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Playing Summer: Lawn Games


Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to uncertainties of the current climate and changing availabilities of artists and staff.

Refunds will be processed for all ticket holders shortly – no need to contact us.

Due to the volume of ticket holders, refunds may take up to 20 days, so please bear with us.

You can read about our refunds and staying COVID Safe here.

This Summer, play your way around the precinct with giant Jenga, Chess, Connect Four and more. Colliding head on with our love for local artists you will also find ping pong tables transformed into incredible works of art by Emma van Zaane.  

Get ready players one, two, three and more. Come solo or bring your squad and flex your Summer games muscle! Free play, all day! 

Pick ‘N’ Mix your fun-filled summer of art, skate and play at HOTA. 

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts 

Roll by Nadia Odlum
10 – 30 Jan

Roll your summer days away with a colour-bust installation by Nadia Odlum. Yours to explore on the HOTA Lawns.  

It wouldn’t be summer without rolling a ball (or yourself) down a grassy knoll! Roll is an interactive labyrinth of colourful pipes and bright balls ready for the young and young-at-heart to harness the power of gravity and bring some creativity to your outdoors play. 

Created by Sydney Artist Nadia Odlum and taking over HOTA’s Exhibition Lawn for the summer. Available to play daily. 

Pick ‘N’ Mix your fun-filled summer of art, skate and play at HOTA. 

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts 

About Nadia Odlum

Born Sydney, 1991. She/they.

Nadia Odlum is a multidisciplinary artist from Sydney, Australia. Driven by a fascination with urban environments, Odlum creates playful and immersive works that explore personal and collective experiences of space and urban architecture.

Odlum often works site-specifically, with a practice that spans sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, artist-led workshops and performance collaborations. The works are inspired by movement, patterns and forms within the built environment, mirroring and abstracting these elements to form new spatial and material relationships. Central to Odlum’s practice is an investigation of perceptual experience, and how urban space impacts upon encounters and relationships between individuals and communities.

Odlum’s work has been shown in galleries and public spaces around the world. These include exhibitions at the Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and New York Transit Museum, as well as public art commissions for Urban Art Projects and Kaldor Public Art Projects.

Playing Summer | Lawn Games
10-30 Jan

Play your days away with decked-out versions of your summer favourites on the HOTA Lawns. 

Recreation with an artistic twist! HOTA’s Lawn Bar turns playful as a local artist puts their creative spin on the surfaces of ping pong tables. Here’s the best part! You get to play on them all summer long.

Grab a drink, ball and paddles from the pop-up bar and play to your hearts content – FREE play all day.

Pick ‘N’ Mix your fun-filled summer of art, skate and play at HOTA. 

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts 

About Emma Van Zaane

Emma Van Zaane is a Dutch/Australian artist and visual designer practicing from the Gold Coast / Yugambeh, working primarily across illustration, collage, and digital formats. Her elegant and feminine aesthetic is concerned with themes of nostalgia and nature, intended to evoke emotion and explore potential dreamlike realities.  

Van Zaane’s work takes form through considered and meticulous processes spanning the digital and physical realms. Responding to fashion, editorial photography, anime and Art Nouveau, her elegant and detail-oriented style hints at deeper personal narratives and dreamlike experiences.  

Emma was a part of the ‘Outside’ exhibition at Art-Work Agency and recently completed the City of Gold Coast LENS GC program in collaboration with Matt Power. 

The Big Sprinkler
10 Jan – 28 Jan

As classic as a Kingswood, this Aussie tradition is getting bigger. The Big Sprinkler is soaking HOTA this summer.  With lawns as big as HOTA’s, we’ve called in an army of sprinklers to cool you off on the hottest days of the year.  

Three times a day for 30 minutes, oscillating water sprinklers and their colourful hoses make their way down the lawn in preparation for playfully freeing moment of fun.  

Run, skip, or roll your way the HOTA Lawns and re-create the great moments of summers gone by or bring new memories to life. BYO sunscreen, hat, clothes you won’t mind turning grass stain green, and your own free-spirited sense of fun. Open to the young and young-at-heart, The Big Sprinkler is for anyone who needs to cool-off.  

Pick ‘N’ Mix your fun-filled summer of art, skate and play at HOTA. 

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts 

Keeping You Safe

To keep everyone safe while at HOTA we have a COVID Safe plan and are using the new Check In Queensland app. Please make sure you keep up to date with Queensland Government guidelines at

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