Arts & culture

Roll up for this new Gold Coast arts initiative

Gold Coast Art Roll. Mural by Alex Lehours at BSKT Cafe, Nobbys

September 20, 2022

Gold Coast Art Roll. Mural by Alex Lehours at BSKT Cafe, Nobbys

With the Gold Coast’s great weather, enticing array of bikeways and trails, and incredible beach-side and rural scenery, there’s no better place for a self-guided ‘tour on wheels’ to admire some local street art. Enter Art Roll Gold Coast.

Roll on up!

Unique, family-friendly and FREE arts initiative Art Roll Gold Coast has just rolled out across the city

The new Art Roll Gold Coast provides a unique opportunity to scope out the heart of the city, then venture outwards to less populated areas, following a trail of nearly 100 murals by over 75 local artists.

The initiative launched on 20 September 2022, operating all year round as a permanent public activity. Better yet, the list of murals to explore continues to grow.

You never know where you might discover your new favourite café, small business, or even suburb as you explore these hidden gems. Co-founder Nicole Klein is looking forward to seeing locals and visitors embrace this new outdoor experience:

“When we started investigating the documentation of murals in the city, we had no idea we’d end up documenting over 75 artists’ work, and we really hope locals and visitors can take their time to enjoy the Art Roll as much as we have making it.”

Whether you prefer big tyres or small wheels, Nicole is encouraging everyone to get their roll on:

“It’s free and always there when you’re looking for something to do with a group of friends or the family. It’s a fun way to see the city in a different way.”

Inspired by the Gold Coast lifestyle, Art Roll Gold Coast is both a celebration and proud acknowledgement of our city’s new focus on art culture. Artist and designer Lisa Hu is one of the featured creators, responsible for the stunning mural featured in Burleigh Heads in collaboration with Justin Lane and Aperol Spritz.

Lisa found the three day painting experience to be a sweet combination of excitement and nostalgia:

“I think the mural sums up the vibe of the GC pretty well – sunsets by the beach with a cocktail in hand, hanging out with friends. We live a pretty chill lifestyle, and I think Burleigh hill exemplifies that… I’d love for people to visit after hanging out on the hill and stop in for a pizza and a drink!”

With overwhelmingly positive feedback so far, Lisa is enthusiastic about the added support for local businesses and creatives that the initiative will attract:

“It’s exciting to see the arts scene blossom on the Gold Coast… we didn’t have nearly as many opportunities like this a few years ago.

“It’s an exciting time to be here as it feels like there’s so much space for every artist and we all want to help each other succeed. The sense of community is so strong, which is something I feel gets lost in big cities.”

Providing local tourism with a taste of the quirky and creative, the Art Roll further encourages locals to discover the ease of more economical transport. While LIME electric bikes have rapidly expanded throughout the city centre, it’s rarer to sight them as far south as Currumbin Beach.

With the typical triumph of Sunday parking not set to disappear any time soon, simpler modes of transport are becoming an imperative consideration for any thriving cultural city.

To find out more about the murals, locations and updates, check out Art Roll on Instagram @artrollgoldcoast or Facebook: Art Roll Gold Coast. You never know what exciting treasures lie off the beaten-track… until you do!

Art Roll Gold Coast is supported by the City of Gold Coast Creative Tourism Grants Program as part of the City’s Culture Strategy 2023.

Art Roll has been shortlisted for the 2022 Australian Street Art Awards’ Best Street Art Trail gong!