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Creative Development Program

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.

Across the first two years of the program, we’ve provided local artists $230,000 in direct cash support and hundreds of hours of in-kind labour, space, and assistance to bring great ideas to fruition.

In 2021, our Creative Development Program continues to respond to the conditions created by the pandemic – introducing, ArtKeeper.


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, we’re advertising for artists to join HOTA.

We have 3 fixed-term contracts available for artists to work, as artists, at HOTA. We’ll put you on our payroll for 3 days a week, from October 2021 through to February 2022.

This opportunity is for all artists of any artform who are looking for the opportunity to create and contribute on-site at HOTA. As a HOTA employee, you’ll have access to a range of resources as well as making and working spaces.

What’s involved

In this role, you will:

  • Work on a creative project, idea or workplan that you propose to us;
  • Document your journey in a digital diary connected to the HOTA website;
  • Contribute advice and insights as a practicing artist to HOTA’s plans and strategies, working closely with our Programming and Curatorial team and;
  • Collaborate with your HOTA colleagues to ensure your presence and project are integrated into HOTA daily life.

There are opportunities for you to create public outcomes aligned with our upcoming programs, but this isn’t essential and will depend on your artistic practice and project intentions.

You will also have support from internationally acclaimed playwright and artistic director Wesley Enoch AM as Artist Provocateur whilst working at HOTA. You can expect to have regular conversations and check-ins with Wesley throughout your contract.

Applications closed.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by Monday 20 September 2021. Interviews will take place on Thursday 23 and/or Friday 24 September 2021.

Visit our Careers page to download the full Position Description and FAQs and for the direct link to apply via Seek.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Position Description

Program history

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.

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.