The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-07-30T00:31:40Z MAJOR NEW EXHIBITION CELEBRATING ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST LIVING ARTISTS OPENS TOMORROW AT HOTA GALLERY 2021-07-30T00:31:40Z major-new-exhibition-celebrating-one-of-australias-greatest-living-artists-opens-tomorrow-at-hota-gallery Coinciding with the artist’s 85th year, HOTA, Home of the Arts presents Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson, opening this Saturday until 3 October 2021. Celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters, this exhibition will see Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, presented together for the first time. Robinson’s Creation Series is widely considered his master works, the series highlights the artist’s spiritual connection to the natural world and through their symphonic composition, his love of classical music. Curated by former Governor-General and close friend of the artist Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson will feature monumental multi-panelled epic landscapes, including HOTA’s own work The rainforest. Brisbane born and raised William Robinson AO, has been awarded both the Archibald and Wynne Prizes and is celebrated for his immense multi-perspectival canvases that transformed the way we view Australian landscape painting. In 1984 Robinson took up residence on a 208-acre farm on the western slopes of Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland. There, he would walk and observe the surrounding sub-tropical rainforest, creating a time for reflection that revealed both the subtle pleasures and grand beauty of the natural world around him. These experiences inspired Robinson, a painter and pianist, to create works of art that twisted Australian landscape painting in a thoroughly new direction, creating unforgettable art that speaks to his deep fascination with Queensland and New South Wales landscapes. One of the first works that inspired the series is the hero of the Gold Coast’s Collection, Robinson’s five-metre painting The rainforest. Depicting Botan Creek in the Beechmont rainforest as it flows into a waterfall, and descends into the Coomera River, Robinson’s painting is a meditation on a landscape where time seems suspended. This is also realised in Robinson’s majestic Creation series, a suite of seven works that are a symbolic nod to the seven days of creation. The elusive sense of spirituality embedded in Robinson’s painterly landscapes is balanced by the practicalities of composition that he explores, challenges and inverts. Through re-imagining perspective, Robinson places the viewer within, yet simultaneously above, the landscape, transposing the physical effect of being in a landscape into one of all-encompassing reverence. Criena Gehrke, CEO said: We are thrilled to present this opportunity to see the Creation series in its entirety within HOTA Gallery, the design of which itself was inspired by Robinson’s The rainforest. As the second major exhibition at HOTA Gallery, Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson is a love letter to the Gold Coast, as much as it is a celebration of one of the greatest living landscape artists in Australia. Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director Gallery and Visual Arts said: William Robinson’s painting The rainforest was awarded the 1990 Wynne Prize for Landscape and was acquired by Gold Coast City Gallery (now HOTA Gallery) in 1991 through community support and fundraising. His paintings are exquisite lyrical interpretations of the landscape, and an exploration of the Gold Coast hinterland – a site of immense, ancient beauty, and a place of reverence. The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO comments: There is no doubt that William Robinson is one of our Nation’s greatest landscape artists. Early in my term as Governor-General, I borrowed one of his most loved and admired rainforest paintings, ‘Springbrook with lifting Fog’ from the National Gallery of Australia for the wall of my study at Yarralumla. Every day it brought to my life sublime beauty, intellectual and spiritual questioning and understanding of the joyousness of nature. Across the years since I have rejoiced in having some of Bill’s beautiful work in my life, at home and in my QUT Office. It has taught me so much about landscape in art and in life. About how much a work of great beauty demands and how much pleasure, happiness, contentment, and wonder it gives. What a delight then and a huge privilege to be involved in HOTA Gallery’s exhibition ‘Lyrical Landscapes’ presenting to the public William Robinsons most significant body of work in its entirety for the first time. The perfect way to celebrate the 85th birthday of our great Australian landscape artist. The new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery opened to the public on Saturday 8 May 2021. Spanning six levels and including over 2000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space, a dedicated Children’s Gallery, and the $32 million City collection, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia. This exhibition is supported by Arts Queensland through the Queensland Government Exhibition Indemnification Scheme. Supported by Philip Bacon AO. -ENDS- FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: To request interviews, further information or imagery please contact: Amy Stalinescu | M10 Collective | E: amy@m10.com.au | M: 0411 789 195 IMAGES: Images available for download HEREABOUT WILLIAM ROBINSON AOWilliam Robinson (b.1936, Brisbane) is widely regarded as one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, best known for his landscape and portrait painting. Robinson is critically acclaimed for his arresting landscape compositions of South East Queensland rainforests and seascapes of northern New South Wales. Robinson’s landscapes, with their multiple, ever-shifting perspectives generate a hallucinatory yet real experience of the Australian bush complete with trepidation and awe. His portraits and farmyard paintings are widely adored with their quintessential hint of Robinson humour and sense of play highlighting his spirit and sensitivity for both his subjects, and the act of painting itself.After graduating in 1962 from Brisbane's Central Technical College, an early forerunner of Queensland University of Technology’s Gardens Point Campus, he began a long and distinguished career teaching art. Awarded the Archibald Prize by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1987, Robinson’s winning portrait was the point of much commotion in the art world due to the artist’s low profile – a result of teaching in Brisbane and living off-grid in Beechmont in the Gold Coast Hinterland’s Scenic Rim. Having garnered critical acclaim and recognition of his painting practice, Robinson left teaching in 1989 to work full time as an artist and since then his work has achieved further national prominence.He has twice been the recipient of the Archibald Prize (1987 and 1995) and Wynne Prize (1990 and 1996) from the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2001 Darkness and Light – The Art of William Robinson was published to accompany the large-scale retrospective of some 90 works exhibited at the Queensland Art Gallery and which toured to the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra in 2002. William Robinson was honoured by the Queensland Government in 2004 as one of Queensland’s Greats. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by three Universities – the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba; Griffith University, Brisbane; and Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. In 2007 the artist was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for his outstanding achievement and service to the arts.In 2009 the William Robinson Gallery was founded at Old Government House in QUT’s Garden’s Point Campus. The William Robinson Gallery honours the life and work of this distinguished Australian artist, presenting annual exhibitions, producing publications and films, conducting research on the artist’s practice and holding the largest public collection of Robinson's work in the world. Robinson is the only living Australian artist to have a public gallery in his name. Robinson's work is represented in all major Australian public art museums as well as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Vatican Museums, Vatican City; and the British Museum, London. ABOUT THE CREATION SERIES William Robinson’s Creation series is a collection of seven epic, multi-panelled paintings produced throughout a 16-year period from 1988-2004. The artist employs compositional devices that assist in making the landscape so topsy turvy. In several works, the unorthodox placement of the sun—so typically radiating from above in Australian landscape painting—is made stranger still by the inversion of trees. Trunks simultaneously reach up and down, creating a sense of mystery and grandeur. These paintings seem to remind the viewer of how awe-inspiring and unfamiliar this landscape is to the untrained eye. Robinson also uses water as a crucial compositional device, and reflection is used to echo the sky—the clouds, moon and stars—to all-encompassing effect. As viewers, we too gaze upon these vistas with wonder and contemplation and the ever-changing natural phenomena. These paintings are an amalgam of Robinson’s interests and beliefs: providence and classical music. He infers the seven days of creation.. Robinson, also a keen classical pianist, echoes the silences, pauses, and inversions, particularly in the compositions of Bach. The breaks between the mountain ranges, skies, and upended trees in the Creation series could echo a musical composition. ABOUT HOTA GALLERY In May 2021, HOTA opened 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. Designed by international architects ARM and spanning six levels with over 2000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space, the new Gallery includes a 1000m2 main exhibition space, with the capacity for touring exhibitions of an international size and scale. It features 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 is 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 is 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 two 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 also features commissions, children’s exhibition, talks, performances and Up-Lates alongside external activations and installations. HOTA Gallery also has a comprehensive, inquiry-based education program delivered by experienced educators and artists working together. As well as exhibition specific resources, education tours and professional development programs are delivered year-round. For more information visit: https://hota.com.au/new-hota-gallery/ WILLIAM ROBINSON’S 16 YEAR CREATION SERIES TO BE PRESENTED TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MAJOR EXHIBITION AT HOTA GALLERY 2021-06-21T04:52:58Z william-robinsons-16-year-creation-series-to-be-presented-together-for-the-first-time-in-major-exhibition-at-hota-gallery Coinciding with the artist’s 85th year, HOTA, Home of the Arts presents Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson, the second major exhibition at HOTA Gallery from 31 July to 3 October 2021. Celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters, this exhibition will see Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, presented together for the first time.Robinson’s Creation Series is widely considered his master works, the series highlights the artist’s spiritual connection to the natural world and through their symphonic composition, his love of classical music. Curated by former Governor-General and close friend of the artist Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO, Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson will feature these monumental multi-panelled other epic landscapes, including HOTA’s own The Rainforest.Brisbane born and raised William Robinson AO, has been awarded both the Archibald and Wynne Prizes and is celebrated for his monumental multi-perspectival canvases that transformed the way we view Australian landscape painting.In 1984 Robinson took up residence on a 208-acre farm on the western slopes of Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland. There, he would walk around and observe the surrounding sub-tropical rainforest, creating a time of reflection that revealed both the subtle pleasures and grand beauty of the natural world around him. These experiences inspired Robinson, a painter and pianist, to create works of art that twisted Australian landscape painting in a thoroughly new direction, creating unforgettable art that speaks to his deep fascination with Queensland and New South Wales landscapes.One of the first works that inspired the series is the hero of the Gold Coast’s Collection, Robinson’s five-metre painting The Rainforest. Depicting Botan Creek in the Beechmont rainforest as it flows into a waterfall, and descends into the Coomera River, Robinson’s painting is a meditation on a landscape where time seems suspended.This is also realised in Robinson’s majestic Creation series, a suite of seven works that are a symbolic nod to the seven days of creation in the Bible. The elusive sense of spirituality embedded in Robinson’s painterly landscapes is balanced by the practicalities of composition that he explores, challenges and inverts. Through re-imagining perspective, Robinson places the viewer within, yet simultaneously above, the landscape, transposing the physical effect of being in a landscape into one of all-encompassing reverence.Criena Gehrke, CEO said: We are thrilled to present this opportunity to see the Creation series in its entirety within HOTA Gallery, the design of which itself was inspired by Robinson’s The Rainforest. As the second major exhibition at HOTA Gallery Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson is a love letter to the Gold Coast, as much as it is a celebration of one of the greatest living landscape artists in Australia.Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director Gallery and Visual Arts said: William Robinson’s painting The Rainforest was awarded the 1990 Wynne Prize for Landscape and was acquired by Gold Coast City Gallery (now HOTA Gallery) in 1991 through community support and fundraising. His paintings are exquisite lyrical interpretations of the landscape, and an exploration of the Gold Coast hinterland – a site of immense, ancient beauty, and a place of reverence.The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO comments: There is no doubt that William Robinson is one of our Nation’s greatest landscape artists. Early in my term as Governor-General, I borrowed one of his most loved and admired rainforest paintings, ‘Springbrook with lifting Fog’ from the National Gallery of Australia for the wall of my study at Yarralumla. Every day it brought to my life sublime beauty, intellectual and spiritual questioning and understanding of the joyousness of nature. Across the years since I have rejoiced in having some of Bill’s beautiful work in my life, at home and in my QUT Office. It has taught me so much about landscape in art and in life. About how much a work of great beauty demands and how much pleasure, happiness, contentment, and wonder it gives. What a delight then and a huge privilege to be involved in HOTA Gallery’s exhibition ‘Lyrical Landscapes’ presenting to the public William Robinsons most significant body of work in its entirety for the first time. The perfect way to celebrate the 85th birthday of our great Australian landscape artist.The new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery opened to the public on Australia’s Gold Coast on Saturday 8 May 2021. Spanning six levels and including over 2000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space, a dedicated Children’s Gallery, and the $32 million City collection, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia. This exhibition is supported by Arts Queensland through the Queensland Government Exhibition Indemnification Scheme. -ENDS- FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: To request interviews, further information or imagery please contact:Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 IMAGES: Images available for download HERE HOTA GALLERY OPENS ITS DOORS WITH MAJOR EXHIBITION, NEW COMMISSIONS AND 100+ ARTWORKS FROM THE CITY COLLECTION 2021-05-06T01:00:00Z hota-gallery-opens-its-doors-with-major-exhibition-new-commissions-and-100-artworks-from-the-city-collection Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts opens the major new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery on Australia’s Gold Coast on Saturday 8 May 2021. Spanning six levels and including over 2,000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space and a dedicated Children’s Gallery, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia. Celebrating artists from across Australia and the world, HOTA Gallery presents world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions, and is home to the $32 million City Collection, consisting of more than 4,400 artworks. Designed by award-winning Melbourne-based architects ARM, the gallery is the latest addition to Australia’s dynamic new arts precinct, HOTA, Home of the Arts, sitting on the banks of the Nerang River on the Gold Coast in Queensland. The Gallery is the centrepiece of the City’s Cultural Precinct master plan which guides the evolution of the precinct over the next 10-15 years. Criena Gehrke, HOTA CEO said: ‘We’re delighted to throw open the doors and welcome the Gold Coast to the new HOTA Gallery for the first time. The Gallery will challenge everything people thought they knew about arts and culture on the Gold Coast, it’s bold, unapologetic and completely unbound by tradition. ‘HOTA Gallery represents everything we believe in at HOTA, from local artists front and centre in our first major exhibition, to hidden and unexpected stories in our collection galleries, exquisite Indigenous art and wonderful, immersive experiences for our youngest culture vultures in the Children’s Gallery, there is truly something for everyone.' The Gallery’s inaugural program launches with the major exhibition SOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise (8 May - 4 July 2021). Commissioned by the Gallery, 19 emerging and established Australian artists and collectives, each with a personal connection to the Gold Coast region, have created new works exploring the relationship between people and place, the human impact on the natural world, as well as the urban environment and beauty of the landscape. Artists including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Abbey McCulloch, Samuel Leighton-Dore, Elliot Bastianon, CJ Anderson and Lisa Sorbie Martin have created indoor and outdoor works ranging from large-scale sculptures, ceramics, paintings, photography to immersive video and installations, presented throughout the Gallery and the surrounding HOTA parklands. Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director, Gallery and Visual Arts, HOTA said: ‘It’s absolutely fitting that the first ever major exhibition in HOTA Gallery is SOLID GOLD - Artists from Paradise, an exhibition of all new works by local artists. SOLID GOLD showcases the incredible depth of creativity and talent in our city and will position local artists into the national conversation. ‘SOLID GOLD will be followed later in the year by Lyrical Landscapes – The Art of William Robinson and in November we will present Contemporary Masters, selected works from one of the world’s largest private collections based in New York in an exhibition exclusive to HOTA Gallery. Visitors will be able to enjoy iconic works from legendary contemporary artists, such Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.’ Acclaimed Queensland Waanyi artist Judy Watson and Sri-Lankan born, Sydney based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran also present two major outdoor artworks commissioned by the Gallery. Responding to the history of the site and local Indigenous people, Brisbane based artist Judy Watson has created a multi-part sculptural garden work, serving as a place of gathering, education, knowledge, and ceremony for all visitors. For his largest sculpture to date, contemporary artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has created a monumental six-metre high, double-sided sculpture welcoming visitors to the entrance of the Gallery. Alongside the premiere exhibitions and new commissions, HOTA Gallery also presents works from the $32 million City Collection. Consisting of more than 4,400 artworks, the collection includes one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia. Presented across three galleries, HOTA Collects showcases 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 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. The inaugural exhibition in the new dedicated Children’s Gallery is World Upside Down (8 May – 10 October 2021). Working with Gold Coast artists Lowana Skye-Davies and Alinta Krauth, the Children’s Gallery is 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. Major upcoming exhibitions include Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson (31 July 2021) celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters and a world premiere exhibition exclusive to the Gold Coast and Australia, Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection (13 November 2021), drawn entirely from the famed art collectors private collection. Tickets to the HOTA Gallery Launch weekend have proved some of the hottest in town, with all tickets being snapped up in under two hours. Following this, tickets to the first month of the HOTA Gallery experience were released, with over 1364 tickets allocated in the first 24 hours.Although tickets for the Gallery’s launch weekend have sold out, the local community can still join in on the celebrations with free music on the Outdoor Stage all weekend long. The line up on Saturday the 8th of May will feature the Powerhouse Soul vocals and fiery frenetic instrumentation from Hussy Hicks, dreamy psych pop sunshine from EchoWave, the joyous colourful sounds of Samba, Bossa Nova from Augusta Street, the hip hop, soul, traditional rhythms from young First Nations band, Jarulah and Blackline Band and the funky, house, disco and soul vibes from DJ Felix. Sunday 9th May will deliver a free concert of live and loud homegrown talent, Echoes of Gold. Featuring performances by Eliza & The Delusionals, Donny Love, San Mei, Alt Fiction, DENNIS. and DJ sets by VICES; hosted by Kate Baggerson and Zac Fahey, with live on stage interviews with artists, musos, and industry movers and shakers. The Design Collective Markets have also curated a selection of Gold Coast and Queensland makers and retailers for a pop-up market selling a selection of boutique wares, who will be accompanied by food outlets and local brews. Information on the 2021 exhibition program can be found at www.hota.com.au, with further details and programming to be announced in late 2021. From Monday May 10 the Gallery is open to the public and free to visit from 10am, but bookings are required. -ENDS- FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: To request interviews, further information or imagery please contact:Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 IMAGES: Images available for download HEREABOUT THE EXHIBITIONSSOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise8 May - 4 July 2021 HOTA Gallery’s inaugural headline exhibition, Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise (8 May - 4 July 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, 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 Robinson31 July - 3 October 2021Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson (31 July - 3 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 in 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. Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection13 November 2021-27 February 2022The world premiere exhibition Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection 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. World Upside Down8 May -10 October 2021Alongside the main exhibition space, HOTA will unveil the dedicated Children’s Gallery with its first exhibition World Upside Down (8 May - 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 COLLECTIONThe HOTA Collection was established in 1968 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 Gaboriand 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. MEDIA RELEASE: 19 MAJOR COMMISSIONS BY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS TO BE UNVEILED IN HOTA GALLERY’S INAUGURAL EXHIBITION SOLID GOLD: ARTISTS FROM PARADISE 2021-04-20T00:00:00Z media-release-19-major-commissions-by-australian-artists-to-be-unveiled-in-hota-gallerys-inaugural-exhibition-solid-gold-artists-from-paradise Criena Gehrke, HOTA CEO said: ‘You don’t get to call yourself Home of the Arts without having a deep commitment to local artists. The Gold Coast has a rich history of innovation and creativity, so it’s absolutely fitting that we’re putting our local talent front and centre in the first ever exhibition in the new Gallery.’ ‘Exclusively developed by HOTA, Solid Gold: Artists from paradise reflects a diverse and modern city and positions local artists in a national conversation.’Presented throughout the Gallery and the surrounding HOTA parklands, SOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise (8 May - 4 July 2021) will include large-scale sculpture, weaving, textiles, ceramics, painting, photography, immersive video and installation. Commissioned by the Gallery, artists including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Elliot Bastianon, CJ Anderson and Libby Harward have created work exploring the relationship between people and place, the human impact on the natural world, as well as the urban environment and beauty of the landscape. Commissioned artworks presented in SOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise include: Torres Strait Islander artist Lisa Sorbie Martin’s suspended sculpture will be installed in the new Gallery’s 11-metre-high foyer. Created with 120 fibre-optic strands, the luminous work will remain in the gallery for the duration of its opening year. Melbourne-based artist Jason Haggerty will relay real time wave data from the region’s coastline to create a hypnotic digital installation spanning 14 metres. Ali Bezer’s practice explores the experience of sound processed as image and has created an 8-metre aluminium and bitumen sculpture, coated in blue and silver, to represent the repetitive sound of the ocean at shore break. Japanese-Australian artist Hiromi Tango will present a new immersive installation with the colours of the rainbow looping out over the visitor. In the parkland surrounding HOTA Gallery, Gold Coast artist Erica Gray will present a series of soft sculptural forms using textiles to represent corals and other elements of the coastline. Samuel Leighton-Dore, playing with the definition of what a ‘cloud’ is defined as in a digital era, will create an interactive cloud installation, merging ceramics with augmented reality. Gold Coast based ceramicist Claudia De Salvo will present a performative sculptural work featuring 100 clay vessels on a large plinth that are filled with water. Quandamooka artist Libby Harward will explore water systems and sovereignty in a new film work, positioning herself among pipes and hoses against a background of mangrove and tea tree swamp muds from Gold Coast wetlands. New media artist Michael Candy, internationally renowned for his installations exploring social experiments and ecological interventions in public space, will suspend a visual recreation of the sun inside the gallery. Women’s Collective Whatu Manawa, whose works preserve traditional Maori practices within contemporary art, will create a Pātaka (storage house) with woven Tukutuku panels. Canberra-based artist Elliot Bastianon, currently featured in the NGV Triennial, will present abstract works incorporating his signature style of immersing materials in copper sulphate to create a crust of blue crystals. Probing the intersection of politics and ecology Nicola Moss' collaged works highlight the importance of green spaces amid congested urban environments. Based in the Gold Coast Hinterland surrounded by the natural world, Moss has, for the first time, painted large-scale collages of the valley she lives in. CJ Anderson, extends his practice in object and furniture designs, to create distressed sculptures questioning the need for perfection in design. Interdisciplinary artist Mimi Dennett, known for immersive site-specific installations and collaborative performances, will present a living sculpture of edible, exotic and Indigenous plants that will be embedded into the landscape. JIL Studio will incorporate endemic and rare plants nestled within a sculpture of curves and voids to reflect irrevocable change on local topography. Mary Elizabeth Barron, drawing on her practice ofcombining traditional craft techniques with an innovative use of recycled materials, has created a large-scale bobbin lace charting the Nerang River from the hinterland to the ocean, forming a contemporary portrait of the city. Contemporary figurative painter Abbey McCulloch will present vibrant paintings merging the human figure with dramatic landscapes, matched with ceramic sculptures distorted into beautiful, bright and strange shapes, presenting a vision of the individual in a wild and rocky world. Aaron Chapman, known for his work across a range of mediums including public art, photography and sculpture, will present a series of large-format photographs documenting the iconic yellow-hooded lifeguard towers dotted along the length of the Gold Coast. Kirsty Bruce, celebrated for her richly detailed and multi-layered artworks, will present a series of artworks inspired by images in magazines which evoke a sense of vulnerability, melancholy, dramatic tension or introspection. Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director, Gallery and Visual Arts, HOTA said: “Solid Gold features commissions by some of the most exciting visual artists working in Australia today, each with strong personal ties to the Gold Coast. The exhibition showcases the thriving creative wealth of the region and provides important support to local and Australian practising artists. You can forget everything you think you knew about the Gold Coast. We are home to incredible artists, our City Collection is more than you ever imagined, and our major exhibitions are ambitious and unbound by tradition.”Opening on 8 May 2021, the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia, spanning six levels and presenting a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions. Designed by award-winning Melbourne-based architects ARM, the gallery will include over 2000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space and a dedicated Children’s Gallery, and will be home to the $32 million City collection, consisting of more than 4,400 artworks, including one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia. EXHIBITION DATESSOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise 8 May - 4 July 2021Sat-Thu 10am - 5pm / Fri 10am – 8pm HOTA Gallery, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise Free – Timed ticketing (bookings open in early 2021) Selected artists: 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 (JIL Studios) | Samuel Leighton-Dore | Nicola Moss | Lisa Sorbie Martin | Hiromi Tango | Whatu Manawa Collective FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: To request interviews, further information or imagery please contact:Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 IMAGES: Images available for download HERECommissioning Panel for SOLID GOLD: Artists from ParadiseThe talented group of artists presented in the exhibition were selected by a panel made up of leading Australian cultural figures including Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director HOTA Gallery, Leigh Robb, Curator Contemporary Art of 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. 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 trailblazer 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 Exhibition Corporate Partner - Veracity HOTA GALLERY HANGS FIRST ARTWORK FROM THE COLLECTION 2021-04-06T23:30:00Z hota-gallery-hangs-first-artwork-from-the-collection William Robinson’s The Rainforest is the million-dollar painting that started it all and will be the first artwork from the City’s Collection to grace the walls of the new HOTA Gallery. A monumental painting across two panels and close to 5 metres long, The Rainforest was acquired through local donations from the Gold Coast’s business and art loving community for the City Collection in 1991. “Gold Coasters have a special connection to the beautiful environment in which we live, from the beaches to the hinterland, so it was absolutely fitting that this painting was chosen as the design inspiration for the new HOTA Gallery,” said HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke. “The artwork has been in Sydney undergoing some minor conservation work, and now it’s back and ready for its big reveal on Saturday 8 May. We can’t wait to see it under lights in the new gallery space, enhanced by its surroundings in a way it’s never been seen before.” Born and raised in Brisbane, William Robinson AO is one of Australia’s foremost landscape painters, his work has been inspired by the magic of our very own backyard – the Gold Coast hinterland. His unique visions of the landscape enchant and inspire in unlikely ways. The Rainforest is ‘a lyrical exploration of an ancient landscape and place of wonder’ and shows the Botan Creek winding its way through the Beechmont rainforest where Robinson lived on a 208-acre farm at the time it was painted. The work was awarded the prestigious Wynne Prize for landscape at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1990. As one of the most valuable and treasured works in the City Collection, The Rainforest will be part of the HOTA Gallery’s Collection exhibitions, before being featured in the forthcoming major exhibition Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson exhibition from 31 July to 3 October in Gallery 1.Like The Rainforest, the new HOTA Gallery will evoke a sense of wonder, discovery, creation, beauty, spectacle and scale. “The Rainforest has been both the inspiration and the design of the Gallery and a metaphor for the curatorial approach. Evoking the essence of a rainforest, with aspects of light and dark, unexpected viewpoints, and moments of surprise and delight around every corner, it’s a privilege to share the new HOTA Gallery with the Gold Coast community,” Criena added. The $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will be the latest addition to Australia’s dynamic new arts precinct, and to celebrate the launch weekend, HOTA will present a weekend of activities and events across the precinct. On Saturday 8 May the Outdoor Stage will feature live music. The celebration continues on Sunday 9 May with a massive concert, artist talks both inside and outside the Gallery, and to amplify the local flavour, a pop-up market will sell the finest artisan wares by Gold Coast makers, accompanied with pockets of local food and drink. The full program for the opening weekend will be announced later this month. The Gallery's inaugural program includes world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives, and new commissions. HOTA Gallery launches with the exhibition Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise, featuring new commissions by 19 established and emerging Australian artists including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harward. Other major exhibitions include Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson (31July 2021) and a world premiere exhibition exclusive to the Gold Coast and Australia, Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection (13 November 2021), drawn entirely from the famed art collector’s private collection. - ENDS - FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES To request interviews, further information or imagery please contact:Bria Mastroianni | M10 CollectiveE: bria@m10.com.au M: 0490 017 539 Emma Bain | M10 CollectiveE: emma@m10.com.au M: 0438 264 355 IMAGES: Images available for download HERE MAJOR NEW SCULPTURE BY RAMESH MARIO NITHIYENDRAN UNVEILED AND HOTA GALLERY OPENING WEEKEND TICKETS ANNOUNCED 2021-03-16T01:00:00Z major-new-sculpture-by-ramesh-mario-nithiyendran-unveiled-and-hota-gallery-opening-weekend-tickets-announced Commissioned Melbourne Art Foundation (MAF) and HOTA, Sri-Lankan born, Sydney- based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has created a monumental six-metre-high sculpture, presented at the lower ground entrance to the Gallery. Predominantly composed of bronze, Nithiyendran has combined a range of materials including concrete, neon and fibreglass to create a multi-coloured avatar reflecting the vibrancy of the HOTA Gallery building. Holding a smiling neon companion and standing on a geometric plinth, this is Nithiyendran’s largest sculpture to date and the artist’s first ambitious work in the public domain. Criena Gehrke, Chief Executive Officer of HOTA said: “With less than two months before we open the new HOTA Gallery, the unveiling of Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran's incredible sculpture is both a tease and a promise of the significant, contemporary work visitors can expect when they take a first look into this amazing new gallery.” This significant artwork will welcome visitors inside the new HOTA Gallery with outstretched arms and expressive and commanding tones when the doors open to the public for the very first time on May 8. Known for his challenging and innovative references of ideas of monumentality and idolatry, Nithiyendran’s new work is an extension and consolidation of his practice. “The work gestures to a range of global sources that link to my cultural background and contemporary culture,” said Nithiyendran. “I hope local and international visitors engage with the work by considering the meanings and significance of idolatry and sculptural monuments in public spaces.” It continues Nithiyendran’s interest in the assumed authority and function of large-scale figurative sculptures that frame the entrances of various architectural forms and civic spaces across cultures and centuries. Melbourne Art Fair CEO and Fair Director, Maree Di Pasquale, said: “Ramesh’s rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idol is an important addition to HOTA’s growing contemporary collection. And although the pandemic has meant that our audiences will not experience the eighth major MAF Commission at Melbourne Art Fair, we encourage all to celebrate its unveiling at this game-changing Queensland institution.” HOTA also announced today how art lovers and members of the public can get their hands on tickets for the HOTA Gallery opening weekend, simply by signing up via their website to receive a special booking link, which also puts them in with the chance of winning a weekend away. “Today marks twelve months since HOTA was closed to the public due to Covid. In what has been an extraordinary and surreal year, today we’re delighted to announce how you can register for tickets for the opening weekend of the HOTA Gallery. The City has been waiting for this moment for a long time and we can’t wait to throw open the doors to Gold Coasters on Saturday 8 May,” said Ms Gehrke. “To be one of the first to explore this extraordinary building, sign up at www.hota.com.au/firstinline and we’ll let you know how you can get your hands on opening weekend tickets.” “With all new works from Gold Coast artists indoors, art installations and live music from local bands outdoors, the HOTA Gallery opening weekend will be a real moment of celebration for the city.” To celebrate the opening weekend of the HOTA Gallery, the latest addition to Australia’s dynamic new arts precinct, HOTA will present an eclectic music program on its Outdoor Stage all day on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May. To amplify the local flavour, a pop-up market will sell the finest artisan wares by Gold Coast makers, accompanied with pockets of local food and drink. The full program for the opening weekend will be announced next month. The $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia. Designed by award-winning Melbourne-based architects ARM, the Gallery will include over 2,000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space, a dedicated Children’s Gallery, and will be home to the $32 million City Collection, consisting of more than 4,400 artworks (including one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia). The gallery's inaugural program includes world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives, and new commissions, launching with the exhibition Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise, featuring new commissions by 19 established and emerging Australian artists including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harward. Other major exhibitions include Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson (31July 2021) and a world premiere exhibition exclusive to the Gold Coast and Australia, Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection (13 November 2021), drawn entirely from the famed art collector’s private collection. - ENDS - FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: To request interviews, further information or imagery please contact Amy Stalinescu, amy@m10.com.au, 0411 789 195. IMAGES: Images available for download HERE About HOTA GalleryIn 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 trailblazer 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 About Ramesh Mario NithiyendranBorn 1988, Colombo Sri-Lanka, Australia from 1989. Lives and works in Sydney, NSW.Artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran creates rough-edged, vibrant, new-age idols. He experiments with form and scale in the context of figurative sculpture to explore politics of sex, the monument, gender and religion. He has exhibited at various spaces and contexts including the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit, the encounters section for Art Basel Hong Kong, The 2016 Kuandu Biennale, Taipei, the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and The National: New Australian Art 2017. He has presented solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Australia and The Ian Potter Museum of Art. In 2014, Nithiyendran was awarded the 2014 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (emerging). In 2015, he was the winner of the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, Australia’s richest and premier award for artists working in the medium of ceramics. In 2019, he received the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, recognising outstanding talent and professional courage. His work is held in various collections, including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia, The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Artbank, The Museum of Applied Arts and Science, The Ian Potter Museum of Art and the Shepparton Art Museum. HOTA GALLERY RELEASES CITY COLLECTION ONLINE 2021-03-11T04:18:39Z hota-gallery-releases-city-collection-online The Gold Coast’s City Collection features over 4,500 artworks and is valued at approximately $32 million, including one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said presenting the City Collection online is a real coming of age for HOTA Gallery. “As well as amazing local, national and international art, the new HOTA Gallery has three gallery spaces dedicated to showing works from the City Collection, many of which have never been seen before,” she said. “Collected for the city over the past 60 years, we think you’ll be amazed at the depth of the collection and we can’t wait to show it off in its new home.” “But if you can’t wait until May 8 when the Gallery opens, then I’m proud to announce that for the first time, you can now explore more than 200 wonderful artworks from the collection online.” The HOTA Gallery team have been engaged in digitising the revered collection, creating a digital record of each work of art in preparation for the move to its new home in the collection store within the HOTA Gallery. Residents of the Gold Coast and beyond will now be able to search over 200 artworks in the collection and can filter their search by artist, date, material and even colour, with more works to be added on an ongoing basis. As part of the online catalogue, the City Collection will contain information about each of the works, including artist details and identifying which artworks will be on display in the HOTA Gallery for public viewing. “Many major galleries across the world have public collections, so as we head towards opening the new HOTA Gallery – Australia’s largest public gallery outside a capital city – this is a huge milestone for us,” Criena said. “As its name suggests, the City Collection is just that – a collection that belongs to the people of the Gold Coast and the community.” Since 1968, the City has been collecting works for the collection, and with the opening of the HOTA Gallery (formerly Gold Coast City Gallery) in 1986, the collection was made available for viewing by the people of the Gold Coast for the first time. To date, just a small snapshot of the City Collection has been displayed, which contains many significant works of art and reflects key developments in recent Australian art, including abstraction, feminist art, Indigenous art, ceramics and twenty-first century photography. The online catalogue, maintained and curated by HOTA, is supported by a company called Vernon, who are leaders when it comes to cataloguing collections online. The company facilitates the online collection of other major galleries across the world, including Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre (UK), Christchurch Art Gallery (NZ), National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery New South Wales and MONA in Tasmania. When it opens on May 8, the $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will span six levels and present a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions. Designed by award-winning Melbourne-based architects ARM, the Gallery will include over 2,000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition spaces and a dedicated Children’s Gallery, and will be home to the $32 million City Collection, consisting of more than 4,500 artworks. For more information on the HOTA Gallery and City Collection, visit: https://hota.com.au/collection/ - ENDS - FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 LINK TO MEDIA KIT: Images available for download HERE About HOTA Gallery: In May 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 trailblazer 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 HOTA WELCOMES NEW HOME COMPANY: EVERYBODY NOW! 2021-03-04T23:00:00Z hota-welcomes-new-home-company-everybody-now Everybody NOW! is described as a collective of performance makers and producers who create participatory experiences that are both celebratory and playful. Working with real people and telling real stories, Everybody NOW! are known for their beautifully crafted and engaging works that designed to move communities.The company are dedicated to the creation of outstanding, community engaged arts projects created with, for and by communities, locally on the Gold Coast, as well as nationally and internationally. “Everybody NOW! infuse a real sense of joy in everything they do,” said HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke. “I am truly delighted to welcome them on board as a new HOTA Home Company.” Gehrke and her team are strong believers that art blooms when there is collaboration, mentorship and shared ideas, and therefore are proud to encourage HOTA as a home base for Gold Coast artists and creatives. “It’s no secret that we love to work with artists that share our values and vision of the Gold Coast as a true home of creativity, where new work is created, communities are connected through art, and boundaries are always fearlessly pushed.” Everybody NOW! Co-Artistic Directors Kate (McDonald) Baggerson, Ian Pidd, and Bec Reid, have been working together since 2015 with a cohort of talented collaborators from all over Australia including right here on the Gold Coast. Over this time, they have carved a dynamic, national reputation for an inclusive and joyful brand of participation and access to the arts. While HOTA might be the new home for Everybody NOW!, both teams have collaborated in the past to deliver successful works including their involvement in HOTA’s initial Creative Development Program. “Through the Creative Development Program, HOTA are the proud founding supporters of a new music-theatre work called R.I.N.K that celebrates powerful women’s stories from Roller Derby. HOTA also commissioned Everybody NOW! to create a spectacular outdoor dance event, Dance Beneath the Stars, part of HOTA’s Home series in December 2019.” Everybody NOW! Co-Artistic Director and Executive Producer, Kate Baggerson says “we are thrilled to have the opportunity to embed the company into the heart of the arts here at HOTA. Our projects are designed to bring communities together and we look forward to being able to do that at HOTA as a home company.” Everybody NOW! joins HOTA’s other home companies such as the Gold Coast Film Festival, The Farm, and Supercell: Festival of Contemporary Dance, all of whom are deliver their own custom creative spark to the Gold Coast city. HOTA aims to provide opportunities and freedom for creatives to meet, collaborate and learn from some of the incredible calibre of national and international artists who visit the arts hub. As HOTA welcomes Everybody NOW! as a Home Company, they look forward to presenting even more high-quality participatory art and community-engaged arts experiences throughout the year. Currently, Everybody NOW! are collaborating with HOTA on a ‘future dreaming residency’ in March which entails a 3-day artist workshop to develop new ideas and projects for the future, as well as an original program, Tin Can Tapes that will premiere as part of HOTA’s Kids Take Over program in September 2021. For more information on Everybody NOW! visit: https://www.everybodynow.com.au/ To learn more about HOTA’s Home Companies, head to their website: https://hota.com.au/what-is-hota-homegrown/ - ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES:Bria Mastroianni | M10 CollectiveE: bria@m10.com.au M: 0490 017 539 Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 Here is a LINK TO THE MEDIA KIT with available images. ABOUT EVERYBODY NOW: Everybody NOW! are a collective of performance makers and producers who create participatory performance experiences that are celebratory and playful, propelled by passion and curiosity. The company is dedicated to the creation of high quality, community engaged and participation-based performances that are created on and from the Gold Coast, Australia, that reach out to collaborators nationally and internationally. Since formation in 2015, Everybody NOW! has established itself as a leader in contemporary community engagement and performance., Everybody NOW has attracted commissions from Australia’s Major Festivals including Brisbane Festival, Darwin Festival, Festival 2018 for the International Commonwealth Games Arts and Culture Program and Bleach* Festival. They have reached over 40,000 people as audiences and participants in 70 communities across five states of Australia, between the ages of 3 – 99 years young. Everybody NOW! is a purpose driven organisation with a vision To Move Communities. Everybody NOW is about, real stories and real people. Everybody. NOW! ABOUT HOTA HOMEGROWN: You can’t be a home for art without artists. And HOTA particularly love our homegrown Gold Coast artists and creatives. HOTA believes art thrives when there is collaboration, mentorship and shared ideas. HOTA currently shares their home with Gold Coast Film Festival, Everybody NOW! and are working with The Farm and Supercell amongst others. HOTA provide opportunities for artists to meet, collaborate and learn from some of the amazing national and international artists who visit their gallery and regularly commission work. Funding is also available to local artists through our annual Creative Development program and in early 2020 HOTA’s Rage Against the V(irus) fund was a quickfire response to supporting artists during challenging times. HOTA also set up an Artist Pass to make coming to HOTA more affordable for artists. HOTA offer the freedom, space and time to make something different. And there are more opportunities to come. HOTA COMMISSIONS LARGE-SCALE OUTDOOR ART INSTALLATIONS BY AUSTRALIAN ARTISTS JUDY WATSON AND RAMESH MARIO NITHIYENDRAN FOR NEW GALLERY 2021-02-10T01:19:13Z hota-commissions-large-scale-outdoor-art-installations-by-australian-artists-judy-watson-and-ramesh-mario-nithiyendran-for-new-gallery Commissioned by HOTA, the acclaimed artists, Queensland Waanyi artist Judy Watson and Sri-Lankan born, Sydney based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran will create bold new outdoor artworks responding to the site and welcoming visitors to the gallery. These new sculptural installations will be installed ahead of the opening of the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery on 8 May 2021. Responding to the history of the site and local Indigenous people, Brisbane based artist Judy Watson will present a multi-part installation which will serve as a place of gathering, education, knowledge, and ceremony for all visitors. Surrounded by Indigenous native plantings, this layered, sculptural garden work includes a pathway forming a topographical map depicting the Nerang prior to European settlement. Piccabeen basket and dilly bag sculptures designed in collaboration with Quandamooka artists Libby Harward and Elisa Jane Carmichael will loop through the space and a two-metre tall feather canopy will provide a place for shelter. Local language and motifs will be sandblasted onto the bleachers that encompass the site, expressing cultural knowledges, histories and stories. Watson is known for examining Indigenous Australian histories through public artworks and this mediative installation is a space for visitors to learn about the Indigenous culture that lies within the ground and air. For his first ambitious work in the public domain, contemporary artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has created a monumental six-metre high, double-sided sculpture to be located at the lower ground entrance to the gallery. Predominantly composed of bronze, Ramesh has combined a range of materials including concrete, neon and fibreglass to create a multi-coloured avatar reflecting the vibrancy of the HOTA Gallery building. Holding a neon sketched figure companion and standing on a geometric plinth, this is Nithiyendran’s largest sculpture to date and will welcome visitors inside the gallery with outstretched arms and expressive and commanding tones. Known for his challenging and innovative references of ideas of monumentality and idolatry, Nithiyendran’s new work is an extension and consolidation of his practice, continuing the artist’s interest in the authority and function of large-scale figurative sculptures that frame the entrances of various architectural forms and civic spaces across cultures and centuries. The artwork has been commissioned by HOTA and Melbourne Art Foundation (MAF). Tracy Cooper Lavery, Director, Gallery and Visual Arts, HOTA said: “What a joy to commission these significant works by two of Australia’s leading contemporary artists to welcome visitors into HOTA Gallery. Judy Watson’s collaborative work will create a shared space where we can learn together and acknowledge the indelible Aboriginal culture embedded within, and throughout our shared country. Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran's work lends itself to a contemporary Gold Coast vibe while recognising global spiritual culture. These new commissions join our growing program of outdoor art experiences and highlight our vision to create a place for art – both indoors and out." Judy Watson said: “The past lives within us. Ancestor’s dilly bags and baskets held within Australian and International collections are intertwined by the memory strands connecting contemporary Aboriginal artists work, in this case, Libby Harward and Elisa Jane Carmichael. The sculptural elements point to Aboriginal continuity and survival. The eagle feathers shelter and protect, the shells and stones embedded within the river form take us on a journey. We listen to those who came before and follow them to our future.”Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran said: “The work gestures to a range of global sources that link to my cultural background and contemporary culture. I hope local and international visitors engage with the work by considering the meanings and significance of idolatry and sculptural monuments in public spaces.” The $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia, spanning six levels and presenting a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions. Designed by award-winning Melbourne-based architects ARM, the gallery will include over 2,000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space and a dedicated Children’s Gallery, and will be home to the $32 million City Collection, consisting of more than 4,400 artworks (including one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia). - ENDS - FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES:Please contact Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 LINK TO MEIA KIT: Images available for download HERE HOTA ANNOUNCES 2021 LIVE PROGRAM 2020-12-20T23:00:00Z hota-announces-2021-live-program ZING heralds the first chapter of exciting new programming in 2021 for HOTA and is a rich and diverse program inviting audiences to make new memories, splash around, revisit familiar favourites, and celebrate great art. Kicking off on a sweet note with SCOOP! (15-17 January), the three-day festival with an epic line-up of ice cream, world-class circus, live music and more, starts the ZING program with a bang. In 2021, HOTA is planning to bring events and experiences to the HOTA precinct to engage, experience and delight people time and time again. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said HOTA has remained resilient across this year and is now ready to ring in 2021 with ZING. “Reflecting back on the year, I’m proud to say that HOTA has led the way nationally in the arts and culture sector in response to the global pandemic.” “As soon as we were able, we welcomed back our artists and community to HOTA,” she said. “Acknowledging that artists are at the heart of what we do, during a challenging period we launched a quick response artist grant Rage Against the V(irus), supporting over 150 Gold Coast artists and funding their work during a time when they needed it most.” “Since then, we haven’t looked back – programming intimate lakeside sessions with Fireside, the east coast premiere of the major earth installation Gaia during WONDER welcoming over 15,000 visitors and fast tracking a $100,000 commission for artists to be involved in the inaugural HOTA Gallery exhibition SOLID GOLD, to name a few.” “It has been quite the year, but we are excited and optimistic for what’s to come. The local community has been such a big support, and we promise to keep delivering more great art and events to the Gold Coast including the opening of the HOTA Gallery and kicking off 2021 with our new live program ZING,” Criena added. Opening 10 April, the new $60.5 million Gallery will feature an inaugural program of Australian exclusives, celebrations of Queensland artists, a dedicated Children’s Gallery, special events, artist talks, education programs never-before-seen works from the City Collection and more great and surprising art, indoors and out. ZING has something for everyone – art, performance, music, film, and so much more, and will be a welcome return to what audiences love about their Home of the Arts. Full program details are below and more to be announced in early 2021.All events meet social distancing and hygiene guidelines per HOTA’s COVID safe plan and is available on their website. For more information on HOTA’s ZING program, visit: https://hota.com.au/zing/ Here is a LINK TO THE MEDIA KIT with available images.*ZING program details attached. - ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES:Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 INAUGURAL EXHIBITION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR NEW HOTA GALLERY, AUSTRALIA’S LARGEST PUBLIC GALLERY OUTSIDE A CAPITAL CITY 2020-11-17T23:00:00Z inaugural-exhibition-program-announced-for-new-hota-gallery-australias-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. ENDS MEDIA CONTACTSTo request interviews, further information or imagery please contact: Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE:amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 IMAGES: Images available for download HEREABOUT THE EXHIBITIONSHOTA 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 COLLECTIONThe 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. HOTA ANNOUNCES LINE UP OF LIVE PERFORMANCE, GREAT ART AND EVENTS DURING UPSPRING 2020-10-13T02:16:46Z hota-announces-line-up-of-live-performance-great-art-and-events-during-upspring Over the next few months, audiences can expect intimate performances by some of Australia’s best singer-songwriters, live music in the sunshine, local storytelling, panel discussions, movies, and in a first at HOTA’s Outdoor Stage – Queensland Ballet presents a short and exclusive season of Giselle. A program highlight, Queensland Ballet returns to the stage from November 12 to 14 with a ballet of the romantic era. The Gold Coast event made extra special, being the only production of Giselle that Queensland Ballet currently has in its calendar. Giselle follows the story of an innocent peasant girl, tricked into love with a deceitful Count, before transforming into a forgiving spirit who saves her lover from a vengeful death. Queensland Ballet’s Artistic Director Li Cunxin said the outdoor venue will be a great backdrop to celebrate this momentous occasion for the Company, after its entire 2020 season was postponed to 2021 as a result of COVID-19. “We are thrilled to be back on the stage, not only to do what we love, but to give back to our audiences who have been so generously supportive through this unprecedented time,” said Mr Li. “A story of innocent love and betrayal, Giselle is a masterpiece that has captured the hearts of audiences since it first premiered in Paris in 1841.” Off the back of the success of their recent live outdoor program – WONDER – which saw over 16,000 patrons attend the HOTA Parklands over two weeks, HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the new program signifies a fresh chapter for the Home of the Arts. “UPSPRING is the perfect compilation of live performances and great art in the outdoors that will bring people together to share in the extraordinary experiences HOTA continues to bring to the coast,” she said. “There’s something special about springtime, and this next chapter of live events includes some incredible artists and companies that will guarantee everybody a good time as we head into the tail end of the year.” UPSPRING kicks off this October with its Supper Club events, an opportunity to get up close and personal during a series of Saturday nights in HOTA’s Lakeside Room, with tickets including great food and performance from the irrepressible, Dami Im (Oct 17), Sarah McLeod (Oct 24), Katie Noonan (Oct 31), Washington (Nov 7) and Sahara Beck (Nov 28). Circa’s Peepshow turns cabaret on its head in a sold-out performance on October 17 from the thrillingly acrobatic to the comically playful. On October 25, one of Australia’s best-selling albums, Neil Diamond’s iconic Hot August Night, will be performed by The Good Band as they bring their own flavour to the classic tracks on HOTA’s Outdoor Stage. While for cinemagoers, the Gold Coast Film Festival will be curating the Queer Film Festival on November 8 to 10 in HOTA’s Cinema featuring a series of vivid and engaging films; National Theatre Live returns to the stage with James McAvoy in Cyrano de Bergerac (Nov 14); and there’s a feast of bite-sized cinema with Flickerfest 2020 and more. Magic Beach is the new stage adaptation of the classic Australian book by Alison Lester AM on November 13 to 14, from the team behind The Gruffalo. The Gold Coast’s popular storytelling night is on again – Stories in the Key of GC returns on November 27 after being the very first live show at HOTA since the venue had to temporarily close its doors earlier this year. MC Fletcher Babb (aka Cold Ghost) will be joined by local writer Sam Morris, investigative journalist Hedley Thomas (Teacher’s Pet), and Gold Coast poet Vivi Baker for a dive into local stories. On November 29, the Gold Coast’s Roots Music Festival returns with a star-studded line up of roots artists taking to HOTA’s Outdoor Stage, including Tijuana Cartel, Fat Picnic, Hanlon Brothers, August River Band and MC, DJ Sarah Howells. HOTA joins forces with VAULT to present The F Word on December 5, with a day of panellists discussing feminism in the art world, chaired by one of Australia’s leading curators and art advisors, Alison Kubler. And throughout December, HOTA’s popular Fridays on the Lawn continues with 12 Days of Christmas – free live music throughout the HOTA parklands celebrating the festive season, with performances from several Queensland artists including Benny D Williams, Trichotomy, Bobby Alu, Karl S Williams, and plenty more. UPSPRING will be sure to put a spring in the Gold Coasters’ steps with this jam-packed live program and more to be announced over the coming months. All events meet social distancing and hygiene guidelines per HOTA’s COVID safe plan and is available on their website. For more information on HOTA’s UPSPRING program, visit: www.hota.com.au/upspring*Here is a LINK TO THE MEDIA KIT with available images. - ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES:Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195 HOTA’S WONDER - ELEVEN DAYS OF OUTDOOR ART AND LIVE ENTERTAINMENT THIS OCTOBER 2020-09-09T00:42:53Z hotas-wonder-eleven-days-of-outdoor-art-and-live-entertainment-this-october WONDER will weave powerful live musical performances with magnificent sensory art including dance, soundscapes, circus, film, storytelling, workshops and more, with free and ticketed events for the whole family to enjoy outdoors at HOTA. The rich and diverse, eleven-day program will literally orbit the awe-inspiring, major installation that is Gaia, as it rotates and floats serenely, suspended from HOTA’s Outdoor Stage. Created by UK multidisciplinary artist, Luke Jerram, Gaia will offer audiences the opportunity to view the planet in all its glory as if they were astronauts looking on from outer space; a grand artwork featuring 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke said she can’t wait to welcome this extraordinary installation to the HOTA precinct in October, just in time for the glorious Queensland spring weather. “One of the things HOTA does best, is bringing incredible art and people together. And Luke Jerram’s magnificent Gaia is truly enchanting. Not only does Gaia capture both the beauty and fragility of our planet, it will also inspire a timely sense of reflection and connection as it revolves, glistens and glows,” she said. “Over eleven days, WONDER features live performances, events and activities inspired by Gaia that will delight and inspire all ages. It’s the perfect excuse to get your friends and family together to share an incredible experience in the beautiful HOTA parklands.” From October 1 to 11, Gaia will be open to the public for free day and night viewing against the backdrop of the Gold Coast city skyline, with a specially made composition by BAFTA award-winning composer, Dan Jones. Two highlights of the program include Saturday night events for the whole family, where audiences can bring a picnic rug, sit under the stars, and enjoy two incredible ensemble concerts beneath the Gaia installation. On October 3, world-renowned guitar virtuosa and ARIA-award winning performer Karin Schaupp curates and directs Sounds of Wanderlust, featuring performances by Orava String Quartet, Yugambeh Youth Choir, Hungarian cello soloist Gyorgy Deri in his Australian debut, and an unmissable solo performance from famed opera star, Jose Carbo. On October 10, Return to Earth directed by Gavin Webber of The Farm, provides an evening of contemporary dance, music and circus, with performances by Tenzin Choegyal, Guy Webster, Taree and Caleena Sansbury, Thomas E. S. Kelly, Kayah and Maitreyah Guenther, Aarti Bajaj, and others.Kids Take Over makes a comeback for the last weekend of school holidays on September 30 to October 2. Kids can step into the land of stories, dream big and get creative in this mini-fest as they learn to write and illustrate their own books, solve mysteries, dance the Haka, sing along with Play School presenter Lucas Proudfoot, enjoy craft workshops, film screenings and more. For the adults, HOTA’s Lawn Bar opens on Fridays (Oct 2 & 9) during WONDER, with live local music backdropped by the Gaia installation as the sun sets over the parklands. On Sundays (Oct 4 & 11), locals can start their morning right with free yoga led by experienced coach, Ian Cariaga under the awe of Gaia, followed by the Bundall Farmer’s Markets. Uncover hidden stories of the parklands armed with a picnic basket, radio and map during the audio-led experience Hear, Here on October 9 to 11. The pop-up picnic radio station has been made specifically for listening in the HOTA precinct by Gold Coast artist Daniele Constance. Then on October 11, a special broadcast performance of Hear, Here will be showcased via the lake where a special guest will be floating on a boat, as a live soundscape is created using specialised sound equipment diving beneath the surface of the water. The Birth and Death of Stars rounds off the program on October 11, with live music and a new show from multi-award winning, international touring group – Mzaza – playing underneath Gaia. Their exotic rhythms and melodies tap into the beating heart of humankind taking audiences on a musical ride. All events meet social distancing and hygiene guidelines per HOTA’s COVID safe plan and is available on their website. For more information on HOTA’s WONDER program, visit: www.hota.com.au - ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES:Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195Here is a LINK TO THE MEDIA KIT with available images of Gaia and the WONDER program. *WONDER program details attached. ABOUT LUKE JERRAMLuke Jerram is a UK-based artist known globally for his multidisciplinary work including sculptures, installations and live artworks, which combine art, science and play. His work tours worldwide and in 2018, he had 73 exhibitions in 21 different countries. He is known for creating art which encourages viewer participation, with previous works including Play Me, I'm Yours, which saw over 1,900 street pianos installed in over 70 cities across the globe and the critically acclaimed Sky Orchestra, a performative artwork including 7 hot air balloons and a surround sound experience (this launched the 2007 Sydney Festival). His Glass Microbiology artworks are in museum collections around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Shanghai Museum of Glass, Wellcome Collection (London) and Corning Museum of Glass (USA). HOTA TO PRESENT EAST COAST PREMIERE OF THE MAJOR EARTH INSTALLATION, GAIA 2020-08-13T00:01:08Z hota-to-present-east-coast-premiere-of-the-major-earth-installation-gaia Created by UK multidisciplinary artist Luke Jerram, Gaia measures seven metres in diameter and combines 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface with specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones. Gaia is the personification of the Earth in Greek Mythology and this major artwork provides visitors the opportunity to view our planet as if they were astronauts looking on from outer space. The installation will be suspended from HOTA’s Outdoor Stage from 1 - 14 October 2020 and will be accompanied by a program of events, to be announced, including classical music, contemporary dance, talks from thought-leaders, and more. Criena Gehrke, Chief Executive Officer of HOTA, Home of the Arts said: “Luke Jerram’s stunning installation captures the beauty and fragility of our planet. In a time where people are overwhelmed, this captivating artwork offers a gentle space for reflection. Audiences can come and sit on the lawn, enjoying the experience in their own time with loved ones, or take advantage of the performances taking place that will respond to the wonder of Gaia. We are thrilled to be able to provide the opportunity to connect with work from a celebrated international artist.”Luke Jerram is a UK-based artist known globally for his multidisciplinary work including sculptures, installations and live artworks, which combine art, science and play. His most recent installation Museum of the Moon has been viewed by over 3 million people worldwide and was presented in Australia at the Commonwealth Games and recently at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. “Gaia creates a sense of the Overview Effect, the experience of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment, as felt by astronauts in outer space,” said Artist Luke Jerram. ”Now in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the artwork may provide the viewer with a new perspective; a sense that societies of the Earth are all interconnected and that we have a responsibility toward one another. After the lockdown, there has been a renewed respect for our natural world.” Images and video footage available of GAIA to download HERE. The program of events and opening hours will be announced shortly. Further information can be found at www.hota.com.au. - ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES:Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195ABOUT LUKE JERRAMLuke Jerram is a UK-based artist known globally for his multidisciplinary work including sculptures, installations and live artworks, which combine art, science and play. His work tours worldwide and in 2018, he had 73 exhibitions in 21 different countries. He is known for creating art which encourages viewer participation, with previous works including Play Me, I'm Yours, which saw over 1,900 street pianos installed in over 70 cities across the globe and the critically acclaimed Sky Orchestra, a performative artwork including 7 hot air balloons and a surround sound experience (this launched the 2007 Sydney Festival). His Glass Microbiology artworks are in museum collections around the world including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), Shanghai Museum of Glass, Wellcome Collection (London) and Corning Museum of Glass (USA). ABOUT HOTA GALLERYIn 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. 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/ HOTA’S LIVE FIRESIDE PROGRAM BLAZES ON 2020-08-04T00:44:11Z hotas-live-fireside-program-blazes-on From August 21 to September 12, audiences can expect a line-up of incredible artists and great food as the intimate events continue in the cosy comfort of HOTA’s Lakeside Room. HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said the events to-date, which have featured a mix of well-known names, unique experiences and the best in homegrown arts, have been well received by audiences, “Over the last month, our FIRESIDE program featured 16 events, 90 artists, 1000 (socially distanced) people, a whole heap of hand sanitiser and some much-needed good times,” she said. “It was a real privilege to welcome back artists and audiences, and the extension of FIRESIDE enables us to keep giving extraordinary experiences to our community.” “With another exceptional line-up of artists, there’s no doubt this will be another sell-out success.” Cult cabaret favourites, Club Briefs, will cause some glorious chaos in an entertaining 18+ evening on August 21, followed by rock legend Russell Morris, who will perform his greatest hits on August 22. During a weekend of the classics from August 29 to 30, Queensland Ballet and Queensland Symphony Orchestra will present their incredible artists up-close in the intimate setting of HOTA’s Lakeside Room, with some enchanting and unforgettable performances. Cinema aficionados can get their fix, with two events on September 11 and 12, as The History of Animation unfolds alongside a concert by master percussionist Ben Walsh, and string virtuoso, Shenzo Gregorio; and The Honey Sliders with their ‘party-rock dirty-country’ sounds will perform songs from the revolutionary film, Easy Rider. Those wanting to get creative can enjoy workshops with a twist in HOTA’s Larger than Life Drawing session (September 6) and Storyfest’s Write In The Moment workshop (August 22), where real life prompt cards starring ‘unusual characters living in strange moments’ provide inspiration for writers. Gold Coast artists will battle it out in front of a live audience to create the best artwork in an hour in FIRESIDE’s Art Battle (September 4), and those wanting to show off their literary prowess can enjoy an afternoon of Book Trivia on September 12.Many of the events will include eats in the ticket price, with either a high tea pre-show or supper to finish off the night’s entertainment. Tickets are on sale now - for more information about HOTA or FIRESIDE, visit their website: www.hota.com.au/fireside *LINK TO MEDIA KIT WITH IMAGERY*- ENDS - ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES:Amy Stalinescu | M10 CollectiveE: amy@m10.com.au M: 0411 789 195