27 September 2023

Funding to light up Gold Coast sky

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The Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors has announced that a spectacular light installation is planned to illuminate the Gold Coast sky later this year.

Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch said the Gold Coast arts organisation, Placemakers was receiving funding to help create the light installation on the Gold Coast for this year’s Bleach Festival, which will be held in August.

Big City Lights will premiere as part of Bleach Festival 2021, showcasing new light-based installations and 3D mapped projections across the city,” Ms Enoch said.

“Placemakers will use this funding to help commission 17 new works that will captivate and engage local audiences and visitors to the Gold Coast.”

She said funding of $100,000 was being provided as part of the Government’s Arts and Cultural Recovery Package’s Spaces and Places initiative.

The Minister said the arts were a key to delivering the plan for economic recovery by each year injecting $8.5 billion into the State’s economy and supporting more than 92,000 jobs for Queenslanders.

“Since the onset of COVID-19 the Government has committed to nearly $60 million worth of initiatives to support the arts and cultural sector,” Ms Enoch said.

Chief Executive of Placemakers Gold Coast, Rosie Dennis said she was thrilled to receive support for what was an ambitious new project in South-East Queensland.

“It profiles great artists and great art from the region through a suite of new work commissions connected to place,” Ms Dennis said.

“We’re passionate about creating out-of-the-box cultural experiences that show a different perspective of the Gold Coast”

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