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Free Art Fridays


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.

Friday on your mind? It’s our regular Friday open till 8pm, but we’ve pumped up the jam and invited our friends to create an explosion of free art. Featuring our best artists and creatives from home and beyond, these are our love songs to the weekend with couch talks, tours with a twist, workshops, and artist-made stickers to giveaway (YES! FREE STICKERS).

Each Friday celebrate truth, beauty, humour, love AND getting loose. It may be the end of your week but it’s the start of a new year baby!

Our Free Art Friday programs are… well, free. RSVP below to let us know you’re coming.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts


Experience it Each Friday | Fri 14, 21 & 28 Jan

4pm – 8pm        Label Maker Poetry drop-in workshop, Ground Floor

If words were like a sizzler buffet which one would be the cheese toast? These deep, probing questions we ask ourselves as we pick and mix from a selection of the finest words, provided within the Art of Michael Lindeman, rearranged by you into delicate, existential, and humorous prose.

4pm                  Dance Tour with Jake McLarnon, departs from Ground Floor

Sashay away into a tour that explores our art collection through movement and feeling. Work with professional dancer, Jake McLarnon, to discover colour, texture and composition in the works and express them through your body. No judgement though! This will be a safe, fun, and relaxed way to enjoy dancing together, pulling shapes and feeling the art around you.

A celebrate dancer, choreographer, and educator, Jake Mclarnon has performed nationally and internationally representing Australia’s leading contemporary dance companies. His passion for people and experiences has also led him, to present a wide range of learning workshops for people off all skills and abilities as well as popular guided tours for major institutions.

5pm                  Surfbreak Tour with the Artist Boardriders Club, departs from Ground Floor

Drop in on a 45-minute tour of the HOTA collection led by members of the Artist Boardriders Club. During the session the ABC will take you on a ride through punchy waves and 6-8ft SE swells, all whilst scoping out the best breaks and barrels in the exhibition line-up.  Hailing from Queensland’s Gold Coast, the Artist Boardriders Club (ABC) surf and make art on the fringes of the 8th World Surfing Reserve, a 16 km stretch of coastline from Burleigh Point in the north to Snapper Rocks on the Queensland/New South Wales border and all the breaks in between. The ABC have exhibited at Metro Arts, THE WALLS and Maverick Artspace, and host monthly social surf meet-ups throughout the year. Counter to localism, their motto is ‘No Postcode’, preferring to surf and make art nomadically.

Friday I’m In Love │ Fri 14 Jan


4pm – 8pm         Label Maker Poetry drop-in workshop, Ground Floor

4pm                    Dance Tour with Jake McLarnon, departs from Ground Floor

5pm                    Surfbreak Tour with the Artist Boardriders Club, departs from Ground Floor

5pm – 7pm         Foil Sunnies drop-in Workshop with Rachel Burke, The Studio

6pm                    Faboriginal Art Tour with Steven Oliver, departs from Ground Floor

6.45pm               Couch Talks with Justene Williams, Michael Lindeman, Daniel McKewen, and Nadia Odlum, Gallery 1


5pm – 7pm       Foil Sunnies drop-in Workshop with Rachel Burke, The Studio

Create a custom pair of stunning, sparkly, sunnies with tinselled demigod, designer and author, Rachel Burke of @imakestagram.

Known for her vibrant, tactile designs and iconic tinsel creations, her work is inspired by a love for naive craft materials and transforming the mundane into the magical. Rachel has exhibited her work in gallery spaces across Australia, including The Museum of Brisbane, Saint Cloche Gallery, Hamer Hall, The Australian Centre of the Moving image, Enough Space, GAFFA, and the Redlands Art Gallery.

6pm                  Faboriginal Art Tour with Steven Oliver, departs from Ground Floor

Join writer, poet, comedian, star and renowned sexy man, Steven Oliver on a tour of our latest exhibition. You may recognise Steven for his roles on ABC’s Black Comedy and SBS’s Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky but tonight he joins us in a not-to be missed, Faborigional Art tour of Mixtape: Yours for Summer.

Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi (in other words, biggest mob) peoples. He was born in Cloncurry in Northwest Queensland and grew up in Townsville before moving to Perth to study performing arts. He has worked with numerous theatre companies and arts organisations across Australia but became notorious with ABC’s hit sketch show Black Comedy as a writer/actor/associate producer. He is also a published playwright and poet. He currently works fulltime at the Brisbane Indigenous Media Association as its Creative Director.

6.45pm             Couch Talks with Justene Williams, Michael Lindeman, Daniel McKewen, and Nadia Odlum, Gallery 1

In our Couch Talks, hear from a stellar line up of the brightest minds in art. Nationally renowned artists from near and far discuss their work in our latest exhibition Art Mixtape: Yours for Summer.

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. Often working site-specifically, their output spans sculpture, drawing, painting, installation, artist-led workshops, and performance collaborations.

Justene Williams is a key figure of the Australian art scene of the 1990s, working across different media including photography, video, performance, installation, and sound. Her early work revolved around photography and utilised the ad hoc nature of disposable cameras and one-hour printing labs. The locations for these early photographic projects were sites of public recreation such as shopping centres, car shows and strip clubs.

Michael Lindeman is an artist based in Sydney, Australia. His work is an exploration into his own identity, a burrowing into the realm of institutional critique, and an exercise in bypassing culturally sanctioned principles. Lindeman’s work often takes form as large-scale text paintings, drawings, and sculptures. Drifting between stream of consciousness writing and structured research-based content, Lindeman’s work shines a light on the mechanics of the contemporary art world and his place within it.

Daniel McKewen is a visual artist based in Meanjin (Brisbane), whose practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, screen culture, economics, and politics. Working appropriatively across a range of media including video installation, his work creatively and speculatively examines how these institutionalised structures operate through formal and symbolic conventions.

Heaven is a Place on Earth │ Fri 21 Jan


4pm – 8pm        Label Maker Poetry drop-in workshop, Ground Floor

4pm                   Dance Tour with Jake McLarnon, departs from Ground Floor

5pm                   Surfbreak Tour with the Artist Boardriders Club, departs from Ground Floor

6pm                   Sound Performance by Ross Manning

7pm                   Couch Talks with Ross Manning, Kathy Temin, and Ramesh Mario Nithyendran, Gallery 1


6pm                  Sound Performance by Ross Manning

Prior to his Couch Talk at 7pm, Ross Manning, one of the artists featured in our summer exhibition, will present a sound performance for visitors to enjoy and find inspiration.

7pm                  Couch Talks with Ross Manning, Kathy Temin, and Ramesh Mario Nithyendran, Gallery 1

In our Couch Talks, hear from a stellar line up of the brightest minds in art. Nationally renowned  artists from near and far discuss their work in our latest exhibition Art Mixtape: Yours for Summer.

Ross Manning (b. 1978, Brisbane, Australia) lives and works in Brisbane, Australia. He is primarily known as a kinetic artist who explores light, physics, sound, and the elements. Repurposing disused and outdated technologies, he combines existing components to create dynamic sculptures and atmospheric installations. By bringing different elements into conversation with materials such as fluorescent tubing, fans, string, and plastics, he explores our ongoing relationship with technology. In repurposing and reinventing machine Manning aims to demystify technology’s position and experiment with their material capabilities. In this process of demystification, he creates conglomerates of mechanic elements to create new sensorial experiences.

Kathy Temin has been practising as an artist since 1989, her work came into prominence within Australia in and internationally in the 1990s combining oppositional dialogues, such as minimalism with sentimentality. She has predominantly used synthetic fur but has not been defined solely by this medium. She has worked with various other materials also, and in public spaces for example she has made videos, worked with performance and song, The Koala Room as part of The MCA Bella Commission in 20016-17. Temin’s work engages with cultural identity through personal history and pop culture, as well as 1970s architecture, interior decoration, suburbia, and site specificity.

Ramesh Mario Nithyendran is a Sri-Lankan born contemporary artist who explores global histories and languages of figurative representation. He has specific interests in South Asian forms and imagery as well as politics relating to idolatry, the monument, gender, race, and religiosity. While he is best known for his irreverent approach to ceramic media, his material vernacular is broad. He has worked imaginatively with sculptural materials including bronze, concrete, neon, LED, and fibreglass, as well as conventional painting and printmaking materials and techniques.

We Are Here │ Fri 28 Jan


4pm – 8pm        Label Maker Poetry drop-in workshop, Ground Floor

4pm                   Dance Tour with Jake McLarnon, departs from Ground Floor

5pm                   Surfbreak Tour with the Artist Boardriders Club, departs from Ground Floor

5.30pm              Pop up performances curated by VOICES OF COLOUR

6pm                   Carlotta’s Paintbox, The Studio

6.30pm              Couch Talks curated by VOICES OF COLOUR


6pm                   Carlotta’s Paintbox, The Studio

 Paint clouds and chickens in the French provincial style with Australia’s finest lady of the stage, the decadent and divine, Carlotta AM. Like paint and sip but classy.

Carlotta is an Australian cabaret performer and television celebrity. She began her career as an original member of the long running Les Girls cabaret show. Carlotta, a transgender person, rose through the ranks of the show to eventually become the show’s compere and its most famous member. On 26 January 2020, Carlotta was the recipient of Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to the performing arts, and to the LGBTIQ community.

6.30pm             Couch Talks curated by VOICES OF COLOUR

In our Couch Talks, hear from a stellar line up of the brightest minds. To remember Survival Day, our friends from VOICES OF COLOUR will take over the couch to chat about identity, mobilising strength and the role artists can play in building a future connected to our ancestors.

Voices of Colour (also presenting pop-up performances from 5.30pm) is a platform for artists from diverse and marginalised communities. Voices Of Colour  work to empower BIPOC artists voices and stories through creating environments where young people who identify themselves as people of colour or as First Nations people can connect through performance and art, spilling their reality onto the microphone and altering mindsets and perspectives.

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