Gold Coast’s HOTA to draw huge crowds with 2021 exhibition program

The Gold Coast’s revamped HOTA Gallery has announced a bumper inaugural exhibition program for 2021.

The gallery will become the largest regional gallery in the southern hemisphere when it opens in April next year.

It will launch with a stunning line up of international and Australian premier exhibitions, in the hopes of getting over a million people through the doors next year alone.


The new $60.5 million gallery will open with ‘Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise’, which will be presented across the six-level gallery and the HOTA parklands.

It’ll feature 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.

That exhibition will run until June 20, with ‘Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson’ to follow through to October.

It 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.

The big ticket international exhibit will follow after that; 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’.

It’ll feature some 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.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate says this is a major milestone for the city.

“Opening this biggest regional gallery in Australia, shows that culturally we have come of age, and that art and culture is truly the soul of our city,” Mayor Tate said.

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