ArtKeeper – Meet The Artists
If the pandemic has reminded the world of anything, it’s that in times of turmoil and uncertainty, we turn to art and artists in endless ways – to lift our spirits, keep our cultural connections, imagine new futures and more.
We know that it continues to be a challenging time across the arts sector in all corners of the country. The only thing we’re certain of is uncertainty, and that we can’t be the Home of the Arts without artists. We’re committed to contributing to improving certainty, security and opportunity for artists. We value the essential contribution of artists to society and want to support them to keep creating. So, in 2021, we advertised for artists to join HOTA.
We advertised for 3 fixed-term contracts, and given the quality and number of applications, were able to employ 4 artists, to work as artists, here at HOTA. These artists have been put on our payroll for 3 days a week, from October 2021 through to March 2022.
Artists will also have support from internationally acclaimed playwright and artistic director Wesley Enoch AM as Artist Provocateur whilst working at HOTA.
Applications have closed for ArtKeeper 2021. The original Position Description is still available below for reference. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].
Creative Development Program History
We support artists and art-making and provide platforms for creative development, presentation, and collaboration at all stages along the presentation pipeline. We’re committed to helping artists connected to our region take risks, experiment, and create great art.
HOTA’s Creative Development Program is both responsive and opportunistic. Our annual offer to artists reflects the program of a developing precinct, and what’s happening in our sector.
More than this, it is HOTA’s chance to reaffirm our commitment to our artistic community and its continued growth and development.
In 2019, our inaugural Creative Development Program flung the doors open for 12 projects to spend significant time in development on site at HOTA, with a little help from our friends at City of Gold Coast. If you were lucky enough to see the premiere of the extraordinary dance theatre work Glass Child in March 2021, or you’ve attended a Stories in the Key of GC event curated by Cold Ghost, you’ve experienced some of the outstanding projects by local artists that we backed from their inception.
In 2020, on the outbreak of the pandemic, HOTA was quick to adapt the original program offer, and proudly supported 51 digital projects to be developed and delivered online at rapid speed through our Rage against the V(irus). You can still view many of the works online here. We also fast-tracked the commissioning of 19 local artists to make and present work for the inaugural exhibition in the new HOTA Gallery: Sold Gold: Artists from Paradise.
In 2021, our Creative Development Program continues to respond to the conditions created by the pandemic, where our response was the inaugural ArtKeeper initiative.
Image 1 – Project: Laniakea. Pictured: Yu Jung Chen. Photo: Leximagery. Image 2 – Project: Re: Membering. Pictured: Umwelt Creative. Photo: Tangible Media. Image 3 – Project: Saltwater City. Pictured: Riannon McLean. Photo: Pearly Black. Image 4 – Project: Selfless Driving Car by Michael Candy. Photo: Tangible Media. Image 5 – Project: Siblingo. Pictured: Maitreyah and Kayah Guenther. Photo: Jorge Serra. Image 6 – Project: Space Invaders. Pictured: Agents of Confusion. Photo: Tangible Media. Image 7 – Project: Stories in the Key of GC. Pictured: Fletcher Babb and Tim Baker. Photo: Leximagery. Image 8 – Project: Veople. Pictured: Veople alongside artwork by Jason Haggerty. Photo: Tangible Media.