WATCH: First artwork hung at new HOTA Gallery

The first piece of art to grace the walls of the new HOTA Gallery has been hung today, ahead of its opening on May 8.

William Robinson’s The Rainforest is one of the most valuable and treasured works in the City Collection, with HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke telling myGC it is worth “a million dollars”.

The monumental painting, which spans almost 5 metres long, was acquired through local donations from the Gold Coast’s business and art loving community for the City Collection in 1991.


“Gold Coasters have a special connection to the beautiful environment in which we live, from the beaches to the hinterland, so it was absolutely fitting that this painting was chosen as the design inspiration for the new HOTA Gallery,” said Ms Gehrke.

“The artwork has been in Sydney undergoing some minor conservation work, and now it’s back and ready for its big reveal on Saturday 8 May. We can’t wait to see it under lights in the new gallery space, enhanced by its surroundings in a way it’s never been seen before.”

The Rainforest will be part of the HOTA Gallery’s Collection exhibitions, before being featured in the forthcoming major exhibition Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson exhibition from 31 July to 3 October in Gallery 1.

Like The Rainforest, the new HOTA Gallery will evoke a sense of wonder, discovery, creation, beauty, spectacle and scale.

The Rainforest has been both the inspiration and the design of the Gallery and a metaphor for the curatorial approach. Evoking the essence of a rainforest, with aspects of light and dark, unexpected viewpoints, and moments of surprise and delight around every corner, it’s a privilege to share the new HOTA Gallery with the Gold Coast community,” Criena added.

The $60.5 million HOTA Gallery will be the latest addition to Australia’s dynamic new arts precinct, and to celebrate the launch weekend, HOTA will present a weekend of activities and events across the precinct. For more information, visit: