HOTA announces recipients for Creative Development Program

Over 250 applications were received following the launch of HOTA’s Creative Development Program late last year, with 12 successful local artists announced today.

Recipients of both funding and support, the selected artists are a mix of both emerging and established practitioners whose proposals were collaborative, crossarts, multi-platform and involved works that shifted from or expanded on the artist’s current practice.

The Creative Development Program, in collaboration with City of Gold Coast, offered $200,000 and in-kind resources for local artists who needed a quick injection of cash, resources or space to support and enable their ideas.

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the callout to local artists received a great response that will further the scope and breadth of the city’s arts and culture landscape.

“As the home of the arts, we are absolutely committed to local artists and creatives making and presenting work at HOTA. We want artists to have the time and space
to explore new ideas, experiment and collaborate,” she said.

“From the response we had to this first callout, it is obvious that the Gold Coast arts sector is ambitious and ready to take risks – it’s part of the city’s DNA and our local
artists have a growing reputation for being the ones to watch nationally.”

“Hold on tight, I can’t wait to see what is going to come out of this program.”

The successful applicants announced today, were Grayson Millwood – The Farm, Nadia Sunde in collaboration with Everybody Now, Rebecca Ross – The Walls, Corrina Bonshek, Thomas Kelly, Michael Candy, Fletcher Babb, Kayah Guenther, Lowana-Skye Davies – Umwelt Collective, Jay Jermyn, Pearly Black and Adrienne Kenafake (pictured).

From the 254 applications, 52 were shortlisted, 12 of which are the successful projects to be funded, 8 of these will have public outcomes in 2019, as well as 10 with future
presentation possibilities for HOTA.

The program was split across two key streams, including Little Bites – small projects in their early stages of development with up to $5,000 cash and in-kind support; and
Big Bites for large and complex projects, with up to $40,000 cash and in-kind support.

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