AwA Artists at work

February 8, 2013

The Animals with Attitude artists are hard at work preparing their pieces for the official Koala Trail Launch. See all 21 Koalas at Victoria Park, Broadbeach from 1pm Friday 1 March to Sunday 3 March. They then make their way to locations all over the Gold Coast. Click the ‘Subscribe to RSS’ button on the right to get Koala updates, locations, and more.

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AwA Koalas on way to artists

January 25, 2013

‘Animals with Attitude’ Koalas are on their way to artists.

21 Koalas and 18 Artists are preparing for the inaugural Animals with Attitude Gold Coast Sculpture Trail.

John Cox’s Creature Workshop is currently engaged in this major Public Art Project  with proceeds from the Koala Auction going to support the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Fund.  We’ll keep you updated with dates & locations. To find out more log on to: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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November 8, 2012

Julie has just returned form the Association of Science and Technology Centres conference, ASTC 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

As well as meeting with associates at the conference Julie meet with colleagues and venues in New York, traveling to half her meetings by bicycle. We are now looking forward to touring ‘How to Make a Monster’ throughout Canada & the USA 2013-15.


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‘Animals with Attitude’ GC Sculpture Trail – Expressions of Interest

September 19, 2012

'Animals with Attitude' Gold Coast Sculpture Trail 2013

SWELL Sculpture Festival 2012 is the launch pad for the  ‘Animals with Attitude’ Gold Coast Sculpture Trail.

To be held March – April 2013 this exciting new Public Art Project will see the Gold Coast come alive with a trail of larger than life size Koalas distributed throughout the Gold Coast and Hinterland. Businesses are invited to sponsor the works which are expected to draw big audiences. Artists are invited to submit designs and will receive a fee to complete the works if their design is chosen.

John is the designer and creator of the Koalas and is very excited to be involved in such an engaging project, with funds raised going to aid the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation.

Potential sponsors should contact Jonathan Fisher, Director, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, on 5534 0801. Artists can get more information and applications at

SWELL Sculpture Festival runs until this Sunday evening so get on down to Currumbin Beach and see the Koala up close as well as 51 fantastic sculptures from Australian and international artists.


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‘Rising Tide’ in Sunshine Coast Art Prize

September 7, 2012

You can catch John’s piece ‘Rising Tide’ at the Sunshine Coast Art Prize SCAP 3D.

The work of 40 finalists is on display at the Noosa Regional Gallery until 7 October.

Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin, Queensland, 4565

Open Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm

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2 Day Workshop @ JCCW

August 29, 2012

Join in this rare opportunity to attend 2 days of skill building with Academy Award winning Visual Effects guru, John Cox. Thursday & Friday 20 & 21 September 2012.

You’ll make flexible moulds, learn about new products, discover sculpting in the digital age and get valuable feedback on your portfolio. Only the 4th time John has opened his doors for this event, and a sell out every time, with participants coming from from all over Australia and a wide variety of backgrounds and skill levels.  Find out more at Email or call  +61 (0)7 5564 9992 to book your place.

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Northern NSW Monster invasion

August 17, 2012


Grafton Region Gallery is hosting ‘How to Make a Monster – the art and technology of animatronics’ from 22 August to 21 October. With fun workshops and activities for all ages, loads of school groups already booked to experience Monsters, free creative workshops in Clarence Valley libraries, and even a Monster dress up musical concert, it is going to heaps of fun. To find more, including opening hours & directions, log on to:

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Monster traditions

July 3, 2012

We recently had the joy of joining in a medieval monster tradition, the welcoming of the ‘Tarasque’ at the Abbaye St Michel de Frigolet, in Provence, France. This reptilian creature burned villages, ate local sheep and shepherds. The local king attacked the Tarasque with knights and catapults to no avail. Saint Martha found the beast and charmed it with hymns and prayers, and led the tamed Tarasque back to the city. The people, terrified by the monster, attacked it. The monster offered no resistance and died there. Martha then preached to the people and converted many of them to Christianity. Sorry for what they had done to the tamed monster, the newly-Christianized townspeople changed the town’s name to Tarascon.

Beauty and the Beast and King Kong are deeply seated concepts in our global psyche.




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Phelps Brothers @ GCFF 2012

April 21, 2012

Harry Potter fans had fun with the Weasley Twins, Oliver and James Phelps, introducing the fan screening ‘Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows 2’ at Gold Coast Film Festival 2012. Dressing up as their favourite HP characters was all part of the fun.

Opening Night was fantastic fun with Chris Kirby, star of ‘Iron Sky’, there to launch the Australian Premiere. These GCFF Board members thought he was lovely….

More fun to come so catch you there!

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Julie’s Picks GCFF 2012

April 19, 2012

Tonight is the Opening Night of 2012 Gold Coast Film Festival with the Australian Premier of ‘Iron Sky’ being a SELL OUT. There is a repeat screening Saturday 28 April so get your tickets and find out what all the buzz is about.

The full program of films, docos, masterclasses and workshops can be downloaded at
Here are just some of the events I’ll be attending:
TONIGHT Opening Night ‘Iron Sky’ Australian Premier
20 April FRI 1pm Alan Dean Foster Screen Writing Masterclass USA
                   2.45pm Anime voice actor & director Masterclass w Bleach stars JAPAN
                   7.15pm ‘The Woman in Black’ UK
21 April SAT  8.30pm ‘Harry Potter Deadly Hallows 2’ UK introduced by the Weasley Twins
                                   – Prize for best ‘Harry Potter’ character costume
22 April SUN 2.30pm ‘A Simple Life’ Hong Kong
23 April MON 6.30pm ‘Circumstance’ Iran/France/USA
24 April TUE 6.15pm ‘Gallipoli’ AUS
26 April THU 6.30pm ‘Blackthorn’ Spain
27 April FRI  5.15pm ‘Professional Idiot’ QLD World Premier
                   9.15pm ‘Cabin in the Woods’ USA Australian Premier
28 April SAT 11am Jack McCoy Surf Filmmaking Seminar FREE @ Stingray Bar SP
                   2.30pm ‘Silent Souls’ Russia
                   4.30pm ‘Inseparable’ China Comedy
                   7pm ‘Iron Sky’ AUS/GER/FIN
                   9.15pm ‘Underwater Love’ Japan – Pink Musical (strangely fascinating)!
29 April SUN 11am Future of Film Distribution Seminar FREE @ Stingray Bar SP
                   1pm ‘BUTA’ PG Azerbaijan – Subtitled Family Feature
                   3pm ‘Warmencol’ DOCO USA
                   4.45pm ‘Inuk’ PG Greenland “Spectacular” – Subtitled Family Feature
And more………….
Films from Norway, Director’s Cut of surf film ‘Deeper Shade of Blue’, 2 more films from Hong Kong, 5 more films from Japan, crime film ‘The Yellow Sea’ from Sth Korea and so much more…..
See you there!

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