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HOTA Gallery FAQ

HOTA Gallery is now open!


Do I need to book tickets to visit HOTA Gallery?

HOTA Gallery is free to visit – bookings not required.

Some programs and events will have an entry fee, and tickets will be available to be purchased online. As the City Collection belongs to the people of the Gold Coast, the HOTA Collects exhibitions will always remain free of charge.




Do I need to book tickets to the Children's Gallery?

The Children’s Gallery is free to attend – no bookings required.




How much does it cost to visit HOTA Gallery?

Our free exhibitions include HOTA Collects and The Children’s Gallery.

Our major exhibition, Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson exhibition is ticketed.

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


Can I turn up on the day?

Absolutely – although Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson has limited spaces, so we highly recommend you pre-book in one of the available time slots to guarantee access. You can book here.

I’m interested in bringing a tour group along.

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

I booked tickets and can no longer attend. Can I return them?

Contact our Box Office on 5588 4000 to find out more.

Visiting the Gallery

What times is the Gallery open?

HOTA 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

Is there locker hire?

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

What options are there for food/drinks at HOTA Gallery?

Palette, our beautiful casual fine dining restaurant, is found on the ground floor level of HOTA Gallery. Take a look at the menu and book here. And on the rooftop The Exhibitionist Bar offers sweeping views, coffee, cakes and cocktails. Read more about the bar and book here. Or walk back across to HOTA Central for your caffeine fix, light lunches and sweet treats at the HOTA Café, 7 days a week.

What do I need to bring?

We recommend you bring a camera to capture all the great art and views (but no flash photography please) as well as layers to keep warm. The Gallery is maintained at 21 degrees at all times to preserve the art and that means it can be a bit chilly for some visitors.

Other Information

Can I become a HOTA Gallery Ambassador?

Absolutely – find out more here.

What's happening with the HOTA Gallery art prizes?

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award will recommence 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 as we consider 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?

Institutional loans have been on hold from April 2019 until May 2021 as we prepared to open the new HOTA Gallery.

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 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.