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Announcement posted by HOTA 19 May 2020

HOTA, Home of the Arts has today announced it will commission up to 20 Gold Coast artists to create a suite of new work for a major exhibition to be presented in the new HOTA Gallery in 2021.
With local artists at the heart of HOTA, the arts and culture hub is fast-tracking the next stage of support for Gold Coast artists following its well-received Rage Against the V(irus) quick fire artist fund, with a new commissioning opportunity that will see selected artists receive $5,000 to create a body of work for an exhibition.

HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said the callout was a unique opportunity for Gold Coast artists.

Now more than ever, we have a deep responsibility to support Gold Coast artists. We have fast-tracked this $100,000 commissioning opportunity for up to 20 artists to create new works for the inaugural HOTA Gallery program in 2021,” she said.

“We have huge talent in our community and to highlight their work in this incredible gallery pays homage to that. Artists are at the core of our vision; without artists there is no home of the arts.”

The newly commissioned works will be presented in an exhibition within the new HOTA Gallery’s 1000m2 AAA rated main exhibition space, with a number of the works to be placed outdoors in the surrounding parklands.

Gold Coast artists, or those who can demonstrate a significant link to the Gold Coast region, are invited to submit ideas for indoor and outdoor works, ranging from medium to large-scale installations, video projections, free-standing sculptures and performance, to all types of outdoor art that can be executed well in the environment.  

HOTA are accepting submissions from established and emerging artists aged 18 years or older. Artists who share the belief that art has the power to unite, challenge, transform and delight, are encouraged to submit ideas.

Currently under construction within the HOTA parklands, the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will be the largest gallery outside a capital city in Australia.

HOTA Gallery will become the permanent home for the $32 million City Collection, whilst presenting international exhibitions exclusive to Australia alongside an ongoing commitment to present the work of local artists. 

As well as receiving an artist fee for their participation in the exhibition, successful applicants will have the support from the HOTA Gallery Curatorial and Exhibitions teams to develop, prepare, and install their work.

Applications open on Tuesday 19 May and can be submitted online at hota.com.au/opencall. The deadline for applications is Friday 19 June. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 3 July.
Successful artists must have all artwork completed by January 2021, with further details around the exhibition date announced in late 2020.


In early 2021, HOTA will open the City’s new $60.5M Gallery. HOTA Gallery is the centrepiece of the City’s Cultural Precinct Masterplan which guides the evolution of the precinct over the next 10-15 years as the city’s artistic and cultural needs grow. And with more than $399 million allocated to deliver the precinct, this is a City serious about supporting the Arts.
William Robinson’s stunning painting The Rainforest, (a key work in the City’s collection), has been the inspiration for both the architectural design and future gallery programming: a trail-blazer full of wonder, discovery, creation, beauty, spectacle and scale. It will be filled with multiple ideas, an unfolding experience of viewpoints and trails that challenge all to dig deeper and get lost in creative ideas. It will have aspects of light and dark; points of discovery – both internally and externally.
Designed by international architects ARM and spanning six levels with over 200mm2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space, the new Gallery will include a 1000m2 main exhibition space, with the capacity for touring exhibitions of an international size and scale. It will also feature 900m2 of exhibition space for the City Collection and temporary exhibitions, a dedicated Children’s Gallery and almost 1000m2 for collection storage and exhibition preparation.
HOTA Gallery will become a must-see destination that facilitates and shares new ideas and experiences in visual art both indoors and outdoors; that draws its strength from integrated arts programming, and collaborations with artists, creatives and institutional partners on a local to global scale.

HOTA Gallery will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia with the ability and ambition to present exhibitions and projects of national and international scale.

In the first two years, the Gallery will host three major international exhibitions that are Australian exclusives and will continue to celebrate local talent along with presenting the $32 million City Collection in its new home.

 The annual Gallery program will also feature commissions, children’s exhibitions and education initiatives, talks, performances and Up-Lates, alongside external activations and installations.

For more information visit:  https://hota.com.au/new-hota-gallery/

Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective
E: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195