Calling all artists for HOTA 2020 creative development program

Applications are now open for HOTA’s 2020 Creative Development Program which supports emerging and established local artists and is designed to get behind art-making and provide platforms for creative development, presentation and collaboration.

The program was established last year and was an immediate success with more than 60 artists involved in creating, developing and producing all kinds of work.

Nadia Sunde was one of the inaugural grant recipients; a performing artist and author who collaborated with Everybody Now on R.I.N.K: a celebration of roller-skating culture.

“The Creative Development Program allowed us to take our rough diamond of inspiration for our project RINK, shine it under a light and really begin to explore its facets,” she said of the award.

This year there is a combined pool of over $200,000 in cash and in-kind resources available with HOTA once again welcoming ideas both large and small from all artistic forms.

“To be eligible you must be an individual artist or arts company that is currently working or living on the Gold Coast or are developing a body of work here,” explained HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke.

“Local artists with projects that could benefit from some of their development taking place interstate can also apply to co-develop their work at Carriageworks in Sydney, as well as here on the Gold Coast.”

One of the unique aspects of the HOTA Creative Development Program is that there is no requirement for a presentation outcome.

”Artists can use the resources and funding to take the time to develop their ideas, without the pressure of a deadline for a final performance season or exhibition this year,” Gehrke said.

In 2019 some of the recipients chose to present a pilot performance while others took part in an industry showcase, which enabled them to receive feedback on their work while it was in development.

Dr Corrina Bonshek, who was awarded funding for the second stage of development of ‘Laniakea’ – an immersive music/lighting experience – said showing her work was incredibly valuable.

“It allowed us to get feedback from an audience of knowledgeable arts-lovers and was a litmus test for finding out if our vision has been communicated,” he stated.

With applications now open, Gehrke believes there will be a high calibre and large cross-section of works and projects to be submitted.

“We can’t wait to see what’s to be submitted this year – the diversity and scope of our arts community here locally. I encourage local artists to check out the details and apply online, with chosen projects and artists to be announced in early April.”

All applications can be submitted now to

Applications close on 27 February.

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