Pictured above: HOTA Local Producer, Ashleigh Wheeler.
HOTA was a recipient of the Innovator Award at the 2022 Performing Arts Connections (PAC) Australia Impact Awards last night, which celebrate excellence in performing arts, leadership, new thinking and best practice, with a focus on lasting impact in communities.
We received the award in recognition of our leadership and innovation in the development and delivery of models that support artist and sector development, particularly through our ArtKeeper program.
Michelle Le Plastrier
In 2021 we piloted a new way to support artists and help them to keep creating art through ArtKeeper. This, now nationally recognised model of artist support, placed four artists on the HOTA payroll for five months, providing income security, fair work conditions and organisation-wide support to develop new work and ideas.
ArtKeeper was transformational demonstrating what practicing artists can contribute not just through their creative work, but through their unique perspectives in the workplace.
The award recognition coincides with the launch of ArtKeeper for 2022, kicking off the search for four bold, contemporary artists to come on board this year.
The successful candidates will be placed on payroll for three days per week from November 2022 through until June 2023. They’ll work onsite at HOTA, across a range of spaces depending on their artistic practice and requirements, including the $60.5 million HOTA Gallery.
It’s part of our ongoing commitment to helping artists connected to the Gold Coast region to take risks, experiment, and create great art.
'The Innovator Award is awarded to an individual or organisation specifically delivering innovation for the sector. The 2022 Innovator Award was awarded to two organisations. The winners of the 2022 Innovator Award were HOTA, Home of the Arts and Arts on Tour.
HOTA, Home of the Arts was recognised for leadership and innovation in the development and delivery of models that support artist and sector development, particularly through their ArtKeeper program.
In an effort to improve secure and fair work conditions for artists across the sector, ArtKeeper roles were advertised as jobs for artists, not as opportunities or grants. This reaffirms that the work artists do is essential to venues, the sector, and to the audiences who have relied on artists work more than ever over the past two years – to lift our spirits, keep our cultural connections, imagine new futures and more.'