After welcoming more than 1,240,352 visitors and 700 exhibitions over the past 33 years, the original Gallery at HOTA closed to the public for the final time over the weekend.
Heralding the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the Coast’s Home of the Arts, HOTA will turn its focus and energy to opening the brand new HOTA Gallery in early 2021.
Once open, the $60.5 million, six level, purpose-built space will be the largest gallery outside of a major city in Australia.
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Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, said HOTA will continue to support local artists and be a place of visual arts during the construction period.
“HOTA Gallery will remain active in the arts community by continuing to offer commissions and programs focused on local, national and international artists. The recently introduced Artists Pass will encourage homegrown artists to visit HOTA and engage with art and other creatives.”
There is plenty for HOTA patrons to see and do too while the new Gallery is under construction.
“For visitors of all ages there are a range of programs to engage in, including ArtLab and Life Drawing, plus our foyer display presenting key works from the Gold Coast City Collection,” said Ms Cooper-Lavery.
“We’ll also move towards presenting more art in the outdoors and further developing our outdoor curatorial program, where you can expect to see art pop up in unexpected places around the precinct.”
Until June 30 locals can enjoy the exhibition, Dean Cogle: Beyond Nostalgia, a retrospective by local artist Dean Cogle that captures the Gold Coast’s retro iconic architecture.
Gold Coast City Art Gallery first opened its doors in 1986, as part of the larger Gold Coast Arts Centre development and was the first time the City collection could be displayed in a proper gallery setting for the public to view.
The City Collection has grown from a modest 270 works to more than 5,000 works of art worth more than $30 million. It also includes one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia.