Arts Bus Fund

The Jock and Beverly McIlwain Arts Bus Fund

Arts Bus Fund is an initiative to assist in reducing the cost of bus travel to HOTA. Schools can apply to the fund to receive a one-off subsidy to contribute towards bus travel to see an exhibition, performance or participate in a workshop.

Teachers, please note: this is a subsidy program and you will need to book your own buses.

The subsidies available are graded as per the below:

Booking for 99 students or under – $250.00 subsidy  |  Booking for 100 students or over – $500.00 subsidy

If two or more buses are required to transfer your students to HOTA, a $500.00 subsidy may also be granted.

About Jock and Beverly McIlwain

In April, 2016, long time Benefactor and passionate arts advocate Jock McIlwain OAM sadly passed away. Jock set up his engineering firm on the Gold Coast in 1959 and during the late 60’s and early 70’s, Jock served on Gold Coast City Council. In the 70’s and 80’s he undertook several major residential waterfront developments including Mermaid Waters, Broadbeach Waters and the Isle of Capri. In 1986,  the Keith Hunt Community Entertainment and Arts Centre (now HOTA) opened to the public much to the delight of Jock who had been the chair of the Museum and Art Gallery Committee in the early 70’s. Since that time Jock, along with wife Beverly, have continued to play a leading role in growing philanthropic support for the arts.

The Beverly McIlwain Scholarship, the Jock and Beverly McIlwain Arts Bus Fund and their annual Diamond Benefactor contribution have ensured that countless young people from across the Gold Coast have been able to experience the arts on a regular basis whether as budding young performers, children watching a theatre show for the first time, classes participating in gallery workshops or a young dancer wanting to pursue further studies. All of these immeasurable moments have been created as a result of the passion, energy and dedication of a remarkable couple. Moce Ni sa moce (Fijian farewell phrase) Jock and rest in the knowledge that we will continue your incredible work.