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Thursday 4 August 2016

the other state...

A few days away in another much warmer state, what could be better! I started searching for galleries before heading up to the the coast of Queensland just to catch up with what exhibitions were currently on...

 One impressive location is The Arts Centre Gold Coast,  Currently showing a mixed media exhibition, Shifting Sands-South Stradbroke Island Indigenous Artist Camp exhibition.

A good variety of social and arts activities including the upcoming Ceramics Arts Award.
30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award is coming up 27 August - 23 October 2016 with Australian and International Artists.

We took off very early saturday morning for the Gold Coast, stayed at Broadbeach which had one of the loveliest views of a location that I've stayed at. Pepper Apartments have coastal views with only one drawback being the smoker next door!! so brekky on the balcony was out of the question!! It was so nice to be warm again!! Long treks on the beach pre-brekky were great, I still cant believe we hiked that much but my legs can :P so more about this award...


'We are pleased to announce the 30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award finalists have been decided with a shortlist of 52 artists from Australia, UK, Germany, South Korea, Germany and NZ.'  

Background of the Awards

The Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award is a biennial award for ceramic artists from around the world. The inaugural Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award held in 1982 was developed to encourage the creation and appreciation of art in clay. Initially it was held in the Gold Coast City Council Foyer at Evandale,  prior to the building of Gold Coast City Gallery.
Ruth Lyons, then Chairman of the newly formed Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award Committee, was the driving force behind the establishment of this award along with the support of The Gold Coast Potters Association and The Gold Coast Society of Sculptors. A succession of dedicated ceramic committee volunteers, potters, sculptors, sponsors and gallery staff members have ensured the longevity and ultimate success of one of Australia's longest running ceramic awards.
Image credits: Eloise Rankine, Grow with me, 2016, porcelain, Courtesy of the artist and Utopia Art Sydney/ Stephen Bird,  Men from Korea 2015, c lay, slip, pigment and glaze. Courtesy of the artist/ Irianna  Kanellopoulou, Busy Blue 2015, ceramic, glazes, multifired Courtesy of the artist/ Lynda Draper, Green Eyes Pink Kisses, 2015, Earthenware, various glazes, Courtesy of the artist

Tuesday am we headed off to Brisbane to Stephanie's Makers Gallery visiting the new Gallery by Stephanie Outridge Field, which is in a stunning street, tree lined and great wide curbs since I was being super careful with the hire car! We stopped in and saw the crossover of the Cuppa Survey Show and the next focus show of Woodfirer and Raw glazer - John James exhibition. Then off to lunch to a local Italian bakery pre dropping sis off in Brisbane then to the airport home. I tried my best to avoid toll roads but without my navigator beside me I found myself in a one way tunnel to the airport, then trying to find a servo to top up before taking the car back! 

Anyhoo round and round until finding the servo exit and nice surprise only using $23 of fuel for the whole trip! Might have to rethink driving my car into the ground!? False economy with the newer cars being so efficient ;)
Anyhoo, back home and cold again but enjoyed the trip immensely, combining a great family and arts combo long weekend! Enjoy the travel log....