HOTA announces commissioning opportunity for Gold Coast artists

Up to twenty Gold Coast artists will be given the opportunity to have their work displayed in the brand new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery when it opens next year.

The organisation has today launched a $100,000 commissioning opportunity that will see selected local artists receive $5,000 to create a body of work for an exhibition.

HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, said the callout was a unique opportunity for Gold Coast artists.


“Now more than ever, we have a deep responsibility to support Gold Coast artists. We have fast-tracked this $100,000 commissioning opportunity for up to 20 artists to create new works for the inaugural HOTA Gallery program in 2021,” she said.

“We have huge talent in our community and to highlight their work in this incredible gallery pays homage to that. Artists are at the core of our vision; without artists there is no home of the arts.”

The newly commissioned works will be presented in an exhibition within the HOTA Gallery’s 1000m2 exhibition space, with a number of the works to also be placed outdoors in the surrounding parklands.

Gold Coast artists are invited to submit ideas for indoor and outdoor works, ranging from medium to large-scale installations, video projections, free-standing sculptures and performance, to all types of outdoor art that can be executed well in the environment.

HOTA are accepting submissions from established and emerging artists aged 18 years or older.

As well as receiving an artist fee for their participation in the exhibition, successful applicants will have the support from the HOTA Gallery Curatorial and Exhibitions teams to develop, prepare, and install their work.

Applications are now open and can be submitted online at The deadline for applications is Friday 19 June. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 3 July.

Successful artists must have all artwork completed by January 2021, with further details around the exhibition date announced in late 2020.

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