HOTA Gallery - Frequently Asked Questions

Gallery at HOTA closure and new HOTA Gallery


In early 2019 Gallery at HOTA closed as we prepare to open the new HOTA Gallery in early 2021.

Why did the existing Gallery need to close during the construction period?

Despite being closed to the public; this transition period will continue to be a very active time for the gallery team as they focus on planning and projects related to the opening of the new HOTA Gallery.

The gallery team has an enormous task ahead and for the next 20 months they will be working on the collection including conservation, cataloguing, photographing, crating, and framing works of art.

Our curators work on exhibitions up to three years in advance, and negotiations are currently underway to host international and national exhibitions in 2021-2023. We’re also curating our own shows and commissioning new work, which will be unveiled at the opening of the new Gallery.

Education will be a significant component of our public outreach program, and we’ll soon start creating curriculum-oriented content, as well as turn our attention to developing projects for the new Children’s Gallery and Workshop.

Why do we need a new Gallery?

The new $60.5 million gallery is part of the City of Gold Coast’s Cultural Precinct Masterplan – which also includes the $37.5 million world class Outdoor Stage, and a new pedestrian bridge linking HOTA to the bustling hub of Surfers Paradise which will open in early 2020.

Once completed, HOTA Gallery will be the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia – making it a must-see destination for locals and tourists alike. The HOTA Gallery is a vertical format gallery over six levels, with over 2000m2 of AAA rated exhibition space. The vastly expanded space will give us the ability to attract world class international and national touring exhibitions and showcase our 4,500 strong City Collection. In addition, there will be room for a workshop and children’s gallery, restaurant, roof-top bar and retail store plus Collection storage, work space and crate storage area.

The ambition for the project is to provide both high quality outcomes for viewing and interacting with art but also the building in itself. HOTA Gallery has a significant role to play in its place in the art world but also as a civic asset for the Gold Coast and its people.

How will HOTA Gallery stay connected to patrons and artists during the construction period?

HOTA Gallery will remain active in the arts community by continuing to offer commissions and programs for local, national and international artists. There will also be a regular schedule of workshops, salons and curated conversations.

The recently introduced Artists Pass will encourage local artists to visit HOTA and engage with art and other creatives.

For art lovers of all ages there are a range of programs to engage in, including ArtLab and Life Drawing.

From July 2019, the HOTA Foyer display will include key works from the Gold Coast City Collection and will remain in place until late 2020.

We’ll also move towards presenting more art in the outdoor space and further developing our outdoor curatorial program, where you can expect to see some amazing art pop up in unexpected places around the precinct.

HOTA will also continue our partnerships and support of key local festivals including Bleach Festival, Gold Coast Music Awards; and our production of Glow Festival.

How can long-standing gallery supporters and benefactors still connect with HOTA?

HOTA is hosting a regular Coffee and Conversations program, which is designed to engage benefactors at HOTA throughout the transition to keep them up to date with plans and features of the new Gallery and program.

What will happen to HOTA Gallery art prizes during construction?

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award will be reinstated once the new HOTA Gallery is open, recommencing in 2021 when it will move to a biennial presentation.

The Gold Coast Art Prize (GCAP) has been a major feature of our exhibition program for 48 years. The annual acquisitive prize played an vital role in beginning the City’s collection, and continued to build the collection with notable artworks from across Australia. The collection currently stands at over 4500 works and the Gold Coast community and visitors will be able to view many of the works (some for the first time) in the dedicated collection galleries with the opening of the new HOTA Gallery in 2021. The energy that went into the GCAP will be concentrated into new initiatives, which invest in our local artists in a fresh way, advancing the work that Gold Coast artists are developing.

The Ceramic Award is under review and there will not be another award held in the former Gold Coast City Art Gallery exhibition space. The Gallery is considering new opportunities to promote and develop ceramic practice on the Gold Coast as part of the curatorial program for the new gallery, which is set to open in early 2021.

Are institutional loans still available over the construction phase?

While the team are busy preparing for the new HOTA Gallery, we will cease all institutional loans from April 2019 until March 2021. We’re grateful for our longstanding partnerships with Australian university, regional, state and national galleries, and it never stops being a thrill to see a HOTA collection work feature in a new exhibition.

Does the new gallery still need funding? How would my donation be used?

Yes. HOTA Gallery relies on philanthropy to fund much of its educational programming, commissions, exhibitions, and conservation of its collection.

To learn more about how to make a donation, gift or corporate partnerships please visit our Support the Gallery page.

What will happen to the City Collection during the construction period?

The City Collection will remain in storage during the construction period. Although the collection will not be physically accessible to the public during this time, a selection of works will be on display in the HOTA Foyer from July 2019 until late 2020.

We are working to make our collection of works available online through our digitisation project, requiring a significant investment of time and resources.

How can I keep informed about HOTA Gallery news and updates during the construction period?

Signing up for the HOTA email newsletter is a great way to keep abreast of future gallery news. Our HOTA website will continue to be updated with new information, and we will continue to provide updates on our social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Does the HOTA Gallery do artwork valuations, appraisal or authentication?

Unfortunately, the Gallery does not provide a valuation, appraisal or authentication service of artworks, nor can we provide valuation details for items held in the Collection.

You can find a list of approved Australian valuers on the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program website, and search for certified auctioneers and valuers on the Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia website.

A directory of conservators in private practice is available on the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) website.

Is HOTA Gallery currently accepting exhibition proposals?

Gallery exhibition proposals and applications are currently closed while the new HOTA Gallery is under construction. Over the next 18 months the Gallery team are busy preparing the city collection for its new home and finalising the exhibition schedule for 2021- 2023.

Once completed in early 2021, the Gallery will include a 1000sqm exhibition space, 850sqm of collections galleries, a Children’s gallery.

In the future, with this increased capacity, HOTA Gallery will be able to welcome proposals from local, regional and national artists and curators.

In the interim, please sign up to our e-news to keep up to date with all gallery news and announcements or watch out for any commission opportunities.

How do I now contact the Gallery team?

Any queries regarding the new HOTA Gallery can be directed to HOTA Reception at 07 5588 4044 or email