Darkest Hour

Explore the HOTA Gallery at night, with bold blends of live music, art, and contemporary performance waiting to be discovered across all stories of the Gold Coast’s newest iconic building; inspired by and in celebration of our first major exhibition, SOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise.

With experiences created by Libby Harward, Adrienne Kenafake, Donny Love, The Oogars and Smells Like Nanna’s House, every part of the HOTA Gallery will be open to ticketed guests including The Exhibitionist Bar, where you can unpack your experience under the inky starlit blanket on our viewing platform on Level 5.

Discover new and blurry worlds at HOTA’s Darkest Hour.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts


Amplification: Affirmation: Reclamation: Location, Spirit, Song 

This is a call for healing through sound. Using an archaeological sieve and a 44-gallon drum fitted with an “irrigation sound system” Libby’s work amplifies instruments of occupation, reclamation, classification, extraction, and greed. Harward’s performance joins the call of many First Nations people around the world by making loud “…the sound of sieving ourselves through the mechanisms of ongoing colonisation to prove our existence under the oppression of foreign law.”


Part site-specific musical survey, part esoteric experiment in collective dynamics, three exciting musical acts come together to create a 4D experience that summons Sanctuary. This is a curated experience from HOLIDAY MAKER RECORDS featuring new collaborative work by renegade Gold Coast bands Donny Love, Smells Like Nanas House and The Oogars. HOLIDAY MAKER RECORDS is an artist-run Gold Coast label focused on creating immersive worlds around its roster of multidisciplinary artists.


It’s feeding time. Gathering speed and momentum, a gang of raucous lorikeets pursue an enticing seed-clad woman on her way to the beach. In this new performance work by Adrienne Kenafake, Rushour is an M1 slipway between the wild, the new, the locals and the weekenders.


Libby Harward

Libby is a descendant of the Ngugi people of Mulgulpin (Moreton Island) in the Quandamooka area. She has reached national acclaim for her performance-based activism and public art projects. Libby’s black feminist work is about re-mapping, re-hearing, de-colonising and reinstating country for First Nation peoples.

Adrienne Kenafake 

Working across the mediums of sculpture, performance, and installation, Adrienne uses ‘normal’ objects and environments to conjure the paranormal. Her work reveals private rituals, secret prayers, acts of worship, initiation, and escapism.

Donny Love

More than a band, Donny Love is an ongoing social experiment and vessel for discovery. Blend the music of the Talking Heads with the combined aura of the Power Rangers, and you will get a feel for their buoyant, weirdo-pop experiences.

The Oogars

All-female moody, tough pop quartet from the northern rivers. The Oogars are making waves with their dreamy harmonies and classic surf psych melodies. To The Oogars, music is an outlet that fosters connection and creativity.

Smells Like Nanna’s House

Tongue-in-cheek synthpop project that’s hotter than a COVID-safe Sizzler buffet. Smells like Nanna’s House takes this city’s soulless shtick by the balls and wrings it out to dry. Will wear cheap suits until he dies.

Keeping you safe

It is incredibly important to us that you have a safe experience when you come to HOTA. We have a COVID Safe plan and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA.

All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.

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