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New HOTA Gallery

The new HOTA Gallery

A brand new $60.5 million gallery is now open at HOTA, Home of the Arts. HOTA Gallery is part of the HOTA Project.

The new HOTA Gallery opened on 8 May 2021; the opening program of exhibitions was announced on 18 Nov 2020 and went on sale 10 April 2021. With unexpected art indoors and out, HOTA, Home of the Arts is a must-see cultural destination.

It all started with a painting

William Robinson’s stunning painting The Rainforest (a key work in the City Collection) has been the inspiration for both the architectural design and future gallery programming: a trail-blazer full of wonder, discovery, creation, beauty, spectacle and scale. HOTA Gallery is be filled with multiple ideas, an unfolding experience of viewpoints and trails that challenge us to dig deeper and get lost in creative ideas. It will have aspects of light and dark; points of discovery – both internally and externally.

HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia with the ability and ambition to present exhibitions and projects of national and international scale. We’ll host three major international exhibitions that are Australian exclusives and only seen on the Gold Coast. And we’ll continue to celebrate local talent and show the $32 million City Collection in its new home.

Designed by international architects ARM, HOTA Gallery spans six levels, with over 2000m2 of AAA rated, international standard exhibition space which includes:

  • The Main Exhibition Gallery – a 1000m2 space, designed specifically for touring exhibitions of an international size and scale. It will be a column free space with soaring six-metre high ceilings.
  • A dedicated Children’s Gallery.
  • 900m2 of exhibition space for the City collection and temporary exhibitions.
  • Nearly 1000m2 of collection storage, work-space and crate storage area.

The annual Gallery program is designed to present headliner exhibitions intrinsically linked with smaller scale exhibitions, commissions, children’s exhibitions and education initiatives, talks, performances and Up-Lates alongside external activations and installations.

Construction timeline – September 2018 to end 2020
First month of Gallery on sale – 10 April 2021
Official opening – 8 May 2021

Read more about the exhibitions you can expect to see in the new HOTA Gallery, and head here to book your Gallery visit. 

You can read more about the City of Gold Coast’s plans for the HOTA Gallery here, or and subscribe here to stay up-to-date with program announcement and other Gallery news.


Image credit:

William Robinson, The rainforest 1990, oil on canvas, 188.0 x 492.5 cm, Collection, HOTA Gallery. Acquired through funds from Gold Coast’s business and art loving community 1991 © William Robinson/Philip Bacon Galleries.

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