The Fibro Coast exhibition opens at the Gold Coast’s Arts Centre tomorrow, nostalgically connecting Queensland locals to coastal heritage and the eccentric beach architecture.

Before our South-East Queensland coastline became populated with apartment blocks and sky rises, a holiday at the Gold and Sunshine coasts meant camping, or staying in a family member’s small cottage – commonly called fibro beach houses.

An exhibition of artists opens tomorrow to reconnect locals with this rustic coastal life, with the Fibro Coast project.

Co-curator of Fibro Coast, John Waldron, says the exhibition focuses on coastal heritage, which has been rapidly lost during development.

“We want to remind people of the coast’s heritage through the art,” says Waldron.

“There are a range of techniques exploring the subject, from beautiful paintings, water colour, installation-style work, to mixed media and photography.”

Fibro beach houses were built as carefree, easy to maintain, and full-of-life holiday homes.

Fibro, referring to the asbestos sheeting, was thought to be an affordable, lightweight material for the holiday cottages.

Most have disappeared from the contemporary coastal map, but a few still exist.

“We’d certainly love to see these houses preserved in their form,” continues Waldron.

“It’s great to see some homeowners refurbishing these homes and keeping the integrity of the house. They have become permanent residences for people now.”

Artists in the Fibro Coast exhibition include Judy Barrass, Elaine Campaner, Anna Carey, Byron Coathup, Dean Cogle, Alan Hill and many more.

Fibro Coast begins at the Gold Coast’s Arts Centre as part of Bleach Festival during February.

The exhibition will continue at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery in June.

The project is supported by The Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Join John and the talented artists at the exhibition’s opening tomorrow, from 3-5pm at The Arts Centre.

For more exhibition details, visit our event guide.