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Meet Bradley Vincent – bringing art in the precinct to life

14 Nov 2018

Meet Bradley Vincent – bringing art in the precinct to life

Arriving in 2021, the new HOTA Gallery and surrounding parkland will host exhibitions of international scale and content, and the cream of contemporary Australian art and design.

The new HOTA Gallery will also lead the development of a curated, artistic and botanical landscape that brings art into the great outdoors. Set around a reimagined Evandale Lake, Outdoor Stage and the surrounding park; the Artscape will be activated by artistic programming, installations, and sculptures both temporary and permanent.

We’ll build an appetite for ideas, learning and art – with art you can get amongst.

Leading the development of our outdoor curatorial program is Bradley Vincent, who’s just joined the team at HOTA.

Bradley told us a little about himself and his plans for art in the precinct:

‘I’m excited to have joined the Gallery at HOTA team in the Role of Curator – Public Art and Outdoor Programming. While I was born and raised on the Gold Coast I have spent the last decade in Sydney, studying and then working in the Arts. Most recently I was Director of contemporary art space ALASKA Projects where I work with some of the country’s leading artists making exhibitions which spanned the breadth of what we might consider art. As a curator I am interested in all categories of work, from painting and sculpture to performance, dance, video and beyond but I am particularly interested in work which straddles these divisions –  contemporary art can be so many things now and I’m always looking for artists who are pushing at the boundaries of their form. This new role is a great opportunity for me to do just that.

‘I am thrilled to be back on the Gold Coast and to have a chance to work with local and interstate artists to realise some ambitious projects here at HOTA. My role, with its focus on the outdoors, offers some particularly exciting and unique prospects. We spend so much of our time outside, especially here on the Gold Coast, be it socializing, exercising, relaxing or exploring. Even our homes are often hybrid indoor/outdoor spaces now. I think it makes sense then to think about what art can be exhibited, performed or made in the outdoors. A part of that will be Public Sculpture – of which the city already has a great collection displayed around the site – but we’ll also be looking at Performance, Dance, talks and more. We’ll think about engaging the community in ways that are fun and uniting experiences. Can a BBQ be art? A game of football? An afternoon by the water? We have a beautiful parkland, a lake, and an amphitheatre to make the most of in new and rewarding ways. I can’t wait.

‘The other opportunity that this role affords is in working towards the opening of the new HOTA Gallery. In preparation for the opening I am developing a program of exhibitions, performances and events that will take place in the spaces around the gallery and in the greater outdoor area. I’ll also be working on any new Public Art commissioned for the areas around the new building. With the Amphitheatre recently completed and the new Gallery on the way, the whole site is going through such a transformation. I feel very privileged to be a part of the team who are making it happen,’ he said.

We’re so happy to have Bradley on board, he brings a wealth of experience and we can’t wait to see how he brings the parklands alive with art!

You can read more about the new HOTA Gallery here.