behind the golden doors

A curated salon of short works

Paid Opportunity

Placemakers* Gold Coast is inviting expressions of interest from Gold Coast artists working in performance, dance, music, visual art, screen and sound to create a work which will be presented as part of a new salon series ­- Behind The Golden Doors.

Behind the Golden Doors is a place to test an idea, share a work-in-progress, be amongst friends and above all, have a fabulous night out.  The salon will be low tech so keep that in mind when submitting your idea. That said, we will have a projector, stereo PA, a couple of microphones and basic lighting.

The desired length of each live/screen work is 15 minutes .
You’ll have 1-hour on the day of the salon to tech/install your work (with support).  You’ll also have access to a Placemakers* Producer.

Fee: $3000 inclusive

There’s 3 ways to apply:

Find a quiet location and using your smart phone, tell us your idea in 90 seconds, save and send. If you’re having trouble sending the video/audio link give our Operations Manager, Kasmira a shout on

You can include a link to your website/socials channel and a short, 50-word bio.

In no more than 150 words tell us your idea. Include a link to your website/socials channel and a short, 50-word bio. Email your idea to

We’d usually say drop in, however in these times of social distancing, it’s better if you call us on 07 5525 6468 and tell us your idea over the phone. Kasmira, our Operations Manager, will transcribe your idea.  

Deadline for EOI’s: Tuesday 14 April
Successful Projects Announced: Monday 4 May
Salon Dates: Later in 2020


Placemakers* Gold Coast presents Bleach* Festival, taking place across the City each year.

Bleach* Festival

Bleach* is the Gold Coast’s annual site-specific contemporary arts festival presented by Placemakers* Gold Coast.

blue sky

the blue sky residency lab, hosted by placemakers* Gold Coast, supports artists from inception to delivery.

BLUE SKY is an annual two-week place-led laboratory for artists working across artforms to begin researching a new work and developing connections and relationships with place and community.

The inaugural BLUE SKY took place in November 2019 on Chevron Island. Invited artists included Corrina Bonshek, Salvador Cantellano, Sam Halmarack, Kate HarmanJof O’Farrell, Ngoc Phan, Christian Tancred and Shock Therapy

BLUE SKY 2020 is slated to take place in and around The Spit – a stretch of Southern QLD coastline best known as “Porpoise Spit” from the film Muriel’s Wedding. However, this place is also known for being severely impacted by urban development, sand mining and excessive land fill since the 1960s.

Man looking serious
Sam Halmarack
Jof O’Farrell
women in front of city
Corrina Bonshek
Kate Harman
woman smiling
Ngoc Phan
Christian Tancred
Salvador Cantellano
two artists
Shock Therapy