Looking to the future - a new home for visual art

29 Apr 2019

Looking to the future – a new home for visual art

After 33 years, Gallery at HOTA closed yesterday as we turn our focus and energy to opening the brand new HOTA Gallery in early 2021.

However, until 30 June you’ll be able to enjoy Dean Cogle: Beyond Nostalgia, a retrospective capture of the Gold Coast’s iconic lifestyle, in the Foyer Gallery.

Gold Coast City Art Gallery first opened its doors in 1986, as part of the larger Gold Coast Arts Centre development. It was the first time the City Collection could be displayed in a proper gallery setting for the public to view.

Over the last 33 years the gallery has welcomed:

  • 1,240,352 visitors
  • 700 exhibitions
  • 16,000 exhibited artists
  • 2,000 public programs.

The gallery has also supported artists and contributed to the visual arts scene through:

  • 100 art awards with over $724, 000 in prizes and acquisitions.
  • 17 years of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award: awarding 948 finalists, 19 winners and the involvement of 17 judges.
  • 48 Gold Coast Art Prize, resulting in over 250 acquisitions for the collection.
  • 30 Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Awards, with over 1,500 ceramic works displayed.

The City Collection has grown from 270 works to now feature more than 5000 works of art worth more than $30 million. And it includes one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia. We can’t wait to see the City Collection find a new home in the HOTA Gallery where selected works will be on permanent display.

Now that the existing gallery is closed, we’re busy behind the scenes working on preparing the City Collection to be moved into the new gallery in 2021. Work taking place over the next 20 months includes conservation, cataloguing, photographing, crating, and framing works of art.

We’ll also be busy developing a stellar line up of signature international and national exhibitions. Watch this space!

Read more on the HOTA Project and the new HOTA Gallery.