A part of the Home of the Arts (HOTA) Project, the new HOTA Gallery is a $60.5 million building that will be the largest public gallery outside of a capital city. The six-storey gallery will open to the public on May 8 this year, including a main exhibition gallery, a dedicated children’s gallery, and 900m2 of exhibition space for the City Collection and temporary exhibits.
The gallery’s building is a work of art in itself, with panels reminiscent of stones boasting varied colours across the facades. From an ocean blue to forest greens and beautiful yellows and oranges, the colours reflect the landscapes of the state: The Gold Coast, where the building resides; the lush rainforests that Queensland is famed for; and the golden tones of the state’s innermost deserts. In fact, the building’s aesthetics were inspired by Australian artist William Robinson’s The Rainforest, which is a significant work in the City Collection, and speaks to the inherent locality of the gallery.
While HOTA deliberately has the capacity to host international exhibits, its roots are in its Gold Coast location, with the opening exhibition showcasing works from local artists in all mediums. Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise will feature established Australian artists such as Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, and Libby Harward, alongside various locally recognised artists. From painting and photography to sculptures and textiles, the varied mediums reflect the diversity in the community and the local landscape, capturing their beauty through a local lens. As the gallery’s opening exhibition, Solid Gold makes clear that being the Home of the Arts does not only mean bringing art to the Gold Coast: it means highlighting the art already there.
Following Solid Gold, the HOTA Gallery is displaying an exhibition of William Robinson’s works, titled Lyrical Landscapes. ‘Inspired by the magic’ of the Gold Coast’s landscapes, Robinson has painted impressionist interpretations of the natural world for decades, creating complex canvasses of twisting greens. Opening at the end of July this year, the exhibit will feature prints, intimate studies, and – as the centrepiece – the magnificent Creation series. Then, spanning November 2021-February 2022, the HOTA Gallery will host Contemporary Masters from New York, a selection of art from the infamous Mugrabi Collection. This international exhibit will include artists such as Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Richard Prince, and Jeff Coons, providing an extraordinary opportunity to see the greatest in modern art.
The HOTA Gallery is an incredible cultural project that will be a must-see from May 8 of this year. From highlighting local artists to showcasing international revolutionaries, the gallery is set to become a major hub of arts and culture, celebrating home-grown and imported talent in state-of-the-art exhibition spaces.
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