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HOTA's 2024 ArtKeeper artists unveiled

We’re excited to announce the five local artists who are the recipients of our ArtKeeper program.

ArtKeeper is an initiative supporting emerging and established artists to keep creating by putting them on the payroll.

Following the call out in Nov 2023, we received 180 applicants from artists, and are pleased to share that Lisa Smith, Loki Liddle, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Tal Fitzpatrick will be joining the HOTA team as Artists in Residence, while Lachlan Woods will be Storyteller in Residence.

ArtKeeper, a $160,000 investment in 2024, was our response to the conditions produced by the pandemic, and an opportunity to provide job security to artists at a time when they needed it the most. In Sept 2022, ArtKeeper received national industry recognition with HOTA receiving the Innovator Award at the Performing Arts Connections (PAC) Australia Impact Awards 2022. Now in its third year, the program’s continuation recognises the essential and ongoing work that artists do in shaping our culture and supports practicing artists to contribute not only through their creative work, but through their unique perspectives in the workplace.

Each artist has been offered a fixed-term employment contract to work on their proposed art project at HOTA for three days per week until June 2024.

They’ll be encouraged to take risks, experiment and create great art in conjunction with internationally acclaimed playwright and artistic director, Wesley Enoch AM, who’s been engaged as Artist Provocateur for the roles.

Since its inception in 2019 the Creative Development Program has already supported 71 projects involving over 128 local artists, provided $445,000 in direct cash support and hundreds of hours of in-kind labour, space, and support to progress and bring new works to life.

We can't wait to see what Lisa, Loki, Samuel, Tal and Lachlan create while working here at the precinct! Throughout their stay, they’ll be sharing their progress and ideas - follow along on HOTA’s social media channels, including Facebook and Instagram, or follow the links below.

For more information on the ArtKeeper program, visit hota.com.au/artkeeper

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith is a theatre marker, director, actor and writer who's worke...

Loki Liddle

Loki Liddle

Loki Liddle is a proud Jabirr Jabirr man and Storyteller.

Samuel Leighton-Dore

Samuel Leighton-Dore

Samuel Leighton-Dore is a multidisciplinary artist and screenwriter based o...

Tal Fitzpatrick

Tal Fitzpatrick

Tal Fitzpatrick PhD (she/her) is an artist based on the lands of the Kombum...

Lachlan Woods

Lachlan Woods

Lachlan is an actor, theatre maker and photographer.



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ArtKeeper 2024: Tal Fitzpatrick

ArtKeeper 2024: Tal Fitzpatrick

She holds a PhD from the Victorian College of the Arts (2018) and a Bachelo...

ArtKeeper 2024: Lachlan Woods

ArtKeeper 2024: Lachlan Woods

He graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts from the Victorian College of...

ArtKeeper 2024: Loki Liddle

ArtKeeper 2024: Loki Liddle

His practise includes being the lead singer and songwriter of the Gold Coas...

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