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INAUGURAL EXHIBITION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR NEW HOTA GALLERY, AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST PUBLIC GALLERY OUTSIDE A CAPITAL CITY



Gold Coast Cultural Precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has today announced its inaugural exhibition program that will be presented in the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery, opening to the public on 10 April 2021. Spanning six levels, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia and will present a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions, celebrating artists from across Australia and the world.

HOTA Gallery will launch with Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise (10 April - 20 June 2021) presented across the Gallery and the HOTA parklands, and featuring major new commissions and art work by emerging and established Australian artists with a connection to the region, including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Abbey McCulloch,Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harward. Celebrating the diversity and richness of the Gold Coast, the exhibition will feature sculpture, painting, video, photography and installations, both indoors and out. 

Celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters, the major exhibition Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson (24 July - 03 October 2021) will see Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, presented together for the first time. Coinciding with his 85th year, the exhibition curated by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO will feature the award-winning artist’s monumental multi-panelled paintings alongside intimate studies and prints.

In a world premiere exhibition exclusive to the Gold Coast and Australia, HOTA Gallery will present Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection (13 November 2021 - 27 February 2022) featuring approximately 70 works from some of the world’s most influential contemporary artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons. Developed by HOTA Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery and drawn entirely from the Mugrabi’s famed private collection, the exhibition marks the first time these iconic works have been shown in Australia. 

The inaugural exhibition in the new dedicated Children’s Gallery is World Upside Down (10 April – 10 October 2021). Working with Queensland artists Lowana Skye-Davies and Alinta Krauth, the Children’s Gallery will be an immersive space filled with interactive art and hands-on making activities, inspired by the themes found in the first two major exhibitions, Solid Gold and Lyrical Landscapes.

Alongside the premiere exhibitions presented in the main space, HOTA Gallery will also present works from the $32 million City Collection. Consisting of more than 4,400 artworks, the collection includes one the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia. 

Presented across three galleries, HOTA Collects will draw more than 100 works from the City Collection to reflect key developments in Australian art over the past 50 years, spanning abstraction, feminist art, Indigenous art, ceramics and twenty-first-century photography. The inaugural hang will include works by Ben Quilty, Tony Albert, Julie Rrap, Jenny Orchard, Nell, Tracey Moffatt, Gordon Bennett, Michael Zavros, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Linde Ivimey, the Huxleys, Scott Redford, John Gollings, Kenneth Macqueen, Vida Lahey, Charles Blackman, Fred Williams, William Robinson and Ethel Carrick Fox.

Designed by award-winning Melbourne-based architects ARM, HOTA Gallery will be the centrepiece of Australia’s most dynamic new arts precinct, HOTA, Home of the Arts, sitting on the banks of the Nerang River on the Gold Coast in Queensland, situated within almost 17ha of landscaped parklands, adjoining an outdoor stage and concert lawn. 

Information on the 2021 exhibition program can be found at www.hota.com.au, with further details and programming to be announced in 2021. 

 

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ABOUT THE EXHIBITIONS

HOTA Gallery’s inaugural headline exhibition, Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise (10 April - 20 June 2021) premieres new works from emerging and established artists celebrating the diversity, richness and ambition of the Gold Coast. Commissioned by HOTA, artists with a national reputation including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Abbey McCulloch, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harward, alongside locally recognised artists and collectives, will present a series of indoor and outdoor works ranging from sculpture, weaving, textiles, ceramics, painting, photography, video and installation works. The project, a $100,000-worth of commissions and artworks, marks the largest presentation of new works by Gold Coast artists undertaken by HOTA.

Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson (24 July - 03 October 2021) celebrates one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters William Robinson AO. The Queensland-born artist has been awarded both the Archibald and Wynne prizes and is celebrated for his monumental canvases that transformed perspective and the way we view Australian landscape painting into a thoroughly new direction. Coinciding with his 85th year, Lyrical Landscapes, guest curated by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, presents Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, together for the first time. Widely considered his master works, the series highlights the artist’s spiritual connection to the natural world and through their symphonic composition, explores his love of classical music. The monumental multi-panelled paintings will be presented alongside intimate studies and prints.

The world premiere exhibition Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection (13 November 2021 - 27 February 2022) will feature approximately 70 works from some of the world’s most influential contemporary artists, from Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Richard Prince to Jeff Koons. Developed by HOTA Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery and drawn entirely from the private collection of famed art collector Jose Mugrabi, the owner of the largest collection of works by Warhol, the exhibition will mark the first time these iconic works have been shown in Australia. Influential, popular and controversial, these artists are a unique cultural phenomenon, whose reach extends far beyond the confines of the art world.

Alongside the main exhibition space, HOTA will unveil the dedicated Children’s Gallery with its first exhibition World Upside Down (10 April - 10 October 2021). Inspired by the themes of Solid Gold and Lyrical Landscapes, the exhibition includes interactive art encouraging the young and young-at-heart to be curious and creative, responding to the natural environment to design a world for the future.

 

ABOUT THE HOTA COLLECTION

The HOTA Collection was established in 1986 and houses more than 4,400 artworks. 

The collection has been developed around specific collecting themes and strengths and has been predominantly acquired through sponsorship, benefaction and art prizes including the Gold Coast Art Prize, International Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award and The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. 

Through the vision of the Gallery’s first Director Fran Cummings, and later the benefaction of Patrick Corrigan AM, the City of Gold Coast holds an important collection of Indigenous work from across Australia, in particular barks by John Mawurndjul, Charlie Djurritjini and Dorothy Galaledba. Continuing this rich collection theme, recent acquisitions include major paintings by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori and Gordon Hookey.

Presented across three floors of galleries, HOTA Collects will showcase more than 100 works drawn from the collection reflecting key developments in Australian art over the past 50 years, spanning abstraction, feminist art, Indigenous art, ceramics and twenty-first-century photography. The inaugural hang will include works by Ben Quilty, Gordon Hookey, Michael Zavros, Linde Ivimey, Abbey McCulloch, Anna Carey, the Huxleys, Scott Redford, John Gollings, Kenneth Macqueen, Vida Lahey, Charles Blackman, Fred Williams and Ethel Carrick Fox.

Alongside these works, Gallery 3 will also premiere a number of recent acquisitions; large-scale installations by Nell and Alex Seton, with major works including Mid Century Modern, a series of 70 photographs by Tony Albert, Emily Floyd’s Literary Parrot (Ver-Vert), and the epic painting Nyinyilki by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori. On Level 5, HOTA Gallery will present works by Australian sculptor Linde Ivimey, including works in HOTA’s Collection, and items on loan from the artist.