Festival 2018 + Bleach*
2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games
1st – 14th April 2018
BURLEIGH HEADS +
PALM BEACH +
The Super Souvenir is a creative project that seeks to interrogate place and Gold Coast identity through the prism of the humble souvenir. It’s something of a hybrid. A contemporary art gallery and micro museum on wheels, a space for conversation and chill out, a place to reflect and also to make.
This moment of April 2018 during the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, was the projects first outing. As part of Bleach* Festival 2018, the project visited Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach and Southport in the refitted and repurposed 1978 Viscount caravan. This project go's well beyond the Games and it continues to travel and exhibit in new places with new meanings.
Super Souvenir seeks to provoke a conversation about the design of future memories, and for this first outing we invited six contemporary Gold Coast artists to make new work that considers the souvenir and its’ meaning for the Gold Coast.
Those artists; Aaron Chapman, Jay Jermyn, Jason Haggerty, Ash Nixon, Leonie Rhodes and Rebecca Ross have each brought their personal histories and perspectives on life at the Gold Coast to their all new works on display in the caravan
This 1978 Viscount Royale is itself a souvenir of the original hey-day of Australian caravanning in the 1960s and 70’s. It was Australian designed and made by the Viscount company which originated in Fullarton, SA in 1954 and expanded to manufacture in Liverpool NSW and Dandenong VIC where this model could have been made. We purchased it from a sheep farmer west of Toowoomba and although many things have now changed, you can still see the signs of its past travels.
Guiding the re-purposing have been design principals of a respect for the original structure but to revive it to a space that could hold new meaning. The all white interior not only reflects light it allows things to be seen in a new way.
Before fibro cottages, holiday apartments and high rises, most people came to the Gold Coast and camped on or near the beach in tents and caravans so Super Souvenir is at home here. We invite you to take your time and welcome to our virtual snowdome of the city.
Super Souvenir [SS01} was supported by, Generate, a City of Gold Coast initiative through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. Generate is also supported through a partnership between Gold Coast City Council and Queensland Government’s Office of the Commonwealth Games.