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HOTA Gallery FAQ

Opening

When will HOTA Gallery be open?

HOTA Gallery opens on Sat 8 May, we can’t wait!

What’s happening during the HOTA Gallery Launch Weekend?

We’ve got markets, free live music, artist talks and plenty more. It’s going to be a lot of fun – find out more here.

Tickets

When can I buy tickets for HOTA Gallery?

Tickets go on sale Sat 10 April, with a special presale access to HOTA Members on Thu 8 April.

How much does it cost to visit HOTA Gallery?

Our inaugural main exhibition, SOLID GOLD: Artists from Paradise, is free to attend.

The City Collection belongs to the people of the Gold Coast, and the HOTA Collects exhibitions will always remain free of charge.

How many tickets can I book to the Gallery?

You can book up to 6 tickets per transaction.

Can I turn up on the day?

To help us maintain capacity and keep everyone COVID Safe, we strongly recommend you pre-book in one of the available time slots.

I’m interested in bringing a tour group along.

We’d love to help. Contact us at [email protected].

Can I get a pass out?

To help us maintain capacity and keep everyone COVID Safe, there are no pass outs available. You can however, return to the Gallery entrance and speak to one of our Visitor Services Officers to see if there is any capacity for you to re-enter at the next designated time slots.

Visiting the Gallery

What times is the Gallery open?

From Sat 8 May, the Gallery is open 7 days a week, Sat-Thu 10am-5pm, and Fridays 10am-8pm.

View our Opening Hours to stay up to date.

How long can I stay in the Gallery once I arrive?

The Gallery closes at 5pm – you’re welcome to take your time and explore the Gallery exhibitions until then.

What can I see at HOTA Gallery?

You can read all about the amazing line up of exhibitions you’ll be able to see at HOTA Gallery in the first two years here and here.

And read more about the Gallery and the HOTA Project.

Do I still need register for contact tracing on site, even if I’ve booked a ticket?

Yes, all members of your group will be required to register for contact tracing. 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 health.qld.gov.au.

Is there locker hire?

Yes, there are lockers available at HOTA Gallery. Our Visitor Services Officers and Ambassadors will be able to help you.

When will The Exhibitionist Bar and Gallery Restaurant be open?

The Exhibitionist Bar and Gallery Restaurant will open after the Gallery Launch Weekend – details announced in April 2021. You can still get your caffeine fix at the HOTA Café, 7 days a week.

Other Information

Can I become a HOTA Gallery Ambassador?

Absolutely – find out more here.

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

Gallery at HOTA was closed to allow the Gallery team to focus on planning and projects related to the opening of the new HOTA Gallery.

The Gallery team have been working on the City Collection including conservation, cataloguing, photographing, crating, and framing works of art in preparation for moving the collection to the new HOTA Gallery.

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 did we need a new Gallery?

The new $60.5 million HOTA 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 the HOTA Bridge which links us to Surfers Paradise.

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.

What happened 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. 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.

Are institutional loans still available?

While the team are busy opening the new HOTA Gallery, we will cease all institutional loans from April 2019 until May 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 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?

HOTA Gallery welcomes exhibition proposals from local, regional and national artists and curators. Please complete this form, and your exhibition proposal will be considered by the HOTA Gallery team. HOTA Gallery includes a 1000sqm exhibition space, 3 levels of 300sqm of collections galleries, and a Children’s gallery.

Please also 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 Hello at 5588 4000 or email [email protected].

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.