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The Arts Centre Gold Coast

History of the Building

Evandale, a 17 hectare site has long been earmarked as the Gold Coast's civic, artistic and cultural heart. Currently home to The Arts Centre Gold Coast, Council’s Civic Chambers and popular parklands, its evolution into the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct began in the 1960s when Gold Coast Council purchased farmland with the intention of developing an arts and civic centre.

The first civic building at Evandale – Council’s Surfers Paradise Administration Centre – was officially opened on 11 September, 1976. With its distinctive ‘beehive’ foyer, draped with tiers of greenery, the building housed Council’s administration, the city’s Council Chambers and also hosted a wide array of functions, exhibitions, ceremonies and events. The first Arts Centre opened on 6 December, 1986. Subsequent additions to the building include Cafe Arts in 1996 and a new cinema, function rooms and administration area in 2004. However rapid residential and visitor growth has increased pressure on the existing centre, with community survey showing strong support for future expansion of cultural infrastructure on site. The new cultural precinct will create a focal point, a new kind of civic square that will be a destination for locals and tourists. It will be a place where people come together to engage with arts, culture and each other, a place that ‘makes visible’ the Gold Coast’s cultural and creative life.

Stage 1 of the project is scheduled for completion in December 2017, including the $37.5 million outdoor stage and concert lawn that will accommodate artistic, cultural and civic celebrations. With striking views to the city skyline and the hinterland, the versatile stage will double as a quality black box venue and can also accommodate seated functions for up to 250 people. The lush concert lawn will have themed planting and discovery paths. The VOS will be connected to the larger landscape through a patchwork woodland designed to give shade and comfort to the turfed seating area.

Additional activities:

cross-currents: from island to mainland, Gold Coast Indigenous Artist Camp, South Stradbroke Island 2017


Share with us an experience of site, stories and place as we gather to close this exhibition. This is your chance to see some of the ephemeral works installed in-situ around the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct accompanied with performance art and talks from the artists. Event commences in Foyer Gallery then moves to Evandale Lake.

135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217

10am - 4pm



Get insider access to the Arts Theatre, the city’s art collection and a sneak peek at the new Cultural Precinct by taking part in a Behind the Scenes tour.

Theatre Tours (45 minutes): 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Gallery Tours (45 minutes): 10.30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm

Numbers are limited, bookings are essential.

Closed in footwear is compulsory to take part in guided tours.

Building type



Alan Griffith


Foundation stone laid on 26 January 1981

Building officially opened on 6 December 1986

Cafe Arts added in 1996