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Be part of a quirky surreal photoshoot for Festival 2018 Be part of a quirky surreal photoshoot for Festival 2018

Be part of a quirky surreal photoshoot for Festival 2018

Mar 20, 2018

Locals and visitors can take part in a quirky photoshoot on the beach to be staged by globally renowned, Australian surrealist artist Andrew Baines as part of Gold Coast Festival 2018, the arts and cultural program of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Water Cooler Games will have its premiere on 8 April down on the sand at Broadbeach where 40 suited participants - carrying briefcases and mobiles - will race along the beach, wade into the ocean, and have an award ceremony before posing for a group photograph, which will be turned into a perfect painting by the artist.

This quirky event is a chance for residents and visitors to immerse themselves in the fun and celebrations of the Games.

Participants from all levels of experience are welcome and can walk, jog or run with everyone becoming a winner of this race receiving a medal on completion.

Festival 2018 Gold Coast Co-Creative Director Kate Fell says Water Cooler Games will give viewers an “amusing surprise.”

“Andrew Baines is one of those artists who creates incredibly fun work that is inspiring on many levels - from his ability to create these zany photoshoots to his commentary on the slavery of office cubicles and corporate culture.

“Andrew’s work brings a taste of the unexpected to Festival 2018; a mass of suits racing along the beach is not what you expect to see on a typical day,” Ms Fell said.

Famous for his trademark surrealist style, Baines puts politicians, orchestras, cows, Hills Hoists, dachshunds and masses of suited volunteers in the sea for photoshoots.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is just one of a handful of politicians to have participated in Baines’ human sculptures by the sea.

Having staged numerous installations at iconic Australian beaches since 2005, Baines’ work deals with notions of escapism - inspired by his own exit from ‘office slavery’.

Based in Adelaide, Baines is represented by leading commercial galleries around the world and has exhibited in Australia, Italy, USA, Canada, UK, Switzerland and Singapore.

He has been included in a European encyclopaedia of surrealism, Lexikon der Surrealisten; a Portuguese book on Surrealism, International Surrealism Now; and is the only Australian artist featured in a European travelling exhibition of the same title.

In 2017 he was commissioned by United Nations Association of Australia to create a photoshoot-inspired painting for official UN ‘70th year anniversary’ envelopes, as well as a two-metre-high ‘peace message in a bottle’ to be sent around the world.

Water Cooler Games is just one highlight of Festival 2018 Gold Coast, 12 action-packed days culture taking over the Gold Coast from 4-15 April to celebrate GC2018.

To register as a participant or for further details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For full program details and more information on Festival 2018 visit

Date: Sunday 8 April 2018
Time: Registration from 10am for event 11am – 12pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Venue: Chelsea Ave, Broadbeach Beach
Tickets and bookings: Free event, no bookings required

For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact:

Bronwyn Bender: +61 481 907 056
Arts and Culture Communications and PR Specialist
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC)

Last modified on Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:35
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