ARTISTS in London, Basel, New York and Los Angeles have expressed interest in loaning their works to the Gold Coast’s new multi-million-dollar art gallery to be built at HOTA, the city’s Home of the Arts.
It comes after Mayor Tom Tate put a callout to Australians with private art collections on Friday, asking them to consider displaying their pieces at the local gallery when it opens in early 2021.
“I know there are many private collectors who will be willing to consider placing their art on loan to the gallery, so all Australians can enjoy their works,” Mayor Tate said.
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“Who knows what incredible art work exists out there until we ask the question?”
HOTA Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery said she shares the same enthusiasm as the Mayor about the direction the gallery is taking.
“It’s a job we take very seriously and have been spending considerable time in discussions with galleries and collectors from all over the world for some time now, and it would be ideal to attract notable ‘destination’ works from local collectors also.”
While key international exhibitions will be a drawcard, one of Tracy’s leading goals is to support Australian artists.
“It’s important for us to develop stronger support for Australian artists; especially artists from our region and provide a platform to showcase their work alongside some of the world’s best contemporary practice,” she said.
“We are looking forward to delivering some exciting announcements in 2019 as artworks and exhibitions of national and international significance are secured for the Gallery’s program.”
The glitzy $60.5 million HOTA Gallery is due to be completed towards the end of 2020, with the official opening slated for early 2021.
When completed, it will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia.