From 17 December visitors to HOTA will be required to be fully vaccinated. Check our FAQs here.

Gallery and Visual Arts Education


HOTA Gallery’s inquiry-based education program will be delivered by experienced educators and artists incorporating the art processes of exploring, developing, sharing and responding.


For more information please contact Renae Belton, HOTA Gallery Education Coordinator at [email protected].


Book your school visit here.

Image credit: Emily Floyd, Literary parrot, Ver-Vert, 2017-2018, cast aluminium, automotive paint, 140 x 94 x 136 cm, 100kg approx. Collection, Gallery at HOTA. Gifted by the citizens of the Gold Coast to future generations 2018.

HOTA Gallery Education Tours

HOTA Gallery educators are available to provide talks and tours relating to the current exhibition program and in response to works from the HOTA Collection.

Each of the HOTA Gallery spaces has a maximum capacity, so sometimes large groups may need to be broken up – your tour guide, or our visitor services staff will be there to help.

GUIDED TOURS: $8 (per student, 45 minute session). Registrations and tax invoices for your tour will be generated upon filling in the registration form.

SELF-GUIDED TOURS: Free, but registrations are required.

Photo Credit: Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Responding and Making Sessions

Using the current exhibition as stimulus, you’ll be able to join us to develop critical thinking and knowledge, understanding and skills for creativity in one of our Responding and Making sessions.

Students will experience our exhibitions, share ideas, and communicate their observations through making their own artworks as artists and audience. Facilitated by a collection artist, contemporary artist, or experienced art educator. All workshop materials provided.

Tickets $15 (per student, 90 min session) Suitable for students Pre-Prep-Year 12, TAFE and Tertiary.

TERM 1 – Chloe Bennett

Event Update

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled.

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.

Join YEAHYEAHCHLOE in our Gallery Studio for making in response to our Children’s Gallery exhibition, Dumpling Dreams.

Referencing popular culture, social media and our digital worlds join YEAHYEAHCHLOE for a workshop utilising collage and visual storytelling to explore the universal themes of belonging and connection found in her contemporary practice.

Professional Development

Our Visual Arts Professional Development programs will be based upon the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and delivered by collection and contemporary artists and experienced educators. You can read more about all current PDs available here.

Sat 4 Dec, 2021 – HOTA Gallery Art Day Out

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Teacher Exhibition Preview Evenings

Join us at one of our teacher preview evenings in the Gallery to experience the headliner and temporary exhibitions and to learn more on the education program provided for each.

Our first Exhibition Preview Evening will be on Tue 8 Feb, 10.30am. Teachers will get to explore HOTA’s 2021-22 Summer Exhibition – Art Mixtape: Yours for Summer.

Exhibition Preview Evenings are free to attend, but registrations are essential.

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AUSLAN Tours – HOTA Gallery Exhibitions

Join our Gallery Education Coordinator, Renae Belton, on a tour of HOTA’s major exhibitions throughout 2022, joined by an accredited AUSLAN interpreter, who will accompany the tour for the Deaf community.

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Energies 21
Open until 21 Nov 2021

For more than 30 years, Energies has provided a platform for local senior secondary visual art students to exhibit their work in a professional gallery setting. Energies alumni boasts acclaimed contemporary artists Michael Candy, Abbey McCulloch, Rebecca Ross and Michael Zavros, all of whom are having their work featured in the inaugural Gallery hang.

Presented in partnership with Gold Coast Visual Arts educators and in consultation with our HOTA Gallery and Visual Arts Education Reference Group art work is selected from Gold Coast students based upon individual merit and skill.

Energies, now open in Gallery 4 at HOTA Gallery, showcases exemplary student work, best practice for teaching, and supports career pathways and further study into the arts.

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How To Book

To book the above, visit our Schools Booking page, and our Education and Box Office team will be in touch.

Online Resources

Our free online resources will complement the temporary and collection exhibitions at HOTA Gallery and align with the Australian Curriculum Foundation – Year 10 and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority Senior Syllabuses.


Further enquires can made to Renae Belton, Education Coordinator at [email protected].

Don’t forget…

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.

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Education eNewsletter

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