In April 2018, over 6,600 athletes and team members from 70 nations and territories will come together on the Gold Coast, Queensland for one of the world’s biggest sporting extravaganzas - the 21st Commonwealth Games!
The first Commonwealth Games (then known as the British Empire Games) were held in Canada in 1930, where 400 athletes from 11 nations joined in the competition. Since then, the Games have been held every four years, in nine different countries. This year will mark the fifth time that the Games have been held in Australia: Sydney in 1938, Perth in 1962, Brisbane in 1982, and Melbourne in 2006 and now in 2018 on the Gold Coast. During the Games there are 11 days of competition, including an opening and closing celebration. This year’s Commonwealth Games will be hosted over four cities in Queensland Australia: Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.
The focus of these art activities are designed to celebrate the Commonwealth Games, and the Gold Coast and Queensland as the host city and state - creating work that explores sport, movement and having fun.