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2 Day Skill Building Workshop

At last! After 4 years we are staging one of our rare 2 Day Workshops

Thursday & Friday 26 & 27 May

Join us to:

• Enjoy rare opportunity to train at Australia’s leading creature effects studio
• Upgrade your knowledge and skill set • Learn how to make Flexible Moulds
• Explore sculpting in the digital age • Extend your materials repertoire 
• Get an insiders understanding of the film industry production flow
• Get valuable feedback on your portfolio • Complimentary Tour the How to Make a   Monster exhibition • Have fun!

All materials provided

Places are limited. For more info click HERE or call 07 55649992

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‘See Life’ at SWELL2015

The install is complete and the event is fantastic!

John’s piece ‘See Life’ is a star attraction at Swell Sculpture Festival 2015. The work stands 2.2 meters high and has 510 individual LED lights programmed to produce a story of environmental care and wonder.

It is one of 55 works by local, national and international artists on display at Currumbin Beach until 20 September. ‘See Life’ lights up from 5pm – 7am each night so is entertaining visitors 24 hours a day. Be sure to get down to the beach to enjoy this wonderful event.

More info at: SWELL2015

More images at Instagram: lifelovefun101 & #swell2015

1 Another day at the office 2 Good morning 3 See Life ready for action 4 See Life pm 5 See Life at Night 6 See Life with heart

JA in BA

Julie recently spent 10 nights Tangoing and visiting galleries in Buenos Aires.

It is a beautiful and exciting city full of tango clubs, vintage stores and markets, cafes and restaurants, dog walkers, art galleries and belle epoc buildings.

Eugenio Cuttica Exhibition at  Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Eugenio Cuttica Exhibition at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Recoleta Cemetery

Recoleta Cemetery

Café Tortoni

Café Tortoni

The tango lesson

The tango lesson


Public Art

Vintage market finds - coat & hat

Vintage market finds – coat & hat

One of many dog walkers

One of many dog walkers

Tango at the Sunday Markets, Dorrego Plaza

Tango at the Sunday Markets, Dorrego Plaza

Café Ideal

Café Ideal

National Museum of American Illustrators

The National Museum of American Illustrators is located in Newport, Rhode Island. John has been a fan of American illustrators  JC Leyendecker, N.C Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parish, and Norman Rockwell for forever. We had visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Connecticut 14 years ago so the opportunity to see the largest collection of work by the artists who inspired him was very exciting. Visiting in the off season meant we needed to book a private tour and it was worth every penny as we received a personal tour from the museums founder and director Laurence Cutler. We stayed much longer than we were meant to and had more fun than we could have imagined, but still, five and a half hours was just not enough time to take it all in.

Below is a photo of John & I in front of the original JC Leyendecker painting ‘The Dancers’, painted for a 1930’s Arrow Collars advertisement. John has owned a print of this since he was in his 20’s and had it framed for me for my 50th birthday party – the dance party of the 1/2 century! I got a little teary standing in front of the original. Also pictured is John & I with our gracious host Laurence Cutler (standing in front of a Maxfield Parrish) and us walking the Cliff Walk in the snow.

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‘Energies 2014’ Exhibition Finishes Sunday

Ethan Cox is one of the selected artists chosen to take part in the exhibition ‘Energies 2014’ at the Gold Coast Arts Center.

The works are selected from all Year 12 students studying Art on the Gold Coast. The exhibition covers a broad spectrum of mediums and provides a snapshot of the current social, emotional and global views held by young people on the Gold Coast. Ethan’s piece is a video work entitled ‘Transitions’.

The exhibition closes this Sunday – to find out more go to:

Ethan at GCAC art 2014 Transitions still


A taste of Art in Belgium

We had the joy of walking and cycling past loads of art in Belgium. Here is just a small taste of what we experienced.

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Julie’s Picks GCFF 2014

It’s that time of year again!

The Gold Coast Film Festival is on 3-13 April with an amazing selection of Films, free seminars, art and film making competitions and so much more. Check out the full program and get tickets on line at

Here’s what I’m attending so come join me:

1 April WED 6.30p

Re-imagining the Movies Art Competition Opening Event

RQAS Gallery, Broadbeach – Dress Hollywood Glam

3 April THU 7pm  (Red Carpet 6pm)

Opening Night Film ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ – looks fabulous darings

4 April FRI  9am-5pm Yr 11 & 12 Film making seminar

7pm The Cure – Qld Showcase by local fimmaker David Gould

 5 April SAT

10am Meet the Producer – Ian Collie ‘Saving Mr Banks‘

11.15a Meet the Director –   Brad Peyton ‘San Andreas’

10.30a ‘Sunshine on Leith’ Australian Premier UK comedy

3pm ‘Laputa’ 2 screens – 1 Japanese, 1 English

7pm ‘Convenience’ UK comedy Q&A with actor/prod Ray Panthaki

6 April SUN 9am  Star Wars 501 Legion lead the Cosplay March from Kurrawa Park to Supanova at the GC Convention Centre – John, Ethan & I will be in costume

2.30pm ‘Any Day Now′ UK a gay couple who try to adopt a mentally handicapped teenager

4pm ‘Die Wand’ The Wall Austria/Germany

6.30pm ‘I Know That Voice’ (Australian premiere) John DiMaggio Q&A

7 April MON 7pm  ‘Big Bad Wolf’ Israel (Hebrew with subtitles)

8 April TUE  7pm  ‘Rock the Casbah’ Moroccan/French Omar Sharif

9 April WED 7pm ‘Fading Gigolo’ USA John Turturro writes,acts & directs

11 April FRI  7pm ‘The Polygon’ AUS/USA/KAZ Q&A with director Kimberley Joseph

9pm ‘Knights of Badassdom’ USA Pop culture comedy

12 April SAT 11.15a Crowdfunding Seminar with Pozible’s Alan Crabbe & dir Aaron Wilson

12.30p ‘Canopy’ (Australian premiere) first feature film by Aussie director, Aaron Wilson

5pm The Volcano (Eyjafjallajökull) French comedy dir by Alexandre Coffre

13 April SUN 10am Seminars: Transmedia & Creative casting

3.15p ‘All this Mayhem’ AUS An unflinching documentary account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding OR

3.30p ‘Die Windpomp’ Sth Africa (World Premier) comedy

6pm Closing Night ‘Babadook’ Exclusive screening

There are loads more of fantastic films including: ‘Grease’ Sing-A-Long, horror, Sci-Fi, Anime … For the full program log on to

I look forward to seeing you there!


GC Art Festival 2014

Stone Song is part of the Gold Coast Art Festival currently being held at Evandale Parkland, Lakeside, at the Gold Coast Art Centre. From 8 -18 March you can watch 5 international sculptors transform huge blocks of marble into works of art.  Artists are from Australia, Belgium, Korea & Vietnam. This is a unique opportunity to watch professional artists in action.

As part of the festival there are 5 stone sculptures also on display at the Southport Broadwater Parkland so take a moment and enjoy some stone! For more information log on to:


New GC Cultural Center Revealed

It was very exciting to be at the announcement of the winning design for the new Gold Coast Cultural Precinct last night. We had the opportunity to speak with founding Director of Melbourne based ARM Architecture, Howard Raggatt, about his colourful and engaging winning design. To be constructed in stages, the multi coloured, multi level Art Gallery is aiming to be ready in time for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

You can view the winning plan, and the other 2 finalist submissions, at the Gold Coast Arts Center. They are all wonderful concepts that were selected from the 75 entries submitted to the international competition. We were amongst many arts, professional and community members consulted during the concept development stage and look forward to this exciting project being a major stepping stone in the Gold Coast’s cultural profile for the future.

GC Cultural Precinct Launch

1st Sunday at SWELL13

The fun has begun at SWELL Sculpture Festival 2013. See you next Sunday at 2pm at John’s work Blue Perspective for a ‘how he did it’ chat. Music, Art workshops and loads of stuff to do throughout the 10 days – check out What’s On at Swell.

John Cox on the Couch @ SWELL 2013 Animals with Attitude Koala 'Joeys'

SWELL 2013

SWELL 2013

SWELL 2013 Sculptures @ SWELL 2013

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