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All Things Surf At Arts Centre – ‘Cutback’ Surfing Through Art


Get some surf culture onshore over the next couple of weeks with several stimulating surfing events being held at the Gold Coast Arts Centre as part of the Cutback Exhibition – named in honour of the move MP made so famous in Morning of The Earth, and the cutback reaching its zenith on the beaches of the Gold Coast way back when.

There’ll be plenty of surf-inspired artwork to view, plus there are also some noteworthy free events with some highly regarded folk on the surf scene focused on spreading the stoke for groms aged from 4 years old and upwards.

We’re talking the likes of surfboard design activities, a drop-in art workshop, video art screenings, surf art and music discussions, and a ‘women and surfing’ seminar. We reckon it’s a real coup to have the Gold Coast’s surf culture getting some acknowledgment in such a way that respects what surfing means to so many. Take your pick from the following and enjoy!

Art Exhibition (Feb 14 to March 22)Cutback: Surfing Through Art: The Cutback exhibition seeks to explore the art of surfing and alternative aspects of surf culture. Cutback is a metaphor to showcase the work of seven contemporary Australian artists who surf (some more than others) and whose intrinsic connection to the sea informs their practice. Andrew Kidman documents his surfing peers and in doing so taps into Australian masculine identity and the role of women in sport. Chris Bennie and Shaun Gladwell draw upon ancient philosophy and mythology for their inspiration. Ben Rak channels cultural rituals, drawing parallels between surfing, dancing and his Jewish faith. Both William Mackinnon and Joel Rea reflect on the psychological aspect of Mother Nature. Illustrator Nanda Ormond records many facets of surfing in pen and with wit.

Nanda Ormond’s artistic remake of the film poster for the iconic Hollywood surf flick Point Break

Free Special Event (March 8) – Shaun Gladwell ‘WINNER RETURNS’ Artist Presentation: Shaun Gladwell, now London-based, is one of Australia’s most significant contemporary artists working in video, painting, photography and sculpture, and winner of the 2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Awards. This special public presentation will be Shaun’s first public talk at Gold Coast City Gallery in 10 years, providing a unique opportunity to engage further with this artist and his multidisciplinary practice. View some of Gladwell’s video works, described as ‘performance landscapes’. TIME 3pm VENUE The Arts Centre Gold Coast BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL via ticketing link above. Limited seats available. Cash bar.

Free Seminar Gallery 1 (March 14) – Women and Surfing Seminar: This event will address some of the issues related to women and surf culture, through art and conversation, and include the Gold Coast launch of new book by Andrew Kidman Single – Stephanie Gilmore – Studies of Movement. Speakers include: Dr. Roslyn Franklin Lecturer, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education at Southern Cross University, Brisbane, author of Making Waves: Contesting the Lifestyle Marketing and sponsorship of female surfers; local artist and surfer Seabastion Toast. TIME 3pm RSVP 07 5588 4067 or

Six times world champion Stephanie Gilmore tearing apart a Duranbah wall, with style and grace whilst riding a single fin – one of the focuses of Andrew Kidman’s book // Photo Luke Sorensen

Gallery 1 (March 19) – After Dark surf/life/art/music – A panel of creatives and surfers including writer and former editor of Tracks and Surfing Life Magazine Tim Baker, and Cutback artists Chris Bennie, Nanda Ormond and William Mackinnon will wax lyrical about the intersection of life, art and surf culture. Music program by surf band Old Man Friday, a musical collaboration influenced by instrumental surf music new and old. TIME Galleries stay open until 8pm I Talks from 6pm I Cash bar

Free Art Activities (March 20) – Surfboard Designs: grommets aged 4+ can ‘hang- ten’ and use the provided art materials to create a surfboard artwork. Parent supervision required. TIME ‘Drop in’ anytime during Gallery hours 10am – 5pm

The Studio (March 21) – Surf Comic Workshop: Grommets aged 8+ are invited to work with the very cool and talented surf comic artist Nanda Ormond, one of the featured artists in Cutback who is a classically trained animator/illustrator from New Zealand now living and working on the Gold Coast, and regularly illustrates for Surfing World magazine. Experiment with drawing skills and ways of telling stories through comic strip style illustration. TIME 2 – 4pm VENUE The Studio COST $20. Places strictly limited. BOOK 5588 4000

Free Art Activities (March 21-22) – Artists and Surf Culture: Grommets aged 4 -12 years can participate in a range of creative activities that explore surf culture. Adults and children welcome together to be inspired by the contemporary artists in the exhibition. TIME ‘Drop in’ program from 11am – 1pm – no RSVP required.


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