Gold Coasters, prepare to be wowed!
After nearly 3 years of construction, the brand new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery is set to open to the public this weekend.
Spanning six levels, it features multiple exhibitions spaces, children’s gallery, restaurant and rooftop bar, making it the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia.
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HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the gallery will celebrate artists from across Australia and the world.
“The Gallery will challenge everything people thought they knew about arts and culture on the Gold Coast – it’s bold, unapologetic and completely unbound by tradition,” she said.
“HOTA Gallery represents everything we believe in at HOTA, from local artists front and centre in our first major exhibition, to hidden and unexpected stories in our collection galleries, exquisite Indigenous art and wonderful, immersive experiences for our youngest culture vultures in the Children’s Gallery, there is truly something for everyone.”
The Gallery’s inaugural program launches with the major exhibition SOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise (8 May – 4 July 2021).
Commissioned by the Gallery, 19 emerging and established Australian artists and collectives, each with a personal connection to the Gold Coast region, have created new works exploring the relationship between people and place, the human impact on the natural world, as well as the urban environment and beauty of the landscape.
HOTA Gallery and Visual Arts Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery said “SOLID GOLD showcases the incredible depth of creativity and talent in our city and will position local artists into the national conversation”.
Alongside the premiere exhibitions and new commissions, HOTA Gallery also presents works from the $32 million City Collection. Consisting of more than 4,400 artworks, the collection includes one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia.
HOTA Gallery will officially open to the public on Saturday 8 May. Tickets to the opening weekend are sold out, however there will still be a hive of activity throughout the HOTA precinct to enjoy, including celebrations on the Outdoor Stage.
HOTA Gallery is open 7 days a week, entry is free and bookings are strongly advised. For more information, visit: hota.com.au/book-your-hota-gallery-visit/