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HOTA Gallery exhibition program announced

18 Nov 2020

 HOTA Gallery exhibition program announced

Today we couldn’t be prouder to announce the first exhibitions you can expect to see in the new HOTA Gallery next year. After nearly 3 years of construction this is a really exciting time for us, and we can’t wait to throw open the doors on 8 May 2021.

In the first year we will present three major exhibitions alongside curated selections from the City Collection.

Our first major exhibition will be Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise (8 May – 4 Jul 2021) featuring major new commissions and artwork by emerging and established Australian artists with a connection to the region, including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Abbey McCulloch, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harward. Celebrating the diversity and richness of the Gold Coast, the exhibition will feature sculpture, painting, video, photography and installations, both indoors and out.

Celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters, the second major exhibition Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson (31 Jul – 3 Oct 2021) will see Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, presented together for the first time. Coinciding with his 85th year, the exhibition curated by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO will feature the award-winning artist’s monumental multi-panelled paintings alongside intimate studies and prints.

And in a world premiere exhibition, exclusive to the Gold Coast and Australia, Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection (13 Nov 2021 – 27 Feb 2022) will feature approximately 70 works from some of the world’s most influential contemporary artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons. Drawn entirely from the Mugrabi’s famed private collection, the exhibition marks the first time these iconic works have been shown in Australia.

The inaugural exhibition in the new dedicated Children’s Gallery will be World Upside Down (8 May – 10 Oct 2021). Working with Queensland artists Lowana Skye-Davies and Alinta Krauth, the Children’s Gallery will be an immersive space filled with interactive art and hands-on making activities, inspired by the themes found in the first two major exhibitions.

Alongside the main exhibitions, you’ll also be able to see works from the City Collection. Across three gallery spaces, HOTA Collects will draw more than 100 works from the collection to reflect key developments in Australian art over the past 50 years, spanning abstraction, feminist art, Indigenous art, ceramics and twenty-first-century photography. The inaugural hang will include works by Ben Quilty, Tony Albert, Julie Rrap, Jenny Orchard, NELL, Tracey Moffatt, Gordon Bennett, Michael Zavros, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Linde Ivimey, the Huxleys, Scott Redford, John Gollings, Kenneth Macqueen, Vida Lahey, Charles Blackman, Fred Williams, William Robinson and Ethel Carrick Fox.

Tickets for the exhibitions will be on sale early 2021 so watch this space! In the meantime, you can read more about the exhibitions on our website. Watch out for more announcements coming soon, or sign up to be the first to hear the news.



Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise    8 May -4 Jul 2021

Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson    31 Jul – 3 Oct 2021

Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection    13 Nov 2021-27 Feb 2022

World Upside Down     8 May -10 Oct 2021

HOTA Collects: Highlights from the City Collection    From 8 May 2021