Gold Coast City Gallery - Art Collector

Visitors to Gold Coast City Gallery at the recent Fibro Coast exhibition. Photo: Natalie Elholm

Opened in 1986, Gold Coast City Gallery is part of The Arts Centre Gold Coast. The gallery’s mission is to provide quality exhibitions and facilities for the people of the Gold Coast, encouraging broader participation in the visual arts.

The collection

Gold Coast City Gallery has more than 5000 works in its permanent collection, with its four major strengths being Australian art, Indigenous Australian art, Gold Coast culture, and beach culture. These collections document the character of the Gold Coast and the development of Australian art practice.

The Gold Coast City Gallery presents a diverse program of exhibitions and educational programs, including workshops, artist talks and the popular Art After Dark.

The gallery is renowned for their City Collection of contemporary and historical artworks, with the most prominent acquisition being the purchase of
The Rainforest by William Robinson following winning the Wynne Prize Landscape win in 1990. Another highlight in the Collection is Gordon Bennett’s Terra Nullius, an artwork deriving from a body of work that addresses Australia’s colonial past.

Exhibition highlights

Upcoming highlights include The Gold Coast Art Prize, running from 6 December 2014 to 8 February 2015; the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, running from 28 March 2015 to 10 May 2015; and Graham Burstow photographs, exhibiting from 24 October 2015 to 6 December 2015.

The gallery also displays touring exhibitions
East Coast Encounter, which runs from 25 April 2015 to 7 June 2015; and We Don’t Need A Map, which exhibits from 12 September 2015 to 1 November 2015.

Art awards

Gold Coast City Gallery presents a strong program of art awards catering to a variety of artists and art media.

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award is a $20,000 acquisitive prize, and considered one of the most important annual surveys of contemporary Australian photographic practice.

The Gold Coast Art Prize is one of Australia’s longest running art prizes and showcases contemporary art practice from across Australia. The annual prize is open to all Australian artists working in any art media excluding photography. There is a total of $30,000 for acquisitions.

The Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award is a biennial award for ceramic artists from around the world. The major prize is $10,000 and up to $5,000 for acquisitions.

Another biennial is the Border Art Prize, which celebrates the diversity and abundance of artists in South East Queensland and New South Wales North Coast. The prize is shared between Tweed River Art Gallery and Gold Coast City Art Gallery and is held at these venues in alternate years.


Friends of the Art Centre Gold Coast have regular social activities for members, who can also enjoy discounts at The Arts Centre. Visit the website for more information.

Visitor information

Gold Coast City Gallery offers visitors the following facilities:
  • Three exhibition spaces
  • Cinema
  • Theatre
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Air conditioning
  • Onsite parking
  • Workshops and classes
  • Venue hire
  • Free guided tours
  • Children’s playground
  • Sculpture park

Gold Coast City Gallery
135 Bundall Road
Surfers Paradise
QLD 4217

Phone: 07 5588 4000
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm. Weekends and Public Holidays from 11am to 5pm.