HOTA announces new artist fund in response to COVID-19

HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke, yesterday announced a new artist fund for Gold Coast artists in recognition of the challenging time they are facing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Proving itself a true leader of the Gold Coast cultural scene through this time of unprecedented difficulty, HOTA, Home of the Arts has stepped up to the plate by offering local artists up to $1000 cash for projects that take no more than one week to develop and deliver.

“Artists are the lifeblood of HOTA, without artists there is no home of the arts,” said HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke.

“And now, more than ever, we want them to know that they’re important to us and we’re here to support them.”

The Rage Against the V(irus) Artist Fund is designed to turn a down time into a spark for innovation, using digital technology as the medium.

“This is an opportunity to develop an imperfect idea, or even an idea you’ve been playing with for some time. It’s both creative development and presentation at speed. We want you to experiment with new forms, think outside the box, do things differently. Think of it as an incubator, developed and delivered from your home,” Criena added.

“We’ll help make it happen, and we’ll help get it out there.”

In response to the rapidly changing advice on social distancing, the projects must have an online outcome, which may include a podcast, audio file, Facebook live event, video content, streaming, Instagram or other digital platforms.

The opportunity is open to Gold Coast-based artists, collectives and organisations, or artists who have a strong connection to the Gold Coast, with successful applicants to be notified within 7 days of applying.

Expressions of interest for the HOTA Artist Fund – Rage Against The V(irus) are open from Friday 20 March to Friday 15 May, with all projects to be completed by Friday 29 May, 2020.

For more information, visit the HOTA website.

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