Exhibition to honour medical heroes

Gold Coast artists thank COVID frontline healthcare workers through art.

A free art exhibition will open at One Arts Gallery in Surfers Paradise on 5 March to celebrate the Gold Coast’s COVID-19 medical heroes.

“Masked” will feature more than 30 mask-related paintings by local and international artists who are part of the International Women's Arts Group.

Masked co-ordinator Nasrin Vaziri said the mask was a symbol of the artists’ appreciation of medical professionals who had been working tirelessly during the pandemic.

"Through their work, artists explore masked faces highlighting the status of medical staff in various mediums and forms including traditional, contemporary, abstract and photo-painting,” Mrs Vaziri said. 

“The aim of this project is to demonstrate understanding and appreciation of the workers who risked their lives for the health of the community.”

Each artist will exhibit artworks with different mediums and styles, including acrylic, photo-painting, oils and mixed media. 

Mrs Vaziri said Masked had provided career development opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse female artists living on the Gold Coast. 

“Through the delivery of a variety of workshops, we assisted the women to explore culture and identity in the context of the pandemic,” she said.

“We also explored ideas and concepts in art and taught them about exhibiting, arts opportunities on the Gold Coast, council's facilities and funding opportunities.”

This project is funded by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and the City of Gold Coast Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Masked will be on display at One Arts Gallery 5-31 March.