New art hub for the Gold Coast

Visit the largest art gallery outside an Australian capital city.

A new $60.5 million art gallery has opened at Home of the Arts (HOTA) on the Gold Coast.

Spanning six levels, the 2000m2 exhibition space is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia.

The HOTA Gallery is the centrepiece of the Gold Coast’s Cultural Precinct master plan which guides the evolution of the precinct over the next 10-15 years.

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the gallery would help change peoples’ opinions of the Gold Coast. 

“We’re delighted to throw open the doors and welcome the Gold Coast to the new HOTA Gallery for the first time,” Ms Gehrke said.

“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.”

Ms Gehrke said the gallery would continue HOTA’s ethos of promoting local artists.

“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,” she said.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibition Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise celebrates artists’ connections to the Gold Coast region.

Commissioned by the gallery, 19 emerging and established Australian artists and collectives 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 Gold Coast’s landscape. 

HOTA Director Gallery and Visual Arts Tracy Cooper-Lavery said the region was home to many talented artists.

“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,” Ms Cooper-Lavery said.

Solid Gold showcases the incredible depth of creativity and talent in our city and will position local artists into the national conversation.”

The exhibition features indoor and outdoor works ranging from large-scale sculptures, ceramics, paintings, photography to immersive video and installations from artists including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Abbey McCulloch, Samuel Leighton-Dore, Elliot Bastianon, CJ Anderson and Lisa Sorbie Martin.

Alongside the premiere exhibitions and new commissions, HOTA Gallery also presents works from the $32 million City Collection. Consisting of more than 4400 artworks, the collection includes one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia.

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 collector’s private collection.

Information on the 2021 exhibition program can be found on the HOTA website with further details and programming to be announced in late 2021.