The Friends is a not-for-profit organisation, of approximately 2459 members, as of April 2015, providing support to The Arts Centre Gold Coast, and to individuals seeking to pursue a career in the Arts. We are major sponsor of the various youth projects on offer from the Arts Centre Gold Coast, having donated over $200,000 over the last 10 years, and also provided scholarships to a number of local young people.
In addition to supporting the various youth programs, the Friends is a major contributor to The Arts Centre Gold Coast. Since its inception, we have purchased many items including pianos, furniture storage boxes for ceramics, computers, and special lighting. We have commissioned a sculpture for the sculpture walk, supported artists by providing prizes for competitions in painting, sculpture, photography and ceramics as well as purchasing wigs and costumes for the Centre and supported local musical productions.
In 2016, the Friends have provided $16,250.00 to The Arts Centre Gold Coast for the Friends’ Youth Arts Program. We have also donated to the Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards, The Arts Centre Gallery, and the Gold Coast Eisteddfod