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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, 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 took place and we became HOTA – Home of the Arts. This rebrand signified our step into a more contemporary space and more accurately described our role and vision to be a true home of the arts for the Gold Coast.

After welcoming more than 1,240,352 visitors and 700 exhibitions over the past 33 years, the original Gallery at HOTA closed in 2018 and construction is now nearing completion of the new $60.5m new HOTA Gallery which will open on 8 May 2021.