HOTA supports local artists with new development program

The program will provide financial and in-kind resources for local artists and artistic projects.

Huge news, Gold Coast creatives. HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke yesterday announced a new Creative Development Program for local artists which will see an incredible $200,000 be made available for local artistic projects that require funding – just in the first year.

In-kind resources will also be made available for any projects that need a quick injection of resources or space, or for more complex projects that need focused funding and specific support.

‘The Creative Development Program is our way of supporting local artists to take risks, experiment and grow. We’re welcoming ideas both big and small,’ says Criena.

The Creative Development opportunity, supported by City of Gold Coast, will be split into two stream: Little Bites and Big Bites.

Little Bites is for projects that need a little help to get the ball rolling. Generally it will be for projects that are in initial stages of development, or for projects with a clear ambition for use of space and resources at HOTA.

Big Bites is for projects that are large, complex and delivered by a professional team with a proven track record.

HOTA aims to support artists to grow their little ideas into big projects, meaning that those applying for a Little Bite in year one, may come back in year two and have a go at the Big Bite opportunity.

“We’re looking for artists who want to push boundaries and bring new ideas to the table. This opportunity is artist-led, development focused and not tied to presentation outcomes or the HOTA program,” explains Criena.

To be eligible to apply you must be an individual artist or arts company where the project lead can demonstrate that they are either currently working or living on the Gold Coast or are developing a body of work here.

Applications close 25 January. Check out the full details and how to apply at

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