WATCH: Local artists awarded funding through HOTA’s Creative Development Program

Twelve locals artists are set to receive funding and support after they beat out more than 250 applications to be selected for HOTA’s Creative Development Program.

The Program, which is run in collaboration with City of Gold Coast, offered $200,000 and in-kind resources for local artists who needed a quick injection of cash, resources or space to support and enable their ideas.

The chosen artists are a mix of both emerging and established practitioners whose proposals were collaborative, crossarts, multi-platform and involved works that shifted from or expanded on the artist’s current practice.


HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the callout to local artists received a great response that will further the scope and breadth of the city’s arts and culture landscape.

“From the response we had to this first callout, it is obvious that the Gold Coast arts sector is ambitious and ready to take risks – it’s part of the city’s DNA and our local artists have a growing reputation for being the ones to watch nationally,” she said.

“Hold on tight, I can’t wait to see what is going to come out of this program.”

The successful applicants include Grayson Millwood – The Farm, Nadia Sunde in collaboration with Everybody Now, Rebecca Ross – The Walls, Corrina Bonshek, Thomas Kelly, Michael Candy, Fletcher Babb, Kayah Guenther, Lowana-Skye Davies – Umwelt Collective, Jay Jermyn, Pearly Black and Adrienne Kenafake.

“The projects that have been supported range from big to intimate in scale and represent a diversity of artforms and practice. What they share is an ability to push creative boundaries and have artists at the very centre of the project,” said Criena.

From the 254 applications, 52 were shortlisted, 12 of which are the successful projects to be funded, 8 of these will have public outcomes in 2019, as well as 10 with future presentation possibilities for HOTA.

The program was split across two key streams, including Little Bites – small projects in their early stages of development with up to $5,000 cash and in-kind support; and Big Bites for large and complex projects, with up to $40,000 cash and in-kind support.

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