Cloud by Cloud

Cloud by Cloud

#We did it! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

We’re so excited to share with you that we have now officially reached our fundraising target meaning that Cloud Drive by artist Samuel Leighton-Dore will now officially be part of the Gold Coast City Collection!

“Thanks to the support of local donors, Cloud Drive will now be able to live on well into the future, reflecting the hopes, anxieties, and reflections of generations to come. It means the world to me, thank you.” Love Samuel Leighton Dore.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community and the enthusiasm for Cloud Drive and Samuel Leighton Dore. You’ve shown through your donations, large and small, that the Gold Coast’s love of arts and culture is alive and thriving. I have no-doubt that Cloud Drive will be loved by many generations to come and I can’t wait to see it installed in one of our collection galleries in the future.” Criena Gehrke, HOTA CEO.

From all the team at HOTA thank you for your support and for your love of Gold Coast art. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Check out this video where artist Samuel Leighton-Dore shares with us the significance of the work and the connection people have to it.

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#The Art

Samuel Leighton-Dore’s Cloud Drive is the ultimate love-letter to the Gold Coast. Cloud Drive features a giant wall of blue sky covered in ceramic clouds. When viewed through a mobile phone, the clouds animate with rainbows, sunshine, lightning bolts as well as messages left by visitors to the gallery. The thought provoking, inspiring, vulnerable and sometimes heartbreaking messages left ‘in the cloud’ allowed strangers to share moments (and secrets).

“As well as being a crowd favourite Cloud Drive is closely aligned with HOTA’s vision. It’s ambitious, bold, contemporary, and born from the Gold Coast. The interactive nature of this art means it will continue to engage audiences, now and into the future; and that’s something we’re really excited about.”

“This is a significant acquisition for the Gold Coast and that’s why we’re asking our supporters and champions to help us make HOTA Cloud Drive’s permanent home.”

Criena Gehrke, CEO HOTA, Home of the Arts
Would you like to donate a $1,000 or more and become a HOTA Benefactor?

Would you like to donate a $1,000 or more and become a HOTA Benefactor?

Our benefactors are pioneers, champions and lovers of culture; they share our vision of a richer and deeper arts and cultural experience for the Gold Coast.

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#About the City Collection

HOTA Gallery (formerly Gold Coast City Gallery) was established in 1986 and houses more than 4500 art works worth more than $32 million dollars, making it one of the largest art collections outside of an Australian capital city. A host of art prizes ensured the city collected the pick of artistic responses to contemporary trends, and it consequently reflects key developments in recent Australian art: abstraction; feminist art; Indigenous art; ceramics; and twenty-first-century photography. Donate today to add Cloud Drive to our growing collection. 

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HOTA proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.