New HOTA Gallery

The new HOTA Gallery

A brand new $60.5 million gallery is being built at HOTA, Home of the Arts as part of the HOTA Project.

The new HOTA Gallery will open on 8 May 2021 and the opening program of exhibitions was announced on 18 Nov 2020. With unexpected art indoors and out, HOTA, Home of the Arts will become a must-see cultural destination.

It all started with a painting…

William Robinson’s stunning painting The Rainforest (a key work in the City Collection) has been the inspiration for both the architectural design and future gallery programming: a trail-blazer full of wonder, discovery, creation, beauty, spectacle and scale. It will be filled with multiple ideas, an unfolding experience of viewpoints and trails that challenge us to dig deeper and get lost in creative ideas. It will have aspects of light and dark; points of discovery – both internally and externally.

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 we’ll host three major international exhibitions that are Australian exclusives and only seen on the Gold Coast. And we’ll continue to celebrate local talent and show the $32 million City Collection in its new home.

Designed by international architects ARM, our $60.5 million art gallery will span six levels, with over 2000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space which includes:

  • The Main Exhibition Gallery – a 1000m2 space, designed specifically for touring exhibitions of an international size and scale. It will be a column free space with soaring six-metre high ceilings.
  • A dedicated Children’s Gallery.
  • 900m2 of exhibition space for the City collection and temporary exhibitions.
  • Nearly 1000m2 of collection storage, work-space and crate storage area.

The annual Gallery program will be designed to present headliner exhibitions intrinsically linked with smaller scale exhibitions, commissions, children’s exhibitions and education initiatives, talks, performances and Up-Lates alongside external activations and installations.

Construction timeline – September 2018 to end 2020
Official opening – 8 May 2021

Read more about the opening program of exhibitions you can expect to see in the new HOTA Gallery.

You can read more about the City of Gold Coast’s plans for the HOTA Gallery here, or and subscribe here to stay up-to-date with program announcement and other Gallery news.


For project enquires or information on impacts during construction of the HOTA Gallery contact the Council project team at [email protected] or call 07 5581 7747.