who we are
We build stronger communities and better places through arts and culture. We create experiences and tell stories of place that are electrifying, authentic and uniquely Gold Coast.
As the City of Gold Coast’s leading independent arts organisation, Placemakers* Gold Coast puts culture first when planning for a vibrant, liveable and evolved city. We are solutions-focused, creative and flexible in realising cultural activations as part of a broader planning and development strategy. While we thrive on the creative arts practice, we are meticulous in meeting the tightest deadlines and adhering to the strictest budgets.
Whether we’re embedding art, culture and the voice of the community into the planning and visioning of public spaces or rolling out tailored community events in the neighbourhood, we consistently exceed client and community expectations, delivering out of the box, unexpected and transformational cultural experiences that shift perceptions of a place and build community.
We have an excellent reputation for delivering large-scale place-based experiences (check out Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival; our city-wide place-based contemporary arts festival).
We believe everybody wins when arts and culture have a seat at the table at the outset of planning and development projects, embedding the voice of the community and enhancing the social, economic and cultural life of our city.
We value community consultation and engagement. We do this for our own projects and can help our partners on their projects too.
Creative thinkers, producers, marketers and technical specialists bringing unrivalled experience to the table.
We blend strategy, curatorial and technical expertise to build culture-led experiences for both the public and private sectors.
We’d love to work with you.
Placemakers* Gold Coast is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a Board of independent directors. Our Board bring together experience, creativity, governance and dedication to deliver year round culture-led experiences.
Tony Hickey OAM | Chair of the Board Governing all legal matters regarding Property Development, Tourism and Construction Law and Commercial Litigation. He has also held the position of Chairman for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal, Director of Titans Rugby League Pty Ltd and Chairman for the Somerset College School Council on the Gold Coast.
Andrew Arthur | Director Starting as a sports journalist for Seven Network and working overseas for several years at BBC in London, Andrew is now the Chief of Staff for ABC Gold Coast. A keen interest in business and business management, Andrew recently completed an MBA with Griffith University in 2016.
Marion Charlton | Director Currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Gold Coast Airport after joining the company in 2004. Marion has strong ties with many Gold Coast tourism organisations through her past work on the Tourism Advisory Board for Bond University. In 2008 she was awarded the International Woman’s Day Leadership Award for the Gold Coast.
Peter Doggett | Director Recently the CEO of Connecting Southern Gold Coast, Mr Doggett’s career in tourism spans over 4 decades, with more than 30 years in the Gold Coast’s theme park and hotel industry. He held senior management positions with Warner Village Theme Parks and Sea World Resort in the areas of communications, business development, relationship management and international marketing. He is as an Honorary Life Member of Gold Coast Tourism and the Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC)
Peta Fielding | Director CEO, Burleigh Brewing Co, and Chair of the Craft Beer Association. Currently holds directorships with Gold Coast Tourism and newly appointed as a board member of Major Events Gold Coast.
Darryl Gregor OAM | Director Dr Darryl Gregor is a leading Gold Coast ophthalmic surgeon. He specialises in cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange surgery and has an interest in high-end intraocular lenses. He is a member of Bond University Council since 2013 and in the 2014 Australia Day Awards.
Aaron Lavell | Director Managing partner and founding member of WMS Chartered Accountants. Over twenty years’ experience in the accounting industry after commencing his career at Ernst & Young.
We’ve partnered with a range of clients to deliver culture-led placemaking experiences to sold out audiences.
We’ve collaborated with Opera Australia to stage the ambitious Opera on the Beach at Coolangatta, with QT Hotel Gold Coast and Peppers Soul on the immersive arts experience, Hotelling. We’ve delivered the Jewell International Kite Festival for the Yuhu Group, curated programs for Tourism Australia conferences, officially opened and programmed entertainment for major shopping precincts and the 2018 Commonwealth Games Athletes Welcoming Ceremony. Our productions have won the Sydney Myer Group Award in 2019 and the Helpmann Award in 2018 for Tide in collaboration with The Farm.
as curators of one of Australia’s most exciting site-specific arts festivals, our role in developing the city’s authentic sense of place is notable.
Placemakers* Gold Coast started as a small Fringe Festival alongside the World Championship Tour Quiksilver Pro surfing event, held on the Southern Gold Coast. This festival, Bleach* Surfing the Fringe, launched in 2012 as a pilot with a budget of $40,000 and attracted an audience of 30,000 over the 16-day duration. The founding director was Louise Bezzina. Its early success demonstrated the strong demand for the performing arts in the Gold Coast region and led to a commitment of ongoing funding and support from the City of Gold Coast.
From humble beginnings, Bleach* Festival, has become one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts festivals and has attracted close to one million people (including Festival 2018, the Commonwealth Games cultural festival).
Just as our centrepiece project has grown and evolved over time, so too has our company. Bleached Arts Ltd was formed in 2015 to facilitate the growth of the Festival and sector. Our ability to adapt and respond to this growth continues as we evolve from Bleached Arts to Placemakers* Gold Coast.
We’re really proud of some other things we have achieved along the way including these highlights:-
Winning a Helpmann Award
for Best Visual or Physical Theatre Production for TIDE by acclaimed Gold Coast Dance Company, The Farm and Bleach* Festival in 2018. We’ve also received an additional 4 Helpmann Award Nominations.
In 2019 the Festival was awarded Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award (Group Award)
More than $35M
of reported economic impact.
More than $12M
of combined media value.
Employment of over 3,000 artists
and creatives with more than 2,000 of these being Gold Coast locals.
More than 500 performances
including World, National and State premieres and over 50 key commissions created.