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Ruth Della joins the HOTA Gallery team


Ruth Della joins the HOTA Gallery team


A well-known name in the arts and culture scene on the Gold Coast, we’re delighted that Ruth Della has joined our Gallery team as they prepare to open the new HOTA Gallery in early 2021.

Taking on the role of Curator, Outdoor Programming and Public Art, Ruth will be tasked with delivering a program of art in the great outdoors by activating our precinct with artistic programming, installations, and sculptures both temporary and permanent.

#About Ruth & Future Plans

Ruth told us a little about herself and her plans for art in the precinct:

‘It’s a very exciting time to join the HOTA Gallery team as Curator, Outdoor Programming and Public Art, especially leading into the new Gallery. Having lived and worked on the Coast for over 25 years, I’ve recently returned from a cross-border stint as Curator of Gallery DownTown, annexe to the Tweed Regional Gallery at the M|Arts Precinct in the heart of Murwillumbah. Before this, I was Creative Director at SWELL, where for over a decade, I shaped a major outdoor sculpture exhibition and curated a series of public art commissions. Drawing on this experience, it’s now a great privilege to have the opportunity to work with artists across the local and national sector as well as internationally, to present a range of installations, artworks, and programs at HOTA.

‘I’m very much looking forward to working with artists and bringing ideas to life. We’re fortunate to live an extraordinary outdoor existence on the Gold Coast; what better way to make the most of this than by engaging with each other through art and enriching experiences. As a curator, the prospect of working with artists to present a range of works within an expanse that coalesces a lake, a corridor of trees, and bold architecture, is exciting. This new role is the perfect opportunity to delve into doing just that!

‘In this new role, my focus will be to connect artists and audiences within a contemporary context at various scale, using a mixture of methodologies. I’m looking forward to working with artists to deliver works of sheer beauty through unique materiality and inventive process or works that challenge perceptions and norms or perhaps provoke a response to nature in shape and form. In any case, at the forefront of the work, the artists’ voice will be infused, building a dialogue with the people who visit.

‘Complementing the temporary artworks and outdoor programming, I’ll also be working on new public art commissions in outdoor spaces that sit alongside the Gallery, which is extremely exciting. The HOTA Precinct is undergoing a transformation, and I feel very honoured to be a part of the team who are making it happen.’

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