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Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts on the Gold Coast, has today announced the 20 Australian artists selected to be presented as part of the inaugural exhibition program for its new Gallery opening in April 2021.

Both established and emerging artists have been selected who have strong connections to the Gold Coast and will be commissioned to create new works that reflect the diversity of the region. The project marks the largest presentation of new works by Gold Coast artists undertaken by HOTA. 


Criena Gehrke, Chief Executive Officer of HOTA, Home of the Arts said: “HOTA is committed to supporting Australian artists – now more than ever – and we are excited to bring together this group of extraordinary artists who each have unique and fascinating connections to the Gold Coast. This $100,000 commissioning opportunity enables HOTA to put a spotlight on the incredible creatives on our doorstep and Australian artists with a strong connection to the region.”


Well known Australian artists including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harwood will be exhibited alongside locally recognized artists and collectives. They will create artwork for the city’s new gallery including sculpture, weaving, textiles, ceramics, performance, painting, photography, video, and installation works.


The artists were selected by a panel made up of leading Australian cultural divs including, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director of HOTA Gallery, Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Liz Nowell, Director of the Institute of Modern Art (IMA) in Brisbane, Sam Creyton from the City of Gold Coast Arts and Culture unit and members of the HOTA Gallery Curatorial Team. The call out called was for ambitious and locally engaged but globally aware creatives with a significant link to the Gold Coast region, who share the belief that art has the power to unite, challenge, transform and delight.


Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director, Gallery and Visual Arts at HOTA said: “The concept for this project comes from the desire to create meaningful opportunities for locally-based artists to present a bold body of work that positions home grown talent on a national stage. Conversely, it is for the city, by the city, in the city!”  


The new AUD$60.5 million HOTA Gallery is currently under construction within HOTA precinct on Queensland’s Gold Coast and once completed will be the largest public 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.


Artists include: CJ Anderson | Mary Elizabeth Barron | Elliot Bastianon | Ali Bezer | Kirsty Bruce | Michael Candy | Aaron Chapman | Abbey McCulloch | Mimi Dennett | Claudia De Salvo | Erica Gray | Jason Haggerty | Libby Harward | Jacob, Isaac and Lachlan Hough | Samuel Leighton-Dore | Nicola Moss | Lisa Sorbie Martin | Hiromi Tango | Heath Wae | Whatumanawa Collective

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Media Kit: available to download


Media Contact: To request interviews, further information or imagery please contact Amy Stalinescu on amy@m10.com.au, 0411 789 195.


About HOTA Gallery: 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. 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, and creation; an unfolding experience of viewpoints and discoveries that challenge us to dig deeper and get lost in creative ideas. 


Designed by international architects ARM and spanning six levels with over 2000m2 of museum-standard exhibition space, the new Gallery will have the capacity for touring exhibitions of an international size and scale alongside exhibition spaces for the City Collection and smaller 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.


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