Pick 'N' Mix

HOTA’s your playground for a fun-filled summer where you can pick ‘n’ mix from a program bursting with art and play. 

The program kicks off in December with HOTA Gallery’s inaugural summer exhibition Art Mixtape: Yours for Summer, a chance to strap on your skates for our pop-up Roller Rink, and a menu of summer classics in our Pick ‘N’ Mix Bar on the Concert Lawn.  

Rolling into January, enjoy three weeks of gallery tours, lawn games, giant sprinklers, open-air cinema, and a line-up of incredible concerts on the Outdoor Stage. 

Mix in some stops across the HOTA precinct – hands-on making activities in our dedicated Children’s Gallery, sundowners with rooftop views at The Exhibitionist Bar, art-inspired foodie experiences at Palette Restaurant, and cooling dips in the HOTA Lake armed with your favourite summer floaties. 

Whether you’re looking to be entertained, try something new, reconnect with loved ones, or just spend the summer soaking in rays and discovering art, indoors and out – we’ve got the day out for you, at what’s fast become Australia’s best contemporary cultural playground. 

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts


Art Mixtape: Yours for Summer
From 18 Dec

Retro-infused moments, enchanting other-worldly scenes, streaks of mythology and pop culture, and nods to the spirit of a Gold Coast summer – HOTA Gallery’s major exhibition Art Mixtape: Yours for Summer is bold, beautiful, a bit cheeky, and created with love. 

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Roller Rink
10 Dec – 23 Jan

Let the good times roll this summer as HOTA’s pop-up roller skating rink offers the ultimate fun these school holidays.  

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Confidence Man + Jaguar Jonze
Sat 22 Jan

It’s Confidence Man and Jaguar Jonze on the Outdoor Stage. Why haven’t you gotten your tickets yet? 

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Dumpling Dreams
Sat 27 Nov 2021 – Mon 18 Apr 2022

A whimsically vibrant dumpling dreamscape full of fun, discovery, and adventure. Brought to life by the wonderfully imaginative YEAHYEAHCHLOE, Dumpling Dreams plops youngsters (and the young-at-heart) into a wildly colourful world complete with delicious new sidekicks. Featuring Augmented Reality experiences and interactive activities, you’re only limited by your imagination.

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HOTA Collects

Showcasing over 100 works from HOTA’s Collection across three galleries HOTA Collects reflects key developments in Australian art over the past 50 years including abstraction, feminist art, Indigenous art, ceramics, and twenty-first-century photography.

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Roller Nights
Thu 13 & Thu 20 Jan

Don your roller skates, blades or scoot shoes and wheel your way to HOTA for a fun social skate night in the outdoors, complete with DJ and pop-up bar.  

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Fridays on the Big Lawn
Fri 14, Fri 21, Fri 28 Jan  

Fridays on the Lawn is getting bigger for summer. Hit the bar, hear the sounds, and welcome a big weekend.  

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Free Art Fridays
Fri 14, 2128 Jan 

From couch talks and hands on making, to tours with a twist. HOTA Gallery is open late Fridays to bring a touch of art and culture to the start of your weekend. 

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Summer Yoga Flow
Sun 16, 23 & 30 Jan

Settle into relaxed Sundays when early summer mornings meet the movement and sounds of sunrise.  

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Press Play: Sunday Sessions
Sun 23 & 30 Jan

Looking for an Outdoor Sunday session with chilled vibes? We got you. Cold drinks. DJ grooves. Sweet days outdoors.  

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Soundtrack Cinema | Bowie x Labyrinth
Sat 15 Jan 2022

Soundtrack Cinema – where live gigs meet open-air cinema. Experience the best of Bowie performed by Gold Coast supergroup HaydenGoSeek and The Good Band, before a trip to visit the Goblin King himself with a screening of the 1986 classic musical fantasy Labyrinth.

On-sale Fri 26 Nov, 12pm

Soundtrack Cinema | 80s Rock x Rock of Ages
Sun 16 Jan 2022

A live concert with an 80s rock setlist performed by Lloyd Handsome and the Shiny Boys, followed by an open-air cinema screening of the jukebox musical comedy Rock of Ages.

On-sale Fri 26 Nov, 12pm

Brazilian Heat
Sat 29 Jan

Find the bold brass and beats of a Brazilian Summer and keep your season spicy with HOTA.  

On-sale Fri 26 Nov, 12pm

Playing Summer: Lawn Games
10 Jan- 28 Jan 

Play your days away with decked-out versions of your summer favourites on the HOTA Lawns.  

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Pop-Up Summer Bar
10 Dec-30 Jan

Inspired by the bright and bold colours of our favourite Pick ‘N’ Mix stations, dive into great drinks, great company, and the greatness of a HOTA Day Out.  

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The Exhibitionist Bar

Whether you’re in need of a sparkling champagne or a delicious cocktail, our rooftop bar, located on Level 5 of HOTA Gallery, is ready to deliver. Open until midnight on Fri and Sat – but make a booking so you don’t miss out.

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Palette Restaurant

We’re committed to the celebrating the best Australia has to offer – from the performers on stage, to Palette’s locally sourced ingredients and art-inspired menu. Located on the Ground floor of HOTA Gallery, Palette is the Gold Coast’s newest fine dining experience. Book your table and complete your night.

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Light lunches, sweet treats and of course an added caffeine fix to keep you energised for the day. Table bookings available.

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Coming Soon

Ocean Alley
Sat 12 Feb

Much loved Aussie outfit Ocean Alley head to the Outdoor Stage to pick-up the summer vibes. From the top of the Hottest 100, to Splendour in the Grass, ride the wave to Ocean Alley.

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Roots Festival
Sat 26 Feb

In celebration of this genre which encompasses soul, blues, reggae, folk and more, a star-studded line up of roots artists will set the scene for a perfect family Sunday of sunshine, music, food and drinks, all on the Outdoor Stage at HOTA. What a way to welcome the Queensland Summer.

On-sale Fri 26 Nov, 12pm

The Sleeping Beauty | Queensland Ballet
Sat 25 – 26 Feb 2022

Queensland Ballet’s most successful ballet of all time weaves the magic of true love’s kiss on the Gold Coast.

Queensland Ballet’s exquisite box office-breaking fairytale will light up HOTA this February.

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Keeping You Safe

To keep everyone safe while at HOTA we have a COVID Safe plan and are using the new Check In Queensland app. Please make sure you keep up to date with Queensland Government guidelines at health.qld.gov.au.