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Gallery at HOTA closure and new HOTA Gallery


In early 2019 the old Gallery at HOTA closed as we prepare to open the new HOTA Gallery. The new HOTA Gallery will open on 8 May 2021 and you can read more about the opening exhibitions here.

When will HOTA Gallery open to the public?

HOTA Gallery will open on Saturday 8 May 2021. We can’t wait!

What exhibitions will I be able to see at HOTA Gallery?

You can read all about the exhibitions that you will be able to see in the new HOTA gallery here.

When will tickets be on sale?

Watch this space – tickets will be on sale in early 2021. To be the first to hear the news, sign up to our enews here.

Why did the existing Gallery need to close during the construction period?

Gallery at HOTA was closed to allow the Gallery team to focus on planning and projects related to the opening of the new HOTA Gallery.

The Gallery team have been working on the City Collection including conservation, cataloguing, photographing, crating, and framing works of art in preparation for moving the collection to the new HOTA Gallery.

Our curators work on exhibitions up to three years in advance, and negotiations are currently underway to host international and national exhibitions in 2021-2023. We’re also curating our own shows and commissioning new work, which will be unveiled at the opening of the new Gallery.

Education will be a significant component of our public outreach program, and we’ll soon start creating curriculum-oriented content, as well as turn our attention to developing projects for the new Children’s Gallery and Workshop.

Why do we need a new Gallery?

The new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery is part of the City of Gold Coast’s Cultural Precinct Masterplan – which also includes the $37.5 million world-class Outdoor Stage, and the HOTA Bridge which links us to Surfers Paradise.

Once completed, HOTA Gallery will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia – making it a must-see destination for locals and tourists alike. The HOTA Gallery is a vertical format gallery over six levels, with over 2000m2 of AAA rated exhibition space. The vastly expanded space will give us the ability to attract world-class international and national touring exhibitions and showcase our 4,500 strong City Collection. In addition, there will be room for a workshop and children’s gallery, restaurant, roof-top bar and retail store plus Collection storage, work space and crate storage area.

The ambition for the project is to provide both high quality outcomes for viewing and interacting with art but also the building in itself. HOTA Gallery has a significant role to play in its place in the art world but also as a civic asset for the Gold Coast and its people.

How will HOTA Gallery stay connected to patrons and artists during the construction period?

HOTA Gallery will remain active in the arts community by continuing to offer commissions and programs for local, national and international artists. There will also be a regular schedule of workshops, salons and curated conversations.

The HOTA Artists Pass will encourage local artists to visit HOTA and engage with art and other creatives.

For art lovers of all ages there are a range of programs to engage in, including ArtLab and Life Drawing.

From July 2019, the HOTA Foyer display will include key works from the Gold Coast City Collection and will remain in place until late 2020.

We’ll also move towards presenting more art in the outdoor space and further developing our outdoor curatorial program, where you can expect to see some amazing art pop up in unexpected places around the precinct.

What will happen to HOTA Gallery art prizes during construction?

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award will be reinstated once the new HOTA Gallery is open, recommencing in 2021 when it will move to a biennial presentation.

The Gold Coast Art Prize (GCAP) has been a major feature of our exhibition program for 48 years. The annual acquisitive prize played an vital role in beginning the City’s collection, and continued to build the collection with notable artworks from across Australia. The collection currently stands at over 4500 works and the Gold Coast community and visitors will be able to view many of the works (some for the first time) in the dedicated collection galleries with the opening of the new HOTA Gallery in 2021. The energy that went into the GCAP will be concentrated into new initiatives, which invest in our local artists in a fresh way, advancing the work that Gold Coast artists are developing.

The Ceramic Award is under review and there will not be another award held in the former Gold Coast City Art Gallery exhibition space. The Gallery is considering new opportunities to promote and develop ceramic practice on the Gold Coast as part of the curatorial program for the new gallery, which is set to open in early 2021.

Are institutional loans still available over the construction phase?

While the team are busy preparing for the new HOTA Gallery, we will cease all institutional loans from April 2019 until March 2021. We’re grateful for our longstanding partnerships with Australian university, regional, state and national galleries, and it never stops being a thrill to see a HOTA collection work feature in a new exhibition.

Does the new gallery still need funding? How would my donation be used?

Yes. HOTA Gallery relies on philanthropy to fund much of its educational programming, commissions, exhibitions, and conservation of its collection.

To learn more about how to make a donation, gift or corporate partnerships please visit our Support the Gallery page.

What will happen to the City Collection during the construction period?

The City Collection will remain in storage during the construction period. Although the collection will not be physically accessible to the public during this time, a selection of works will be on display in the HOTA Foyer from July 2019 until late 2020.

We are working to make our collection of works available online through our digitisation project, requiring a significant investment of time and resources.

How can I keep informed about HOTA Gallery news and updates during the construction period?

Signing up for the HOTA email newsletter is a great way to keep abreast of future gallery news. Our HOTA website will continue to be updated with new information, and we will continue to provide updates on our social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Does the HOTA Gallery do artwork valuations, appraisal or authentication?

Unfortunately, the Gallery does not provide a valuation, appraisal or authentication service of artworks, nor can we provide valuation details for items held in the Collection.

You can find a list of approved Australian valuers on the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program website, and search for certified auctioneers and valuers on the Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia website.

A directory of conservators in private practice is available on the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) website.

Is HOTA Gallery currently accepting exhibition proposals?

HOTA Gallery welcomes exhibition proposals from local, regional and national artists and curators. Please complete this form, and your exhibition proposal will be considered by the HOTA Gallery team. HOTA Gallery includes a 1000sqm exhibition space, 3 levels of 300sqm of collections galleries, and a Children’s gallery.

Please also sign up to our e-news to keep up to date with all gallery news and announcements or watch out for any commission opportunities.

How do I now contact the Gallery team?

Any queries regarding the new HOTA Gallery can be directed to Hello at 07 5588 4044 or email [email protected].