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Pop-up art exhibition is set to Level Up the city

Katherine Maloney | June 7, 2021

Madisan Peters

Over 14 days, 23 emerging young artists showcase their work across 65 of the city’s bus shelters.

The city’s bus shelters are set to be transformed into vibrant urban exhibition spaces as part of the City of Gold Coast’s annual public art program, Level Up bus stopper.

The pop-up art project which runs from 7 to 20 June 2021 will showcase 23 of the Gold Coast’s most talented young and emerging local artists with an exhibition that can be seen right across the city.

Exhibiting artists have utilised sculpture, photography, painting, digital media and installation, to explore a diverse range of concepts. Abstract illustrations, found objects and self-portraiture have been used to investigate themes of identity, physical and virtual landscapes, and environmental concerns.

Former resident artist and assistant curator Kimberly Stokes, said bus stopper 2021 was about embedding art into the everyday.


“I’ve had the best time working on this project alongside the Level Up team. This innovative initiative is a great way to showcase the talents of young emerging artists and connect with the community by taking the gallery outdoors.”



Egle Petrauskaite- Tower one

Emily Fennell

Emily Fennell- Golden Hour

Level Up is a dynamic City program comprising of a residency, gallery and public programs which provides access to art experiences for young people and adults within the local community through a range of creative activations.  The signature program, Level Up residency is a youth arts incubator supporting the development of young emerging Gold Coast artists in the early stages of their career.

Current resident artists are Brodie O’Loughlin, Emily Fennell, Lyle Duncan, Madisan Peters and Nicholas Tossmann.

Bus stopper gallery not only beautifies our city but also encourages viewers to engage with the talented artists through their artwork, Instagram and website which are detailed on the works.


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