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Supporting our local artists to #CreateAustraliasFuture

Supporting our local artists to #CreateAustraliasFuture, Placemakers* Gold Coast has invited 10 extraordinary artists with connections to the Gold Coast to respond to this hashtag with an artwork. Over the coming weeks we’ll share artworks from Justene Williams, Judy Watson, Glennys Briggs, Dion Parker, Michael Philips, Courtenay McCue (CRT), Loretta Lizzio, Maryann Talia Pau, Claudio Kirac and The Field.

The is one of our responses to the devastating impact Covid-19 is having on the arts industry across the continent and is a way for us to advocate, champion and celebrate the profound insights artists contribute to our future.


Maryann Talia Pau

Artwork name: Native Habitat

Artist Bio: Maryann Talia Pau is a Samoan-Australian artist and practising weaver based in Brisbane, Quandamooka Country, Australia. Talia Pau’s weaving practice is based on exchange and collaboration. Born in Samoa and raised in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand & Australia, Maryann is a maker of body adornment or ‘Pasifika bling,’ co-founder of the Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle and Super Native Unlimited. In 2012, Talia Pau created the One Million Stars to End Violence project, a personal response to the rape and murder of a young, local woman. Collecting over 2.4 million stars from over 15 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga, Malaysia, Japan, Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada, Kenya, Barbados and the United States of America, one million stars were displayed as part of Festival 2018 during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, a collaboration with Museum of Brisbane, Human Ventures, Reverse Garbage Queensland and the Queensland Government.

dion parker

Artwork name: Stomping Ground

Artist Bio: Dion Parker is a Gold Coast based multidisciplinary artist. Known for his humorous, innocent yet cheeky and beautiful works predominantly featuring his signature character, “Lil Dusty.”
Dion has exhibited in group and solo shows around Queensland and interstate. His work resides in public and private collections around Australia and also overseas. 
In 2018 Dion won the swell Sculpture Major Award for his collaboration with Andrew Cullen titled “Prickles the Unhuggable Bear.” A four metre tall teddy bear made from recycled barbed wire and reo bar.  Now residing at M-Arts Precinct in Murwillumbah. For the last five years Dion has created the sculptural trophies and posters for the Gold Coast Music Awards, with winners including Amy Shark, Karl S Williams, and Saint Lane

michael philp

Artwork name: Hauling Sea Mullet

Artists Bio: Michael Philp is a contemporary aboriginal artist from the Tweed Caldera. He grew up on the Tweed Coast, his mum an aboriginal woman and his father a white fisherman. With his signature minimalist style, Michael tells the story of his people from a modern-day perspective. His work explores themes around identity, connection to land, connection to his people, and his own personal memories of his family history, within the Tweed community. Michael started painting later in life but was recognised early on in his career with a commendation in the 2009 NSW Parliament Art Prize. His art has been exhibited in solo and group shows across NSW, including Sydney and is now nationally recognised and collected. Today, Michael enjoys giving back to the community through art workshops. He is very passionate about sharing the healing power of art with others.

courtenay mccue, aka CRT Designs

Artwork name: “Bless You.”

Artist Bio: CRT is a visual artist utilising many artistic tools across the creative spectrum from spray paint, brush, stencil, sculpture design and most recently focusing on fashion design. Inspired by vintage comic advertisements, religion, Basquiat, and the bright pop colours of Andy Warhol, CRT connects her art to the modern contemporary world with life growing up as a 90’s kid. A bold focal point surrounded by artistic chaos, CRT uses multiple layers and hidden messages in the background of her artworks, which are riddled with hidden gems, and new discoveries the deeper the viewer delves into every piece. CRT sells her work across Australia and internationally. She is regularly commissioned to paint large-scale murals at cafes, bars, and local businesses across the Gold Coast and in Brisbane.

Artwork Bio: “Bless You.” is a comment on the current state of the world. Using acrylic on canvas CRT has captured a contemporary depiction of Jesus in a COVID-19 world.

the field

Artwork name: Three Actions

Artist bio: The Field ARI is a curatorial collaboration and experiment between Murwillumbah based artists, Amelia Reid and Byron Coathup. The space encourages cross disciplinary and contemporary art discourse.  The artists’ curatorial interaction began in 2019 with a group exhibition of 12 NSW and SE QLD artists, and through a realisation of some shared objectives and ideas as artist/curators.  The Field ARI is located in M|Arts Precinct [Murwillumbah]. The space is a shared studio between the two artists whilst also housing a small bookshop, artist residency and exhibition program.  

loretta lizzio

Artwork name: How Will I Make a Difference?

Artist bio: Loretta Lizzio is a Gold Coast based artist and illustrator whose work adorns walls and galleries throughout Australia and beyond. Her work explores romanticism, nature and evokes a strong sense of nostalgia. This is the result of carefully layered mixed mediums including oil paint, acrylic, resin and gold leaf. Forgotten fairy tales, spectacles of cinema, fleeting glances and dog-eared National Geographic’s are Lizzio’s inspiration to make art and tell her stories.

claudio kirac

Artwork name: Hold Me Closer

Artist bio: CLAUDIO KIRAC b. 1976 – Lives and Works on the Gold Coast Australia.  Claudio Kirac is an artist, photographer and designer . His career spans 20 years working as a professional artist, photographer, designer and consultant. With his head in the clouds and two feet planted firmly on the ground, Claudio constantly investigates the crossover between contemporary art and popular culture whilst questioning the norm within a commercial field, transcending the boundaries between analogue and digital design.

glennys briggs

Artwork name: Woman of Two Worlds

Artist bio: Glennys Briggs is an Indigenous visual artist (Taungwurrung-Yorta Yorta, North Central Victoria) based on Gold Coast, Queensland. Her work reflects a strong connection to land, culture and history through the mediums of, painting, sculpture, installation and sound, wearable art and possum skin cloak making. However her main art practice is Printmaking. In 2013 she graduated from Queensland College of Art, Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art, Majoring in Print Media. In 2014, she was a prizewinner, Victorian Indigenous Art Awards (the Copyright Agency Limited Award) for Stories Within series.

judy watson

Artwork name: ‘standing stone, kangaroo grass, bush string’ 2020. Acrylic, graphite on canvas.

Artist Bio: Judy Watson was born in Mundubbera, Queensland. Watson’s Aboriginal matrilineal family are from Waanyi country in north-west Queensland. Her work reveals hidden stories within Country, working from site and memory, revealing Indigenous histories, following lines of emotional and physical topography that centre on particular places and moments in time. 

justene williams

Artwork name: Alien Animal

Artist bio: Justene Williams has been a practising artist for 30 years and is well-known for her large-scale live works, video installations, photographs and sculptures. Drawing from personal narrative, pop culture and dreams, channelling the spirits of art history, transforming the prosaic through action, energy and emotion. Williams attempts to conjure invisible forces between corporeal and intangible worlds. Justene Williams is a Senior Lecturer at Queensland College of Art Brisbane and represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery Sydney.