Our History

History of HOTA

HOTA was first named ‘The Keith Hunt Community Entertainment and Arts Centre’ and known as ‘The Centre’. It was officially opened in December 1986 and is owned and managed by the Gold Coast City Council. With a second name change, it then became the ‘Gold Coast Arts Centre’ and this name remained until March 2010.

In 1993, the Gold Coast City Council formed the Gold Coast Arts Centre Proprietary Company Limited as a separate legal entity. The purpose of this was to diversify funding income, deepen community engagement and increase marketplace flexibility. The Gold Coast City Council is the sole shareholder in the company and continues to provide the majority of funding.

The Gold Coast Arts Centre was registered as an Australian Private Company but has tax concession status as a Charitable Institution. Therefore it can access tax concessions of GST Concession, FBT Rebate and Income Tax Redemption. The Gold Coast Arts Centre Pty Ltd operates two funds endorsed for deductible gift recipient status.

In 1996, The Arts Café was added to the complex, and in 2004 an extension was built, comprising a new cinema, two function rooms and an administration area.

In March 2010, the Gold Coast Arts Centre was renamed, rebranded, refurbished and relaunched as The Arts Centre Gold Coast, as part of an ongoing change of strategic direction. The Arts Centre Gold Coast (TAC) is a registered trading name of Gold Coast Arts Centre Pty Ltd.

In 2018, a fresh rebrand has taken place to HOTA – Home of the Arts – to step into a more contemporary space with the expansion of the precinct and a focus on further embracing the local community with an artistic home.

HOTA is now the Gold Coast’s premier cultural facility, bringing visual and performing arts to residents of South East Queensland. It houses the Theatre 1 (with 1139 seats), Gold Coast City Gallery, two Cinemas and the  Cafe as well as several stunning function rooms, a chapel and two small performance spaces.

The Gallery at HOTA houses the renowned City Collection of contemporary and historical artworks. HOTA employs around 50 permanent staff and a flexible number of casual staff.