage and event platform in a garden amphitheatre with the city’s skyline backdrop. • Initial Artscape works – a curated, artistic and botanical landscape, set around an enhanced Evandale Lake and activated by artistic programming, installations, picnics, markets, festivals and cinema. • Riverside Hub - adapting the existing Riverside building to feature: • Riverside Gallery for exhibitions and storage space • Food and beverage

In readiness for the Cultural Precinct, The Arts Centre Gold Coast has developed a Transition Plan that defines the changes required to enhance The Art Centre’s current role to meet the expectations as Cultural Precinct operator. The Centre commenced reviews of existing documentation such as the Constitution and Service Agreement, operational and organisational structure and is developing a program of activity to be delivered in the Cultural Precinct from September 2017 onwards. In January 2015, a dedicated resource commenced at The Arts Centre and in March a second position also joined the company. These two roles act as the conduit between Council, consultants and the Centre as Stage 1 unfolds.


WE ARE REALISING OUR ECONOMIC POTENTIAL


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Connecting to Customers

Our reputation as a cultural destination that provides unique, quality content is growing. During this year, we developed our Culture magazine, which is a whole-of-centre publication and a ‘go to’ guide of all things art and culture happening at the Centre. With the success of Miss Saigon spreading like wildfire through the performing arts industry both locally and nationally, and with increased community awareness through mediums such as social media, visual and printed media coverage and our ever growing on-line presence, we have seen our visitation increase from 446,043 last year to 711,163 this year.

Digital Awareness

16,097

3,358

Facebook fans

Twitter followers

1,902

233

Instagram followers

YouTube subscribers

total website visitors from desktops, mobiles and tablets

average website pages viewed

47,201

live performance tickets sold online

eNews 24,292

Cinema eNews subscribers

26,295

eNews subscribers

10,908

cinema tickets sold online

With a wide variety of high-quality cultural experiences on offer, ticket sales to live performances have increased by 20%, cinema sales have increased by over 30% and we are seeing more and more of the community attend events within our ‘four walls’ as well as in the surrounding parklands and gardens of The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

2015 Survey Response

767,982

34

Our communication strategy to connect with our digital audience via new and engaging emails, as well as competitions, saw customer digital interaction increase from 603,768 visits to our website to 767,982, with more and more patrons purchasing tickets to performances, shows and cinema online. Online audience surveys have assisted us in improving our customer service as well as sourcing product to meet market demand.

96

%

said performances met or exceeded expectations

93

%

of Miss Saigon attendees said it met or exceeded expectations

88

%

are either satisfied or very satisfied with the shows on offer

84

%

are either satisfied or very satisfied with our support of local talent

73

%

either like or love the Arts Café

95

%

either like or love the Arts Cinema

81%

either like or love our Gallery, with 95% saying that exhibitions either met or exceeded expectations


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Corporate Partnerships A total of ten business partnerships were facilitated during the year, totalling over $150,000 in income for the Centre. The majority of these corporate sponsors were based locally, providing premium opportunities to work together and leverage one another’s presence. The income from these partnerships provided vital funds to support the Centre’s bottom line and in return provided valuable marketing platforms and entertaining opportunities for each of the partners to enjoy. Promotional opportunities included cinema advertising, logo acknowledgements on venue signage, print advertising in the Culture magazine and acknowledgments on print collateral.

Partners

Bruce Lynton


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Philanthropic Support The Board and Management of The Arts Centre Gold Coast would like to acknowledge and thank our donors for their continued support. It is only through the generosity and support of these individuals and corporations that the sustained development and enhancement of the arts will become a reality for the future generations of the Gold Coast.

Benefactors

The Centre was most fortunate in retaining loyal support from a family of over 60 annual givers called Benefactors. These donors each make a contribution of $1,000 or more, making a direct impact on the cultural life of the Centre and the Gold Coast. These donors are encouraged to share their interests for use of the funds across a range of artistic activities including young artist development, supporting local artists, enhancing the Centre’s artistic standards, providing free public programming and supporting the acquisition of artwork for the Gallery collection. In 2015, $150,000 accumulated funds were disbursed carefully to best deliver on both the Centre’s artistic charter and the donors’ interests.

Life Benefactors

• Patrick Corrigan AM & Barbara Corrigan • Win Schubert AO on behalf of The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts

Perpetual Benefactors

The following donors have made significant and sustained contributions of artwork to the Gold Coast City Gallery Collection: • Adam Knight • Dr Colin & Elizabeth Laverty • Tom & Sylvia Lowenstein • Evan Lowenstein • Adam Micmacher • Ken McGregor • Denis Savill

Diamond Benefactors • Jock McIlwain OAM & Beverly McIlwain

Platinum Benefactors • Barry & Maureen Stevenson

Gold Benefactors

• John & Susan Barr • Prof. Emeritus Ray Byron & Carole Byron • Pauline Ewers • Richard & Ann Glenister • Hecand PAF • Ray & Jill James • Tomas & Fiona Johnsson • Christine Lohman • Morgans Financial Limited • NAB Private Wealth • Paradise Point Community Bank Branch, Bendigo Bank • The Pemberton Family • Kathy Martin Sullivan AM • Arthur Waring

Silver Benefactors

• Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Gold Coast Inc. • Lucy Cole Prestige Properties • Kerry & Lena Crawford • Dr Norman & Mrs Margot Davies • The Follent Family • John & Alison Kearney • Anna-Lisa Klettenberg • Peter & Moira Lockhart • Alan & Barbara Midwood • Peter & Annette Minck • Leonard & Glenda Neilsen • Maxine Semple • Dr Roger Welch • Betty Wheeler

Bronze Benefactors

• Penelope Jane Anderssen • Philip Bacon • John & Bonnie Bauld • Kylie, David & Ryan Corrigan • Kevin & Jane Doogan • E.C.Pohl & Co • Paul & Maureen Fitzgerald • Gold Coast Eisteddfod • Jacqueline Green • Jackie Hughes • André & Eva Jaku • Bruce & Bennie Johnston • Lyn & Gerry Keogh • Roger & Jenny Mayfield • Rhona McKay • Graeme & Patsy Meyer • Richard & Rosemary Munro • Mark & Elizabeth Niall • Michael & Jennifer Pinter • Barry & Karen Plant • Destry & Poppy Puia • John Punch OAM & Dr Renée Punch • Christene Pye • Don Robertson • John & Julie Romanin • Steve Romer • Peter & Wendy Spencer • Kerry Watson

Special Acknowledgement

• Friends of The Arts Centre Gold Coast • The Late Roma Blair • The Late Elaine Bermingham

Plus1 - Funding Partner • McLaughlin Lawyers

Plus1 - Leading Advocates • Richard & Ann Glenister • Ray & Jill James • Tomas & Fiona Johnsson • Christine Lohman • Morgans Financial Limited • The Follent Family • Steve Romer • Kerry Watson • Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS)

Supporters of Miss Saigon • Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society, Gold Coast Inc. • Kevin & Jane Doogan • Paul & Maureen Fitzgerald • Pamela Railey-Mitchell • Leonard & Glenda Neilsen • Arion & Cherill Pierson • Don Robertson • Barry & Maureen Stevenson

Supporters

• Ronda Adam • Melissa Archer & Adam Williams • Neil & Christine Beattie • Eva Bergstrom • Ken Ferguson • Rodney & Carol Fox • Julia Gray • Dimitie Kendall • Jeung Hee Kim • Suzu Muraki • Ann Pluckrose • K Julian Scott • Ray Stevens MP • Mariett Wilson • Mui Khee Yeo


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Fundraising Impact

carrying

Investing in Young Artists Development programs

students participated in the Summer Series

10

FREE lunchtime concerts

SWING ON THIS Indigenous Children between 6-16 years were offered places in Summer Series workshops

95

24 BUSES

19

1,656 students subsidised by Jock & Beverly McIlwain Arts Bus Fund

1+ 1

local dance instructor

hours of mentoring

4

interstate choreographer engaged

local male youths engaged to tap dance

Supporting the local performing arts sector

160 260

LOCAL PERFORMING

ARTISTS

engaged for 54

FREE Arts Terrace events

OVER

LOCAL INDIGENOUS AUDIENCE MEMBERS

were given access to the performance of The New Black

Adults and children participated in our Gold and Greenstone Cultural Saturdays program

OPERA QUEENSLAND COMMUNITY CHOIR (Sing Out Loud) for Fiesta de la Musica

• 2 x 2 hour workshops by Opera Qld • 45 participants in the workshops • 40 audience members enjoyed the FREE showcase performance

Artist in residence George Nuku spent 10 days and over 240 hours in The Studio creating his highlight sculpture Waka for the Gold and Greenstone exhibition

Helping to achieve the highest artistic and production standards

10,000

$

Support towards artist fees for Miss Saigon

5

11,000

$

$

Supported the engagement of professional actors and directors to deliver Hotel Beche de Mer

6,000 Supported artist fees for Cutback: Surfing Through Art exhibition

Delivering Gold Coast City Gallery public programs guest artist workshops by artists of local, national and international significance

GALLERY ACQUISITIONS

3 7

immersion days

394 13,010 ART LOVERS - young and old were inspired by the Gold Coast Art Prize and participated in our FREE Summer Series art program

$

WORKS ACQUIRED via benefactor contributions TOTALLING


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Benefactors Funds Disbursement $15,000 Gallery acquisitions

Supporting local performing arts sector

$13,010

$52,000

Young artist development

TOTAL

157,787

$20,777 Gallery public programs

$20,000

$37,000

Highest artistic and production standards

Future cultural facilities

33% Young artist development

13% Gallery public programs

23% Highest artistic and production standards

8% Gallery acquisitions

13% Future cultural facilities

10% Supporting local performing arts sector

Supporters

In addition to the annual giving program, the Development team continued to seek general donations through myriad platforms. Monthly givers donated a specified amount each month on an ongoing basis, whilst ticket purchasers were prompted during their transaction to make a tax-deductible gift towards the Centre. Unique campaigns were also facilitated such as the Musicians and Costumes campaigns for Miss Saigon. These campaigns were wonderful platforms for donors to show their support for the Centre and enjoy making a difference for arts and culture on the Gold Coast.

We are delighted to be involved with The Arts Centre and are very excited with the prospects for its future. The management team is brilliant and under the leadership of Destry we can only look forward to an even bigger and brighter future. Kevin & Jane Doogan


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Philanthropic Support

Creative Partnerships Australia

In late 2014, the Centre successfully applied to Creative Partnerships’ Plus1 program Australia, to seek assistance with building the Centre’s capacity for fundraising into the future. This application was approved (one of the 63 approved out of 268 applications) and thereby positioned the Centre to raise a total of $72,100 by June 2015. Following a comprehensive fundraising campaign, a total of $77,100 philanthropic income was raised. These funds will be put directly into enhancing the Centre’s capacity for fundraising in both the immediate and long term future.

Established following the merger of Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) and Artsupport in 2013, Creative Partnerships Australia is supported by the Australian Government through the Cultural Development Program of the Ministry for the Arts, Attorney-General’s Department. The Plus1 Program is Australia’s first federally-funded matched funding program.

Life Benefactors

On Tuesday 2 June 2015, Life Benefactors of The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Dr Patrick Corrigan AM and Mrs Win Schubert AO, were recognised and awarded Keys to the City by The Mayor of the City Of Gold Coast. This award recognises their significant and long-term commitment to supporting the growth of arts on the Gold Coast. The Centre was delighted to see Patrick and Win’s support officially recognised by the City and is most fortunate to have the support of these two significant arts advocates.

Photography Award prize administration

In February 2015, Mrs Win Schubert AO bestowed The Arts Centre Gold Coast with the administration of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Trust for the continued presentation of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award by Gold Coast City Gallery. This prize promotes excellence in the creative art of photography in Australia by awarding an annual prize of $20,000. This transfer represents significant confidence in the Centre and places enormous trust in our abilities to continue the Photography Prize for the future. The Centre is incredibly honoured to facilitate this fund on Win’s behalf, and we very much look forward to the years ahead.

Senior Curator Virginia Rigney Mrs Schubert AO

Destry Puia, Mrs Schubert AO and Kerry Watson

Guests at a recognition dinner for Mrs Schubert AO Photo credit: Scott Belzner

Mrs Win Schubert AO, Mayor Tom Tate and Dr Patrick Corrigan AM

Jock McIlwain awarded OAM

At the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2015, long-term arts advocate, Gold Coast icon and Diamond Benefactor, Mr Jock McIlwain was recognised with a Medal in the Order of Australia in the general division (OAM) for service to the community of the Gold Coast through arts and educational organisations. The Centre was so very proud to see this recognition and much-deserved award for Jock. Along with their generosity to the Centre as Benefactors, Jock and Beverly McIlwain support the Centre’s Jock and Beverly McIlwain Arts Bus Fund, which enables local educational facilities to engage students with programs and performances at the Centre. The fund has brought over 1,600 students to the Centre this year and creates valuable awareness of the arts in our next generation. Sincere thanks to Jock and Beverly for their generous and continued support.

Jock and Beverly McIlwain


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Conferencing, Events and Commercial Services

With over 5,000 events this financial year, The Arts Centre Gold Coast experienced continual activity, largely due to conferences and event bookings managed through our commercial services department. The Arts Centre Gold Coast is the largest regional arts and entertainment centre in Australia. In addition to the vast range of shows on offer, cinema product and gallery exhibitions, we offer a range of first-class venues within our facilities for off-site conference events (conference welcome reception and conference dinners), corporate cocktail receptions, award presentations, corporate Christmas events, conferences and seminars, product launches, gala dinners, charity events, dinner and show evenings, pre-show events, school formals, weddings, private celebratory events (e.g. birthdays, anniversaries, engagements), corporate and charity movie nights as well as team building activities. All events are tailored specifically to the needs of clients and are accompanied by elegant outlooks, themed rooms, top-quality food, beverages and service.

The Arts Centre Gold Coast also offers its theatre and surrounding rooms for hire to schools for musicals, dance schools for concerts, music clubs, business luncheons and other similar types of events. We provide state-of-the-art technical assistance via our talented lighting and sound department. The Arts Cinema continues to be a popular choice of venue for private corporate screenings as well as local charity groups for fundraising opportunities that raise awareness for various national and international causes. Over this past year, and as the Cultural Precinct gets closer to fruition, we have worked on ensuring the right building blocks are in place to provide the best possible products and services both inside and outside of the existing building. In addition to providing our standard quality commercial services, there has been an enormous increase in the amount of performing arts activities taking place in and around The Terrace. This led to the hugely successful, Vietnamese-style street markets which serviced patrons who attended Miss Saigon and showed our capabilities to deliver services to the broader footprint of the future Cultural Precinct. We continue to work with quality food and beverage suppliers, including businesses who regularly supply our kitchen and café with local bush tucker. In addition, a small renovation to our Terrace Bar, the return of table service in our very busy café, and a large investment in new furniture for both inside and outside the building, are just the beginning of new services and options available to our visitors which we will continue to build upon in the coming years.

Catering Facts We are also able to provide quality local artists and industry professionals that can be easily accessed by commercial clients thereby creating a point of difference for The Arts Centre Gold Coast as a unique conference and event venue on the Gold Coast.

• 118,952 café visitors • 92,553 coffees served (There are approx 70 coffee beans in each shot of coffee) • 10,180 bottles of milk used just to make coffee • 80,770 glasses of wine sold • 10,218 buckets of popcorn consumed • 10,658 vanilla drumsticks devoured • 46,556 chocolate bars sold ... including 1 Toblerone • It takes 14 hours to slow roast our Pork Belly


BACK: Luke Garvey, Emma Collerton, Steph Pickett, Brad Rush, Janine Mackney, Jason Freeman, Bernadette Grogan, Ante Krajinovic, John Walsh, Debra Witalik, Megan Connors, Virginia Rigney, Wayne Evans, Jodi Ferrari, Lynda White, Richard Muecke MIDDLE: Sue-Anne Chapman, Di McCormack, Michael Foster, Karen Fleming, Chris Bouffler, Rod Themudo, Nick Santy, Lana Sears, Catherine Wilson, Vicki Buenen, Anna Dare, Anna Carroll, Jess Genta FRONT: Georgina Gillings, Anastasia Scott-Myles, Scott McCaig, Destry Puia, Roz Milligan, Lotti Marei, Robyn French


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BACK: Dr Patrick Mitchell, Patrick Corrigan AM, Richard Munro, Steve Romer FRONT: Kerry Watson, Christine Lohman, Cr Jan Grew, Tomas Johnsson

BACK: John Wash, Ante Krajinovic, Megan Connors, Michael Foster, Destry Puia FRONT: Sue-Anne Chapman, Lynda White, Anna Carroll


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Organisational Structure

Board of Directors

Gold Coast City Gallery Committee

Marketing & Programming Committee

Finance & Audit Committee

Governance Committee

General Manager / Company Secretary

Gallery Manager

Communications & Visitor Services Manager

Commercial Services Manager

Exhibitions

Education Program

Events

Public Programs

Visitor Services

Promoter Activity

Arts Donations & Valuations

Arts Cinema

Commercial Hire

Marketing

MICE Sales

Collections Management

PR

Arts Cafe

Precinct Services Manager

Corporate Services Manager

Technical Services

Corporate Governance

Development Manager

Precinct Transition Manager

Performing Arts

Gallery Volunteers

CRM Management

Front of House

Reconciliation Action Plan

Theatre Volunteers

Board Composition: Mr Kerry Watson Mr Richard Munro Dr Patrick Corrigan AM Cr Jan Grew Mr Tomas Johnsson Ms Christine Lohman Dr Patrick Mitchell Mr Steve Romer

Building Services Capital Works IT

Finance Payroll Human Resources

Philanthropic Gifts Corporate Partnerships Benefactor Program Donations

Capacity Building Strategic Planning Facility Development

Bequests

Executive Team: Board Chairman Deputy Chairman and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee Chair of the Gold Coast Gallery Committee Director Director Chair of the Governance Committee Chair of the Marketing and Programming Committee Director

Mr Destry Puia Ms Anna Carroll Ms Sue-Anne Chapman Ms Megan Connors Mr Michael Foster Mr Ante Krajinovic Mr John Walsh Ms Lynda White

General Manager and Company Secretary Precinct Transition Manager Communication and Visitor Services Manager Development Manager Commercial Services Manager Precinct Services Manager Gallery Manager Corporate Services Manager


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Board of Directors

Kerry Watson

Chairman of the Board of Directors Appointed to the Board on 8 September 2008 Born and educated in Queensland, Kerry Watson began his career in stockbroking and merchant banking before returning to the Gold Coast to establish the Quality Inns Group with the Graham family. Kerry was involved in the commencement of Japanese and Asian tourists to Australia. After the sale of the Quality Inns Group, Kerry commenced a consulting business through his company, Pacific Global Corporation with clients including Marriott International Australia and the Queensland Government. Kerry is currently Chairman of Events Management Queensland (Gold Coast Airport Marathon and Pan Pacific Masters Games) and Gold Coast Tropicarnival Ltd – Gold Coast Eisteddfod, and an Honorary Life Member of Gold Coast Tourism. He has previously held positions as Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Tourist and Travel Corporation (now Tourism Events Queensland), Chairman of the Inbound Tourism Organisation of Australia (now Australian Tourism Export Council) and Director of the Gold Coast Tourism and Gold Coast Institute of TAFE. He is a recipient of the honour of the Keys to the City of the Gold Coast and Citizen of the Year.

Richard Munro

B.Bus, CPA, MAICD Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors Chairman Finance and Audit Committee Appointed to the Board on 10 November 2008 Richard has been in Public Accounting Practice on the Gold Coast since 1994. He currently is a Director of a financial services business – Quill Group. Past roles include committee positions on various business and sporting organisations including past President of CPA Australia, Gold Coast Branch and as a Director of the Board for the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE. He has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors Diploma Course covering Corporate Governance. His extensive experience gained in working with many South East Queensland businesses and associations means that Richard brings a high level of expertise and strengths in financial and strategic management to the role of Deputy Chair of the Board of The Arts Centre Gold Coast. While Richard’s specific interests have generally revolved around business and sports, his family has participated in a number of past Summer Schools at The Arts Centre over the years, giving him a strong appreciation of the benefits the arts bring to the community.

Dr Patrick Corrigan AM

Board Director Appointed to the Board on 13 May 1996 Chairman Gold Coast City Gallery Committee Dr Patrick Corrigan began his career in the freight industry in the 60s and by the mid 70s he was head of several freight companies which participated in the phenomenal expansion of the freighting industry in Australia and overseas. Pat began his love affair with collecting art and art books in his 30s and his library is recognised as one of the finest private library collections of its type in Australia. Pat says that the main thrill of collecting has always been the hunt and acquisition of rare items, rather than possession of them once acquired. Pat has been donating art to public galleries for many years and his involvement with the industry remains strong. In 2000, he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to the arts and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Bond University. He is a life benefactor of the State Library of Queensland and The Art Gallery of New South Wales Library as well as a life patron of the National Association of Visual Arts. Pat is married to Barbara and they have a daughter and three sons. In July 2010, Pat and Barbara were bestowed the title of inaugural Life Benefactor of The Arts Centre Gold Coast, in recognition of their meritorious services in enhancing the Gold Coast City’s Art Collection. In June 2014, Pat received a Queensland Great Award from the Queensland Premier in recognition of his 40 years of philanthropic contributions to regional, state and national institutions. In February 2015, Pat was appointed to the Board of the National Portrait Gallery and in June 2015, he became a recipient of the honour of the Keys to the City of the Gold Coast awarded by the City’s Mayor.


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Board of Directors

Cr Jan Grew

Tomas Johnsson

Councillor Jan Grew is an elected member of the City of Gold Coast and has represented Division 11 for 22 years. She is the Chairman of the Economic Development and Major Projects Committee, a member of the Community and Cultural Committee and the Events Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Council of Mayor’s Economic Advisory Committee and the Regional Mosquito Management Committee. Councillor Grew is a Director of The Arts Centre Gold Coast and was appointed by the State Government to the board of Directors of Screen Queensland.

Tomas Johnsson is the Executive Director Operations of Mantra Group, Australia’s second largest hotel operator. He is responsible for the overall operation of over 130 hotels and resorts across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Over the past six years with the Mantra Group, Tomas has held positions of Group General Manager Saville and Peppers Hotels and been instrumental in significant organisational growth.

Board Director Appointed to the Board on 11 July 2014

Councillor Grew has previously held positions as a board member of Gold Coast Tourism, Gold Coast Arts Centre, The Gold Coast Eisteddfod and the Gold Coast Film Fantastic Film Festival. She holds a Masters Degree in Film and Television from Bond University and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Board Director Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2014

Previously Tomas was the Senior Asset Manager of General Property Trust, responsible for Sheraton Four Points Darling Harbour, Ayers Rock Resort and Voyages group. During his tenure, Tomas was involved in the acquisition of P&O resorts and the subsequent strategic integration. He was also responsible for the construction of Longitude 131 post bush fire and Dunk and Bedarra Islands in the wake of Cyclone Larry. Earlier, Tomas was the Regional General Manager Mirvac Hotels Victoria with leadership responsibilities across Hotel Como, Sebel and Quay West brands. Prior experience includes 10 years with Rydges Hotels in senior capacities in most Australian tourism destinations. Tomas was born and educated in Sweden, migrated to Australia in 1990 and is married with two children.

Christine Lohman

MBA, FPRIA, FAICD Board Director Appointed to the Board on 27 May 2010 Chair Governance Committee Christine Lohman has an extensive background in corporate communication and strategic planning and brings to the Board a high level of marketing communication and corporate governance expertise. She owned and operated one of Queensland’s leading public relations companies which formed part of a national group advising major ASX listed companies and government. Christine currently serves as a Member on the Australian Institute of Company Directors Gold Coast Regional Committee, she recently served as a director on the Board of the Good Samaritan Foundation and was a member of St Vincent’s Australia Health Limited Queensland Advisory Committee. Other past directorships include WorkCover Queensland, St Vincent’s and Holy Spirit Health Limited, Board of Governance for St Pauls, The Brisbane College of Theology, The 1994 World Masters Games, The Office of Economic Development for the City of Brisbane, Tourism Brisbane and several not-for-profit organisations. She provided professional counsel to the Board of Gladstone Ports Corporation and served on the Queensland Governments Clean and Healthy Air for Gladstone Industry Reference Group. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland, has completed the AICD Directors Course and subsequent updates, is a Fellow of the Public Relations Industry of Australia and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


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Board of Directors

Dr Patrick Mitchell

Board Director Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2014 Chairman Marketing and Programming Committee Patrick has been an artistic director, company manager, production director, community project facilitator, regional audience development specialist, funding panel member, writer and actor with a broad range of Australian theatre companies and arts organisations in many parts of the country. He has been Artistic Director for companies such as the Darwin Theatre Company, La Boite Theatre Company (Qld), and The Australian Theatre of the Deaf and Freewheels Theatre Company (NSW). He has also worked with the Queensland Arts Council, the South Australian Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company, and the Riverina Theatre Company. Patrick lectured and taught extensively across the Applied Theatre course at Griffith University in the School of Education and Professional Studies for over 10 years. In 2008, he completed a Master of Arts that explored the usefulness of the arts as a community builder in regional Queensland communities. Titled From Passenger to Driver, this project centred on a case study that brought together a small rural Queensland town, an entrepreneurial local arts council and the Creative Industries. In 2013, he completed a PhD entitled A Place in the Sun: An Exploration of the Theatre Ecology of the Gold Coast of Australia. This major research project explored the scope and character of contemporary theatre and performance on the Gold Coast. At present he combines his Board responsibilities with those of being a Senior Lecturer / Course Coordinator at TAFE Queensland on a series of Creative Arts Degrees and being a judge for the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards; a role that takes him from Beenleigh to Ballina seeing performances presented by community theatres, schools and independent theatre groups. Patrick undertakes all of this together with the constant joy of being the fortunate parent of two amazingly wonderful children.

Steve Romer

MAICD Board Director Appointed to the Board on 1 June 2014 Steve relocated back to the Gold Coast in early 2014, where he took up his current position as Chief Executive of the Venue Management Association Asia Pacific (VMA), the peak industry association for Performing Arts Centres, Convention & Exhibition Centres, Entertainment Arenas, and Sports Stadiums. He was General Manager of the Sydney Entertainment Centre (2009 – 2013) and responsible for all live music concerts, sporting events, musicals, and family shows. He was Director of Operations at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre (2003 – 2009), as well as Chief Executive of the Blacktown International Sports Park (2001 – 2003). Steve spent a decade in the Gold Coast theme park industry where he was Director of Operations at Dreamworld (1996 – 2000), and Show & Entertainment Manager at Sea World (1991 – 1996). He was a Director of the VMA (2002 – 2011), including three years as Chairman. He also served as a Director of the International Association of Venue Managers (2008 - 2011), and was a Director of the Talent Development Project (TDP), nurturing the creative talents of students in their entertainment careers. Steve was also the recipient of the Asia Pacific Venue Professional of the Year award in 2012.


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Executive Team

Destry Puia

Sue-Anne Chapman

Destry has extensive experience within the arts and government sector, having worked for a variety of organisations including independent theatre companies, state performing arts centres and local government entities. As General Manager of The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Destry has overseen a transformation of the organisation with the introduction of new creative programs, a greater focus on community participation and increased investment in local artist development. Destry has also played a critical role in shaping the $300 million proposed development of a new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct, serving as a jury member on the international design competition for this project.

Before leading the Queensland Symphony Orchestra through a major rebrand in 2009, Sue-Anne Chapman was Operations Manager for the Gold Coast Titans and the Marketing and Promotions Manager for AFL Gold Coast. Sue-Anne has worked as a PR and Marketing Officer for State Government departments and has significant experience in rolling out large-scale marketing campaigns, developing subscription programs, increasing audience attendances and implementing efficient marketing processes.

General Manager

Destry’s career began as an usher for Centrepoint Theatre in New Zealand and since then has worked in most facets of the performing arts for a variety of companies and events including The Arts Centre Melbourne, Midsumma Festival, St Kilda Festival, Apollo Bay Music Festival, Kingston Arts Centre and The Events Centre Sunshine Coast. Destry has also served on industry boards and advisory panels for organisations such as the Northern Australian Regional Performing Arts Centres Association, Australian Performing Arts Centres Association, Performing Arts Touring Alliance, Arts Industry Council of Victoria, Live Performance Australia, Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Queensland.

Anna Carroll

Precinct Transition Manager Anna has held various senior positions in a broad range of areas including sport, public infrastructure, health and human resources in both the government and not for profit sectors. Prior to commencing at The Arts Centre Gold Coat, Anna was the CEO of Netball Queensland, overseeing and delivering the nation’s largest women’s participation sport. During this time she was named a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards. Prior to Netball Queensland, Anna was the Project Director for the Gold Coast Light Rail project and was instrumental in one of the biggest public transport projects in the country, and the largest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. Anna holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Southern Queensland and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Queensland.

Communications & Visitor Services Manager

Sue-Anne moved to the Gold Coast in January 2010 to join The Arts Centre Gold Coast and thoroughly enjoys the Coast lifestyle. Sue-Anne’s portfolio includes managing the Marketing, Performing Arts, Customer Services and Cinema departments as well as ensuring the implementation of TACGC’s Innovative Reconciliation Action Plan.

Megan Connors

Development Manager Megan has established a strong career in the arts completing her formal studies at Queensland University of Technology in 1999, attaining a Bachelor of Arts degree (Dance). Her passion for the industry led her to work behind the scenes, fulfilling production, marketing, finance and events management roles for some of the most iconic arts organisations and events in Australia including; Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Queensland Ballet, Brisbane Powerhouse and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Her desire to help artists perform and showcase their work has propelled her career in fundraising, which has nurtured and developed many rewarding supporter relationships for the arts. Prior to The Arts Centre Gold Coast, her role as Development Director at Brisbane Powerhouse saw her responsible for raising over $1.3million support from philanthropic and corporate supporters each year. Megan grew up on the Gold Coast and then moved away to further her career. She was drawn back to the Gold Coast in early 2014 with her young family, to be a part of the formation of the Cultural Precinct.


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Executive Team

Michael Foster

Commercial Services Manager Having worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, Michael has served his share of tea and biscuits. Prior to moving to Queensland, he worked at Star City Casino in Sydney as Business Manager and Licensee. At the time, with its 11 bars, six restaurants, two hotel towers and nearly 1,000 employees in its Food and Beverage Division alone, it was the largest operation of its kind in Australia. His team devised and implemented what was to be considered industry best practise Responsible Service of Alcohol policy and was subsequently rolled out to casinos across the country. Following his move to the Gold Coast, Michael started with the Nifsan group. Predominantly a development company, Nifsan also owns two golf clubs on the Gold Coast - Emerald Lakes and The Villa. Michael was employed as the Operations Manager for The Villa which had a private membership base of only 100 and catered for nearly 100 weddings every year. From here Michael moved to Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club as Director Clubhouse Operations.

Ante’s portfolio includes managing all facets of facilities management which incorporates building and technical services, building compliance, capital works, information technology and asset management of The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Ante holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with Honours from the Victorian University in Melbourne.

John Walsh

Gallery Manager John has worked in the public gallery sector since the 1980s, with his first appointment being at the National Gallery of Australia in the Australian Art Department. In 1989, he became Assistant Director of Wollongong City Gallery, a position he held for seven years. Since 1996, he has been Gallery Manager of Gold Coast City Gallery and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland, having served as President for 14 years.

Now with The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Michael is generating new opportunities for financial growth with a focus on customer experiences not only within the Centre itself but around the entire Cultural Precinct.

Over the years John has curated and coordinated numerous exhibitions from a variety of sources. He has worked with artists engaged in a diverse range of media and in all stages of their careers and produced numerous publications including catalogues for many of the exhibitions with which he has been involved.

Ante Krajinovic

Lynda White

Precinct Services Manager

Corporate Services Manager

Ante has worked in the building services industry for over 17 years in various management and senior positions.

Lynda is a Member of the Governance Institute of Australia and holds professional qualifications in Corporate Governance as well as Public Administration, Management and Business Studies. Her managerial experience includes more than 33 years in finance, human resources, contract management, payroll, administration, company secretarial and customer services experience.

Prior to commencing at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Ante was the Technical Services Engineer of the Melbourne Cricket Club (MCC), which is responsible for managing the Melbourne Cricket Ground, one of the largest stadiums in the world. During his time at the MCC, Ante’s comprehensive experience and understanding of the service delivery process and all aspects of the management of building services ensured the venue was maintained to the highest of standards. Prior to working at the MCC, Ante was the national account manager for air-conditioning company, Airmaster Australia Pty Ltd and was responsible for delivering key building services to Australia and New Zealand Banking Corporation for five years. Initially from the Gold Coast, Ante was delighted to accept the position of Precinct Services Manager and joined the team in November 2014. He is glad to be back at his old stomping ground to relive his junior years.

Lynda joined The Arts Centre from the Commonwealth funded Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) based at Griffith University, where she was employed as General Manager, Corporate Services and prior to this role, as Business Manager. The Centre was closed on 30 September 2010 in accordance with the Commonwealth Agreement after 13 years of operation and two successful terms of funding. Prior to immigrating to Australia in 2001, from the UK, Lynda worked in local government for over 23 years, holding positions at management level for over 15 years and was departmental representative on various human resource and development working committees.


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Corporate Governance

The Arts Centre is the Gold Coast’s premier cultural facility, bringing visual and performing arts to residents of South East Queensland. The Arts Centre Gold Coast undertakes both commercial and non-commercial activities in the performing arts, gallery, cultural and entertainment sectors. The Arts Centre Gold Coast has entered into a Service Agreement with the Gold Coast City Council to undertake these activities. The Arts Centre Gold Coast provides a wide range of arts and cultural activities including free public programs to ratepayers and residents of the City of Gold Coast in compliance with Council’s Cultural Strategy. The commercial activities are undertaken in a highly competitive trading environment as well as providing a range of high quality operating services to hirers and patrons. The objectives of The Arts Centre Gold Coast are clearly outlined in its Constitution which are to:(a) produce, present, acquire and manage the performing, visual and community arts in the Gold Coast Arts Centre, its environs and any other venue; (b) facilitate the conduct of schools, lectures, courses, seminars or other forms of education in the performing, visual and community arts; (c) facilitate teaching, training and instructing persons and promote education, research and development in the performing, visual and community arts; (d) provide or assist in providing premises, equipment and expertise for the presentation of performing, visual and community arts and community activities; (e) promote and encourage public participation and interest in the performing, visual and community arts; (f) promote and encourage the knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the performing, visual and community arts; (g) establish and maintain commercial contracts, fund raising schemes, appropriate sponsorships and contra arrangements in order to minimise, where possible, the call on public funding; and (h) maintain and operate as a public art gallery the Gold Coast City Art Gallery.

In addition and via a Service Agreement, The Arts Centre Gold Coast is required by the City of Gold Coast to undertake certain activities in connection with the development of a Cultural Precinct, namely: • • •

actively participating in working groups, forums and the like administered and/or sanctioned by Council; providing appropriate expert and technical advice to Council; and undertaking relevant projects at Council’s request.

The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s Board of Directors is the body that controls The Arts Centre Gold Coast and has the ultimate responsibility to its members and stakeholders for the strategy and performance of The Arts Centre Gold Coast in general. The Board is dedicated to fulfilling these duties in a lawful and professional manner and with objectivity. As such, the Board actively pursues best practice governance processes. The Board of The Arts Centre Gold Coast is the custodian of the city’s art Collection, valued at approximately $24million and has management responsibility for activity at the Centre valued at approximately $12million. The Centre employs 40 permanent full time staff, 15 permanent part time staff and 72 casual and / or seasonal employees. The Board’s principal functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:• • • • • • •

Providing leadership to The Arts Centre Gold Coast Overseeing the development and implementation of an appropriate strategic direction Ensuring corporate accountability Overseeing control and accountability systems Ensuring robust and effective risk management, compliance and control systems (including legal compliance) are in place and operating effectively Being responsible for The Arts Centre Gold Coast’s leadership team and personnel Delegating appropriate powers to the General Manager, management and sub-committees of the Board


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Corporate Governance

People and Culture

The Board of Directors is comprised of eight members, one of which is a Councillor of the City of Gold Coast. The Board typically meets 11 times per year, with the Committees of the Board meeting up to six times per year. Committees comprise of members of the Board and management and make recommendations to the Board. The Board reports to the company’s sole shareholder, the Council of the City of Gold Coast, on a regular basis.

The Arts Centre Gold Coast considers the employment of every individual to be an important factor in the constant growth of the organisation. Employees are the most valuable resource available and management endeavours to supply its staff with optimal working conditions, ongoing support and focused direction whilst encouraging staff to contribute innovative and distinctive ideas towards all service aspects of The Arts Centre Gold Coast.

Committees of the Board are as follows:

Enterprise Agreement

• Finance & Audit Committee - responsible for the integrity of the Centre’s financial reporting and overseeing the independence of the external auditors, overseeing of the risk management systems and overseeing of development objectives • Gold Coast City Gallery Committee - responsible for overseeing the City Gallery, ensuring the provision of a diverse and engaging program of exhibitions and events to the community, as well as overseeing the development, maintenance and conservation of the City Collection • Marketing & Programming Committee - responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of strategic marketing and communications plans, ensuring the effective communications of image and brand, overseeing the initiation and delivery of a range of corporate partnerships, overseeing the provision of a balanced program of arts and entertainment as well as developing and delivering new programming initiatives • Governance Committee - responsible for overseeing the organisation’s governance framework and structure: - Risk Management – the culture processes and structures which support identification, measurement and management of risks - Compliance – the process of identifying and meeting obligations arising from law, standards, codes or stakeholder expectations - Ethics/Culture – overarching principles and rules which govern individuals and organisational behaviour, and also considers impact on society and environment including performance management and human resources policies and procedures

A new Enterprise Agreement was negotiated and agreed during 2014-2015 which will see The Arts Centre Gold Coast through until 2019. No days were lost through industrial disputes.

New policies

This year saw the introduction of a Compliance Obligation Framework and Register which provides a comprehensive list of all legislation and regulations which staff at The Arts Centre Gold Coast are required to comply with and meet as part of our good corporate governance practices.

Staff Satisfaction Survey

The 2015 Staff Satisfaction Survey revealed that the majority of staff enjoyed their job with 95% rating themselves as either satisfied or very satisfied. This remains unchanged from last year’s survey. A total of 99% of staff are either moderately proud or very proud to work at The Arts Centre Gold Coast, which is an increase of 2% compared to last year’s survey outcomes. Almost 92% of staff felt that The Arts Centre Gold Coast was either very flexible or somewhat flexible regarding family responsibilities of employees.

Business Continuity Plan

During 2014/2015, The Arts Centre Gold Coast documented existing processes and procedures into a Business Continuity Plan to ensure that it could continue its mission to entertain, inspire, inform and evoke passion for the arts by delivering quality programming, superior service and stimulating experiences via the critical operations identified in the Business Continuity Plan. The priority of this Plan is to ensure that staff and equipment are available, and processes and workarounds are robust, in order to respond to any business interruption that the Centre may suffer within determined timeframes. The impact of not being able to respond to any business interruption would be the inability to deliver essential services to our patrons and customers as well as the inability to maintain and keep safe the City of Gold Coast’s art Collection. Management of The Arts Centre Gold Coast run periodic scenario service disruption test trials to measure the robustness of the TACGC Business Continuity Plan.


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Reconciliation Action Plan

As part of our 2015 Season event in November 2014, we launched our Innovative Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) which covers the period 2014-2016.

Our Vision for Reconciliation

The Arts Centre Gold Coast is underpinned by values of integrity, creativity, inclusion, collaboration, recognition and excellence. We aim to utilise these core values in our efforts towards reconciliation. Over the years, we have built relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, particularly in the areas of performing and visual arts. We hope to continue to work closely with key stakeholders to enhance these relationships as well as develop a better understanding of how we can play an integral role in the community.

Our RAP

Our Innovate RAP has raised awareness with our stakeholders, both internally and externally, to ensure there is shared understanding and ownership of our RAP within our organisation. Development of our future RAPs will involve consultation with staff across our organisation including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and/or stakeholders to achieve our vision for reconciliation in building stronger relationships, greater mutual respect and opportunities for Australia’s First Peoples. Our RAP Working Group meets at least twice per year to discuss the implementation of the plan and ways in which we can achieve its outcomes. Our first report to Reconciliation Australia will be submitted in September 2015.

Photo credit: Jo-Anne Driessens


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Reconciliation Action Plan

Relationships

The Arts Centre Gold Coast respects all cultures and individuals and prides itself on offering something for everyone. We are excited to enhance existing, and build new, relationships with Australia’s First Peoples so that our organisation and the Gold Coast community can continue to learn and grow with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. As part of this, TACGC arranged for an elder to attend during National Reconciliation Week to provide staff and the public with an informative talk on the history of the immediate area surrounding the Cultural Precinct, which included childhood memories of fishing and swimming in the Nerang River and respecting the surrounding land. Further, we have developed a database of established and emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to perform within the Centre as well as display their visual art. As part of NAIDOC week 2014, we secured a suite of short and feature length films through the Black Screen program, which provides free on-loan access to a collection of Indigenous films for community screening. We also engaged with the local Yugambeh community to facilitate a community screening of Charlie’s Country in August 2014, which was widely attended and hosted the launch of the NRL Rugby League All Stars. Our connection with the Aboriginal community has seen an increase in attendances within the Indigenous community.

Indegenous All Stars with local community member Maureen Newton. Photo credit: Jo-Anne Driessens

Respect

As the arts and cultural hub of the Gold Coast, The Arts Centre Gold Coast promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual and performing arts in its galleries and theatre stage. We embrace First Australian peoples’ histories and cultures as being the cornerstone in providing a genuine Australian experience for our local, national and international patrons. We believe reconciliation is a fundamental step towards Australia’s First Peoples and the broader Australian coming together and mutually respecting each other’s needs for a long and prosperous future together. A Welcome to Country often forms part of many event openings as a mark of respect. Of note were the Welcome to Country ceremonies performed at the premiere of The New Black, the opening of the War and Peace and East Coast Encounter exhibitions, as well as at the opening of the Gold and Greenstone exhibition, which saw the merging of two Indigenous cultures. Further, as part of our commitment to engage employees in cultural learning, we offered opportunities for staff to attend cultural awareness training and informed staff of our RAP during our induction program.


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Reconciliation Action Plan

Opportunities

The Arts Centre Gold Coast encourages all staff to have the same opportunities to progress within our organisation, and for there to be awareness among staff of the broader Australian community about the issues and challenges faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. The Arts Centre Gold Coast also wishes for all members of the Australian community to culturally benefit from their experience with The Arts Centre Gold Coast through our showcasing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visual and performing arts programs, and further, to benefit from economic opportunities which may become available. A second Emerging Artist Camp was held on the northern end of South Stradbroke Island in April 2015, whereby 13 chosen artists spent one week together to undertake a rigorous program of making both visual and performing art that involved historical and personal research, under the guidance of two Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. Textile and film artists also formed part of this group, which showcased their talent on an industry-emergent day. Further, at the time of writing this report, TACGC employed one part-time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander employee as well as one school-based trainee. The Arts Centre Gold Coast gratefully acknowledges the support of Bond University as the presenting Partner of our Indigenous Program for 2015.

Michael Aird and Maureen Newton launch Saltwater Country with exhibition partners Museum and Galleries Queensland and Tony Gaboski, Chair of the Australian Council. Photo credit: Jo-Anne Driessens


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Financial Summary 2014/2015

2014/2015 Council Funding / Operational Income

• Operational Income • GCCC Contribution

73% 27%

2014/2015 Creative Income / Commercial Income

• Creative Income • Comercial Income

18% 82%


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Financial Summary 2014/2015

2014/2015 Operational Income by Department

• Functions & events

• Cinema • Performing Arts • Technical Services • Customer Services • Development Office • Gallery • Administration • Building Services • Front of House • Marketing • Cultural Precinct

43.06% 17.37% 14.86% 8.57% 4.77% 2.20% 2.16% 1.98% 1.95% 1.72% 0.71% 0.65%

2014/2015 Operational Expenditure by Department

• Functions & events

• Performing Arts • Building Services • Administration • Cinema • Marketing • Gallery • Technical Services • Customer Services • Development Office • Front of House • Cultural Precinct

29.66% 14.38% 10.26% 10.18% 9.07% 7.00% 6.62% 5.47% 3.31% 2.22% 1.34% 0.48%


ACQUISITIONS 2014-2015

Alex Seaton. The Last Resort 1 and 2. 2014


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Acquisitions

The following works were acquired from the 29th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award 2014

William YANG Diaries 2013-2015 2015 archival inkjet print 30 x 90cm

Helen FULLER Distilled life 2014 terracotta, hand coiled, underglaze, slip 32 x 10cm; 27 x 22 x 9.5cm

Lydia WEGNER Wobble 2015 archival inkjet print 80 x 60cm

Niharika HUKKU Summer sky 2014 porcelain 13.5cm Niharika HUKKU Dark sky 2014 porcelain 16cm John STEWART Power lines and cockatoos 2014 earthenware, glass, anodised aluminium, decal 23 x 10 x 8cm Caroline WALKER-GRIME Fading memories - clearing out Mum’s Goss collection 2014 porcelain 70 x 70 x 12cm Vipoo SRIVILASA Battle of old and new power 2012 porcelain 19 x 20 x 30cm Winner, 29th Gold Coast International Ceramic Award 2014

Gerwyn DAVIES Paradise 2014 digital print 100 x 100cm CLARK BEAUMONT Love I and II 2014 digital type C photographs 82 x 236cm Adri Valery WENS Bagong 2014 archival inkjet print 100 x 100cm Owen LEONG Mudra 2014 pigment print on archival cotton paper 120 x 120cm Winner, 2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award The following works were acquired from the Gold Coast Art Prize 2014 Deborah WALKER The phone 2013 oil on board, two panels 36 x 29.5cm each

The following works were acquired from the 2015 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award

Yao ZHANG Selfie-In front of a Chinese painting 2013 linocut on paper 37 x 28cm (comp); 51.5 x 42.5cm (frame)

Louis LIM Ali 2014 archival inkjet print 100 x 80cm

Prudence FLINT Bathroom 2014 oil on linen 107 x 91.5 cm

Greg FULLERTON Home school for foreigners 2013 pencil on paper 21 x 54cm (comp); 28.7 x 62cm (frame) Sonia LEBER & David CHESWORTH We are printers too 2013 HD Video 16 mins Winner, Gold Coast Art Prize 2015 The following works were purchased with a generous donation by the Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (ADFAS) Gold Coast Inc. 2014 Albert TUCKER Springbrook (1973) watercolour, ink and charcoal on paper 18 x 26cm (comp); 47 x 53cm (frame) Albert TUCKER Springbrook 1974 watercolour and pencil on paper 11 x 16.5cm (comp); 41 x 44cm (frame) Albert TUCKER Springbrook 1973 watercolour on paper 18 x 26cm (comp); 47 x 53cm (frame) The following works were purchased through the generous support of our Benefactors, 2014 Anna CAREY Star Dust 2014 photograph 79cm x 118cm Bruce REYNOLDS House and Garden 2014 plaster and lino and paint on plywood panel 74 x 114cm

Elaine CAMPANER Point Danger 2013 Gicleé print on paper 120 x 80cm (sheet) Rebecca ROSS A haven is happiness 2014 collage with archival maps on board 61.5 x 84.5cm Kelly HUSSEY-SMITH & Alan HILL Peter Strong, from the series All But Three Christmases 2014 archival inkjet print on paper 101.6 x 81.3cm Andrew SUGGIT ARVON - 72 Albatross Avenue, Mermaid Beach 4218 2014 archival prints on Museo Portfolio Rag 55 x 55cm (image); 60 x 60cm (frame) Andrew SUGGIT MIAMI MOTEL - 2117 Gold Coast Highway. 4220 2014 archival prints and synthetic polymer paint on Museo Portfolio Rag 55 x 55cm (image); 60 x 60cm (frame) Andrew SUGGIT SURF APARTMENTS - 51 Hayle street. Burleigh Heads. 4220 2014 archival prints on Museo Portfolio Rag 55 x 55cm (image); 60 x 60cm (frame)

Claudio CHIRAC Born to Concrete Series 2014 thirty-two digital prints on paper 30.5 x 45.5cm (each sheet)


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The following works were purchased H.C. SIMPSON Kirra Hill 1946 watercolour and pencil on paper 28 x 49.5cm (comp); 43.5 x 65cm (frame) Patricia PRENTICE Currumbin Creek 1938 watercolour on paper 25 x 33cm (comp); 48.5 x 53.5cm (frame) Elaine CAMPANER Fibro Coast 2013 GicleĂŠ print on paper 120 x 80cm (sheet) Brian ROBINSON August 23rd 1898 2012 etching 49.5 x 98 (comp); 80 x 120cm Matthew SLEETH Heavenly Valley (Mount Hotham) 2011 type C photograph 186 x 232cm Anna CAREY Sunset place 2012 photograph 79cm x 118cm Rebecca ROSS Down by the peaceful sea where the atmosphere is exhilarating 2014 collage with archival maps on board 61.5 x 84.5cm (frame) Vernon AH KEE wegrewhere #3 2009 digital print on fujiflex 76 x 114cm William MACKINNON Lull 2014 oil on canvas 260 x 130cm

Megan PULS Bloom 2014 mixed media variable Ben RAK In Culture After Culture 2013 Single-chanel HD video, colour, sound, 4min 20sec Ben RAK Performance Anxiety 3 2013 synthetic polymer paint silkscreen on aluminium panel 120 x120cm Ben RAK Performance Anxiety 4 2013 synthetic polymer paint silkscreen on aluminium panel 240 x 120 cm Nanda ORMOND The Life of M.P. 2012 watercolour and ink on paper 111 x 87cm (image); 180 x 93cm (frame) Alex SETON Last Resort 1 and 2 2014 carved Wombeyan marble The following works were donated by Brenda Colahan under the Cultural Gifts Program Kathleen PETYARRE Mountain Devil Lizard Dreaming 2009 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 122 x 124cm Judy WATSON NAPANGARDI Mina Mina Dreaming 2010 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 174 x 117cm Makinti NAPANANGKA Lupulnga: Rockholes Dreaming 2006 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 150 x 196cm

Willy TJUNGURRAYI Snake Dreaming 2008 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 193 x 289cm The following works were donated by Chris Simon under the Cultural Gifts Program Naata NUNGURRAYI Untitled 2008 synthetic polymer paint on linen 183 x 244cm Yinarupa NANGALA Untitled 2008 synthetic polymer paint on linen 485 x 244cm Ray James TJANGALA Untitled 2008 synthetic polymer paint on linen 485 x 244cm

Clifford Possum TJAPALTJARRI Two Tjangala Men Dreaming 2000 synthetic polymer paint on canvas Mick NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI Marsupial Mouse Dreaming 1998 synthetic polymer paint on canvas Mick NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI Bush Tucker Dreaming 1998 synthetic polymer paint on canvas Mick NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI Marsupial Mouse Dreaming 1998 synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Naata NUNGURRAYI Untitled 2008 synthetic polymer paint on linen 183 x 244cm

Turkey Tolson TJUPURRULA Spear Straightening 1998 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 180 x 212cm

The following works were donated by Craig Edwards under the Cultural Gifts Program

Naata NUNGURRAYI Marrapinti 2002 synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Long Tom TJAPANANGKA Ayers Rock 2002 synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Mick Namarari TJAPALTJARRI Tungimpa (Mouse Dreaming) 1997 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 206 x 110cm

Clifford Possum TJAPALTJARRI Lightening Dreaming 1999 synthetic polymer paint on canvas Naata NUNGURRAYI Untitled 2008 synthetic polymer paint on linen 183 x 244cm

Mick Namarari TJAPALTJARRI Untitled 1997 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 152 x 122cm


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Dorothy NAPANGARDI Tali Tjuta (Many Sandhills) 2010 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 183 x 244cm Dorothy NAPANGARDI Bush Banana 2004 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 170 x 295cm Ningura NAPURRULA Untitled 2008 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 183 x 244cm Clifford Possum TJAPALTJARRI Lake Napperby Dreaming 1999 synthetic polymer paint on canvas Mick NAMARARI TJAPALTJARRI Marsupial Mouse Dreaming 1998 synthetic polymer paint on canvas Clifford Possum TJAPALTJARRI (Two Tjangala Men) 2000 synthetic polymer paint on two canvases Emily KAME KNGWARREYE (Yam Dreaming) 1996 synthetic polymer paint on canvas Clifford Possum TJAPALTJARRI Corkwood Dreaming 1999 synthetic polymer paint on canvas

The following works were donated by Denis Savill under the Cultural Gifts Program Brett WHITELEY Vincent 1982 three colour etching, collage 211 x 91.5cm Sidney NOLAN Carcass 1952 (printed 1975-85) gelatin silver photograph 37.5 x 47.8cm Sidney NOLAN Carcass 1952 (printed 1975-85) gelatin silver photograph 47.8 x 37.5cm Sidney NOLAN Paradise Garden series 1968 crayon, ripolin on paper 30 x 25cm Sidney NOLAN Paradise Garden series 1970 crayon, ripolin on paper 29.5 x 24cm Sidney NOLAN Central Australian landscape 1981 oil on composition board 91.5 x 122cm Sidney NOLAN Himalayas - Silk Road c1986 spray enamel on canvas 183 x 160cm Jean BELLETTE Rift Valley 1974 oil and on canvas 89 x 120cm Brett WHITELEY Garden in Rome 1982 three colour etching, collage 211 x 91.5cm

Ray CROOKE Dinghy Sorrento Front Beach oil on artist board 22 x 29.5cm Ray CROOKE Sorrento Front Beach oil on artist board 22 x 30cm Ray CROOKE Sorrento Front Beach II oil on artist board 24.5 x 29.5cm Francis LYMBURNER The Lovers oil on canvas 39 x 49.5cm John SANTRY Bass Player 1960 oil on canvasboard 42.5 x 32cm Jean BELLETTE Allegorical landscape c1980 oil on paper on board 31 x 38cm The following works were donated by Felicity Fenner under the Cultural Gifts Program

The following works were donated by Joseph Ades, Daniel Dexter, Leslie Feiglin, Karl Ginsburg and Hyman Sharp under the Cultural Gifts Program Alun LEACH JONES The observatory No.3 bronze 22 x 20 x 27cm John BEARD The heads watercolour on paper 18 x 35cm John BEARD The abbey watercolour on paper 22 x 28cm Peter COLE Landscape and interior gouache on paper 90 x 138cm Ken JOHNSON Right turn oil on canvas 90 x 120cm Louis KAHAN Remembering Paris in the rain etching 41 x 59cm

Rodney POPLE Florence 2004 oil on board 110.5 x 100.0cm

Peter SCHIPPERHEYN Metamorphosis bronze

Rodney POPLE Studio 4 2011 oil and pigment ink on linen 133 x 200cm

Peter COLE Through the window painted steel 84 x 60 x 28cm

Rodney POPLE Dear old sour mug 2004 oil on board 90.5 x 80.0cm Rodney POPLE Red sun 2008 oil, watercolour and photographic media on paper 70 x150cm (comp); 140.5 x 1290cm (frame)


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The following collection of bookplates was donated by Katherine Littlewood under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2014 Allan JORDAN Ex Libris Andrew Doris Tyler, David Woolley, Alan Wambeek (x2), S.V.Hagley, Jane Boleyn, Helen Manifold, Margaret Marriott, Douglas Hemingway, J.D.Collie, Eileen Fairley (x2), V.S.Hewett, Russell. F. Wright and Margaret Lyall Bev AISBETT Ex Libris Robert Littlewood 1990 David FRAZER Ex Libris Tony Irving, Edwin Jewell, Katherine Littlewood, Catlin.E.Littlewood, Robert Littlewood, John Hart, Leigh Hobbs and Pro Hart Hilary PAYNTER Ex Libris Robert.C.Littlewood Lionel LINDSAY Ex Libris Keith Wingrove (x2), K. Brian. Stonier, Robert C. Littlewood Norman LINDSAY Ex Libris Keith Wingrove (x4), Mary Wingrove, Francis Crossle Vane LINDESAY Ex Libris Nancy Johnson, Betty and Jeff Bidgood (x2), Nancy Johnson (x3), Peter Gram, Pamela Keating, Edwin Jewell

Andrew SIBLEY Ex Libris Douglas Stewart, Fr.Bob McGuire, Andrew Sibley, John Thwaites, Robert C. Littlewood (x2), Edwin Jewell (x2), Julian Burnside, Goodwin Bradbeer, Penny Ziakas, Robert Juniper, Irena Sibley, John Olsen, Gary Shearston, Patrick Corrigan, Jack Ayerbe, Rachael Rovay, Rodney Hall, Wendy Stavrianos, Patrick Hutchings and Geoffrey Ricardo Irena SIBLEY Ex Libris Jackie Yowell, Charles Blackman, Barry Jones, Edwin Jewell (x2), Andrew Sibley, Garry James, Charles Blackman (x2), David Corrigan, K.Littlewood, Mirka Mora, Helen James (x2), Irena Sibley and Karal Anne Marling Benadict SIBLEY Ex Libris Edwin Jewell (x2) Pro HART Ex Libris Robert Littlewood John Alexander Thomas SHIRLOW Ex Libris R.M.Chirnside and R.H.Croll (Solvitur Ambulando) Robbie HAMSWORTH Ex Libris Katherine Littlewood (x2) Vernon Samuel Charles JONES Ex Libris T.Russell Lloyd Frank-Ivo van DAMME Ex Libris Edwin Jewell Wesley PENBERTHY Ex Libris Keith Wingrove

The following works were donated by Maria Vyalkova under the Cultural Gifts Program Ngoia NAPALTJARRI POLLARD Swamps West of Nyirripi 2008 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 590 × 208cm Ngoia NAPALTJARRI POLLARD Swamps West of Nyirripi 2005 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 200 × 145cm The following works were donated by Michael Hobbs under the Cultural Gifts Program Peter KINGSTON Flash Flood 1991 oil and charcoal on canvas 45.5 x 45.5cm (comp); 47.5 x 47.3cm (frame) Russell DRYSDALE (On the road to Hay) c1944 pen and ink on paper 16 x 19cm (comp); 37.5 x 39.2cm (frame) Tim MAGUIRE The wide brown plain 1985 oil on board 121 x 185cm The following works were donated by Patrick Corrigan AM under the Cultural Gifts Program Willy TJUNGURRAYI Sand Hills & Hail Storms 2005 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 180 x 120cm

Judy NAPANGARDI WATSON Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) 2005 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 180 x 150cm George WARD TJUNGARRAYI Tingari Cycle 2007 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 203 x 184cm Makinti NAPANANGKA Women’s Dreaming at Lulpulnga 2004 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 122 x 150cm George WARD TJUNGARRAYI Tingari Cycle 2005 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 130 x 45cm Walala TJAPALTJARRI Tingari Cycle 2007 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 191 x 122cm Thomas TJAPALTJARRI Tingari Cycle 2006 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 90 x 90cm Peg Leg TJAMPITJINPA Tingari Cycle 2006 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 178 x 149cm Peg Leg TJAMPITJINPA Tingari Cycle 2005 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 121 x 92cm


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Paddy Japaljarri STEWART Yanjilingi Jukurrpa (Native Red Fuschia Dreaming) 2006 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 152 x 76cm Minnie PWERLE Awelye - Atnwengerrp 2005 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 120 x 90cm Josie PETRICK My Country synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 142 x 204cm Naata NUNGURRAYI Untitled 2004 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 150 x 150cm Ningura NAPURULLA Ngaminya 2007 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 150 x 90cm Ningura NAPURULLA Ngaminya 2007 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 148 x 90cm Lily KELLY NAPANGARDI Sand Hills synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 181 x 121cm Talmuty Helen McCARTHY Wanga synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 118 x 96cm

Abie LOY Body paint design 2005 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 204 x 136cm Ningura NAPURULLA Ngaminya 2008 synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 150 x 90cm Nyakul DAWSON Wati Kutjara synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas 178 x 137.5cm The following works were donated by Tom and Evan Lowenstein and Adam Micmacher under the Cultural Gifts Program Sarah FAULKNER View of studio 2 oil on canvas 123 x 152cm Sarah FAULKNER Still life with blue jug etching 70 x 50cm Jil NOBLE The arrival of the Massey Ferguson synthetic polymer paint on canvas 48 x 118cm Gordon RICHARDS Brunch oil on canvas 101 x 122cm Mel O’CALLAGHAN photograph

Roslyn PIGGOTT Night eye 10 photographs 35 x 48cm Robert McLAUREN Rough weather at the inlet oil on linen 74 x 100cm Mark HOWSON Reclining bather oil on linen 86 x 101cm John BAIRD Landscape oil on board 90 x 120cm The following works were donated under the Cultural Gifts Program as listed Tom RISLEY Book 1997 97 x 107cm Gift under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2015 Tim MAGUIRE Untitled (1987) oil on canvas 137 x 197.5cm Gift under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2015 Samantha EVERTON Grace from the vintage doll series 2010 pigment ink in rag paper 90 x 108cm Gift of Anthea Polson under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2014 Angelina PWERLE Bush plum 2009 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 200 x 42cm (comp); 202.3 x 44.3cm (frame) Gift of Bill Nuttall and Annette Reeves under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2014

Jim THALASSOUDIS A Lost Connection 2013 oil on linen 111 x 137 cm Gift of Dianne Gall under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2015 David SERISIER Red Ellipse Painting 2014 oil & wax on linen 183.545.5cm Gift of Dr Gerry Markezinis under the Cultural Gifts Program, 2015 The following works were donated by the artists under the Cultural Gifts Program Linde IVIMEY St Petroc 2008 acrylic resin, dyed cotton, natural fibre, acrylic fibre, found objects, woven chicken vertebrate, turkey and chicken bones, bat-winged coral tree seeds 48 x37 x 35cm Linde IVIMEY Premier 2009 steel armature, acrylic resin, dyed cotton and silk, natural and acrylic fibre, cast and natural sheep, turkey and chicken bones, earth, pearls 64 x 47 x 45cm Linde IVIMEY lce Warriors version 2: Badge 2011 steel armature, acrylic resin, dyed cotton, natural fibre, found object and chicken bones 47 x 20 x 15cm


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Linde IVIMEY lce Warriors version 2: McLean 2012 steel armature, acrylic resin, dyed cotton, natural fibre, found object, chicken and fish bones 45 x 15 x 14cm

Linde IVIMEY Crocodilia 2002 steel armature, acrylic resin, cotton, natural and acrylic fibre, earth, seed pods, sheep, turkey and chicken bones 16 x 120 x 44cm

Linde IVIMEY lce Warriors version 2: Stillwell 2011 steel armature, acrylic resin, dyed cotton, natural fibre, found object, chicken and quail bones 49 x 20 x 14cm

Linde IVIMEY He who rules 2006 steel armature, wood, dyed cotton, human hair, woven bird bones, pearls, amethyst and peridot 46 x 39 x 57cm

Linde IVIMEY Scott’s Ponies version 2 2012 lint, wood, natural fibre, cast and natural duck, chicken and quail bones, dyed silk hair 20 x 28 x 37cm Linde IVIMEY St Ninoc 2012 steel armature, acrylic resin, dyed cotton, natural fibre, turkey, sheep and chicken bones, teeth, hair, feathers and found objects 110 x 40 x 30cm Linde IVIMEY Snap Out of lt! 2013 suitcase, felt, hair, champagne tops, steel, lint, LED lights, natural and cast chicken and quail bones 35 x 31 x 31cm Linde IVIMEY ln The Shallows 2013 acrylic resin, steel, woven vertebrate, dyed cotton and shellac 126 x 45 x 45cm

Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby # 20 2006 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Tagged #12 2004 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby # 18 2006 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Feet #17 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby # 16 2006 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Feet #6 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby # 15 2006 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Feet #5 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby # 14 2006 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Feet #3 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby # 11 2006 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Feet #2 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby # 4 2005 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Feet #1 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Red China #28 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby # 3 2005 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Red China #2 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby # 2 2005 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Women In Uniform #6 2004 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Red China #10 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby # 1 2005 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm

Matthew SLEETH Red China #7 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Matthew SLEETH Red China #8 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm

Linde IVIMEY Ataman 2005 steel armature, cast acrylic resin, organic string fibre woven with emu feathers, cotton fibre, dyed cotton, chicken, turkey and kangaroo bones 95 x 30 x 29cm Mavis NGALLAMETTA Birds on rocks at Ikalath 2012 ochres and charcoal with synthetic polymer paint binder on linen 199 x 125.3cm

Matthew SLEETH Women In Uniform #2 2004 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm Matthew SLEETH Women In Uniform #1 2004 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm


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Acquisitions

Matthew SLEETH Illumination Circus, Takashimaya (Tokyo) 2005 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm Matthew SLEETH Tagged #16 2004 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm Matthew SLEETH Tagged #14 2004 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm Matthew SLEETH Tagged #8 2004 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm Matthew SLEETH Tagged #7 2004 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm Matthew SLEETH Tagged #6 2004 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby #6 2005 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm Matthew SLEETH Tagged #15 2004 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm Matthew SLEETH Feet #21 2002 type C photograph 123 x 148 cm Matthew SLEETH Kawaii Baby #12 2006 type C photograph 50 x 61 cm Ildiko KOVACS From the centre 2013 oil on board 180 x 180cm

James DRINKWATER The last supper with bruised flowers on the table 2013 oil, charcoal, aerosol, and collage on hardboard 180 x 122.5cm (board); 182 x 123.8cm (frame) James DRINKWATER She wants stillness 2013 oil, charcoal, aerosol, and collage on hardboard 180 x 122.5cm (board); 182 x 123.8cm (frame) Louise PARAMOR Going south 2015 collage, gloss enamel paint on paper 160 x 104cm (image); 181 x 123cm (frame) Louise PARAMOR Shuffle #5 2013 oil enamel on glass 57 x 40cm Louise PARAMOR Shuffle #3 2013 oil enamel on glass 57 x 40cm Louise PARAMOR Blue Snake 2001 honeycomb paper variable Louise PARAMOR To Tame a Wild Heart 2001 towel with embroidered text 78 x 152cm Louise PARAMOR The Millionaire’s Mistress 2001 towel with embroidered text 147 x 74cm Joanna BRAITHWAITE Get Lucky 2011 oil on canvas 198 x 198cm

Joanna BRAITHWAITE Horse Bookies 2012 oil on canvas 152 x 213cm

Jim THALASSOUDIS Going Home 2010 oil on linen 122 x 167 cm

Neil FRAZER Link 2013 synthetic polymer paint on canvas 198 x 198.5cm

Peter COOLEY Swans 2 2012-2013 earthenware 45 x 40 x 40cm

Neil FRAZER Green Split 2008 oil, synthetic polymer paint and shellac on canvas 152.7 x 152.5cm (image); 156 x 156cm (frame)

Peter COOLEY Maquette for Tree with Busted Guts and Galahs 2009 earthenware 41 x 21 x 42cm

Neil FRAZER Rising red 2004 oil and shellac on canvas 183 x 151.5cm

Peter COOLEY View from Princess Lookout 2004 earthenware 63 x 50 x 45cm

Sandra LEVESON Arpeggio 1993 synthetic polymer paint on linen 150 x 210cm

Fiona LOWRY Come in now closer synthetic polymer paint on canvas 167 x 137cm

Sandra LEVESON Optic Series C 1971 oil, synthetic polymer paint on canvas 166 x 250cm

Adam RISH A Shadow of a Doubt 1989 hand woven wool 200 x 140 cm

Emma WALKER Walk the line 2013 oil on linen 160 x 180cm Yvonne AUDETTE Calligraphic landscape 2002 oil on plywood 127cm x 101.5cm (comp); 131 x 106cm (frame) Yvonne AUDETTE Lines on the sea wall 2008 oil on plywood 91.5 x 121.5cm (comp); 96 x 126cm (frame) Yvonne AUDETTE The flooded landscape 2008 oil on plywood 85 x 99.5cm (comp); 89.5 x 104.5cm (frame)

Adam RISH & I Wayan SUMANTRA Erl King / Raja Peri 2010 albesea wood, wax variable The following works were donated by the artists Elaine CAMPANER Esplanade Southport 2014 gicleé print on paper 53cm x 35cm Elaine CAMPANER Tugun 2013 gicleé print on paper 53cm x 35cm Elaine CAMPANER Marine Parade 2013 gicleé print on paper 53cm x 35cm


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Acquisitions

Elaine CAMPANER Kirra Hill Ashtray 2013 gicleé print on paper 53cm x 35cm Elaine CAMPANER Narrowneck 2013 gicleé print on paper 53cm x 35cm (sheet) Elaine CAMPANER Greenmount 1922 2014 gicleé print on paper 53cm x 35cm

Christopher McKENZIE Alternative Deference 2014 mixed media 193 x163cm Yi-Wen KEN Specimen digestion 2014 stoneware slip, underglaze, epoxy, glass 15 x 45 x 18cm The following works were donated as listed

Elaine CAMPANER Tweed Heads from Razorback 2013 gicleé print on paper 53cm x 35cm

Mona RYDER Fran’s Dreams 1990 oil on canvas 110cmx 105cm Gift of Fran Cummings 2014

Elaine CAMPANER Greenmount from Coolangatta 2013 gicleé print on paper 53cm x 35cm

Jack CARRINGTON SMITH (Portrait of a woman) oil on canvas 91.5 x 76.5cm Gift of Jan Deal, 2015

Elaine CAMPANER Boyds Bridge 2013 gicleé print on paper 120cm x 80cm

David COLLINS Banded iron 2014 oil on board 53 x 56.5cm (image); 55.5 x 5935cm (frame) Gift of Bedford Framing, 2015

Ian SMITH Truck load 0405 give me the drum 2014 watercolour, pencil and gouache on paper 50.5 x 73.5cm (comp); 62 x 80cm (frame) Richard MORECROFT Standley archival pigment ink on photographic paper 96.5 x 31cm (comp); 125 x 50.5cm (frame) Bruce REYNOLDS Emergent 2014 cement sheet, lino, plaster 90 x 135cm


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Volunteers The Arts Centre Gold Coast would like to acknowledge the following individuals who have committed to delivering memorable artistic experiences to the Gold Coast community through generously volunteering their time and expertise. As at 30 June 2015, there were 164 Volunteers across the Gallery, Theatre, Marketing and Cinema.

Monica Bailey Lurline Bament Marjolyn Barnett Todd Barwick Sue Bennetts Megan Bentley Judy Bewicke Ingrid Breusch Esme Bryce Jan Bunning Veronica Burns Faye Bustin Carole Byron Kerry Campbell David Carter Shirley Cassar Joe Cassar Dianne Cecil Mike Cecil Lynda Cheshire Wendy Clark Germain Colamarino Zoe Constantinou Sylvia Cope Jan Craik Hiroko Cullen Andrea Curtis Bernadette Daniel Meg Davies Helen Dearlove Avril Dell Jean Di Benedetto Barbara Doran Grace Dykstra Claire Easther Eva Ebert Merv Ebert Grace Fabris Norman Fizell Barry Frith Carolyn Frogley Shizu Fuji Elizabeth Gero Barbara Goldner Grace Dykstra Claire Easther Eva Ebert Merv Ebert Grace Fabris Norman Fizell Carolyn Frogley Shizu Fuji Elizabeth Gero Barbara Goldner Trish Halligan

Marina Hamilton-Craig Ros Hardy Anne Harris Beverley Harris Helene Harrison Kay Hawker Helen Hill Chwee Hovarth John & Suzanne Hudson Pat Hunter Sam Hutson Kathy Jobsz Kathie Johnston Lorraine Johnston Paul Johnston Nicholas Jolly Michael Jones Paul Kachel Corrine Kenway Daniel King Norma Kingsley-Smith Gay Kingston Ann Krebs Lois Kuip Bernadette Lack Melissa Larson Shirley Lew Susie Longton Dianne Lonnquist Laraine Lord Mary Macaulay Kevina Mackechnie Dena Maddick Sue Marshall Margaret McColl Debra McGinniskin Debra McGiniski Margaret McKellar Jennifer McKellar Judith McLean Lorraine McLean Judith Mecoles Tony Meier Patsy Meyer Martyn & Claire Milne Therese Mitchell Ingrid Miu Jennifer Moss Alison Mullery Elenor Murray Margaret Nagy Dianne Nicol Lois O’Connor Pacita Owen Mary Oxenford

Wendy Pangrazio Helen Paris Narelle Peck Robyne Peebles Marella Pettinato Margaret Phillips Jenny Phillis Barbara Powell Pamela Railey Gayle Reichelt Joy Reilly Tatiana Richardson Elizabeth Rintel Moya Rix Thelma Rose Judy Rosemonte Judy Roulstone Topaz Ruston Jo Ryder Gail Savage Helene Sawyer Cathy Scanlon Marymay Simpson Dusanka Soskic Michele Soulard Elaine Speedie Rob Speedie Lynne Staddon Joylene Stanley Graham Stephenson Sue Stuart Betty Surman Gloria Swannell Jessica Syme Annette Thiedeke Caroline Thom Blaire Thomson Lovigia Tillotson Sylvia Triankalis Marilyn Vandenberg Karon Vick Glenda Wagner Rosemary Wallis Samantha Walsh Judy Warren Lynne Weedon Letitia Whitmore Diana Willemsen Gigi Wilson Sally Wright Angus & Ronel Wilson Eleanor Woodforth Margaret Yeadon


74 | The Arts Centre Gold Coast | Annual Report 2014-2015 | Highlights

Highlights

Boston Marriage

Swing on This

La Bohème

Cinderella


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Highlights

Wombat Stew

39 Steps

MAY 2014 Carnival of the Animals

• LAKE • Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow • The Deep • One Night of Queen • The Wiggles – Apples & Bananas Tour

One Day of the Year


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