Creative Development Program

Creative Development Program


Thank you for your patience over the past few months. Like the rest of the world, we were forced to adapt and realign our operations due to COVID-19. We know things at HOTA will be different for some time to come, but you can be assured that we remain deeply committed to supporting Gold Coast artists now and in the future.

Unfortunately, we’ve made the difficult decision to not run the Creative Development Program in its existing format this year. HOTA is at its best when it is full with artists rehearsing, creating and experimenting but at the moment we find ourselves unable to make any firm commitments for this particular strand of artist support and we have concluded this is the better decision at this stage. We know this will cause disappointment but there will be revised and new opportunities for local artists and we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop on these going forwards.

On that note, over the last 8 weeks we have commissioned 51 local artists to create and share new work online through Rage against the V(irus). We were prepared for imperfect ideas but we’ve been in awe of the creative excellence of GC artists. Make sure you check out their work here.

And behind closed doors the new HOTA Gallery is on track to open in early 2021. This week we fast-tracked a new commissioning fund for up to 20 local artists to make and present work in a major exhibition next year; check out the HOTA Gallery – Artist Open Call for more information. Applications close 19 June.

If you have any questions about the Creative Development Program or would like advice on alternative funding sources, please email us at before 1 June and we’ll do our best to assist. If you have an enquiry about the HOTA Gallery – Artist Open Call, that isn’t answered by the FAQs available online, please email .

Keep well. We look forward to seeing you soon.

2020 Applicant Information

While our 2020 Creative Development Program may not be going ahead, documents containing background on the program are available below for reference.

Expression of Interest

Past Participants

In 2019, the first year of the program, we received more than 254 applications covering art forms such as theatre, dance, music, performing arts, public art and film. We were looking for projects that were collaborative, cross-arts, multi-platform and works that shifted or expanded an artist’s current practice. 52 artists were shortlisted with 12 chosen to receive support.

Read more about the successful artists and their projects here:

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.