HOTA Gallery announces inaugural exhibition program

Gold Coast Cultural Precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts has recently announced its inaugural exhibition program that will be presented in the new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery, opening to the public on 10 April 2021.

Spanning six levels, HOTA Gallery is the largest public gallery outside a capital city in Australia and will present a dynamic program of world premiere international exhibitions, Australian exclusives and new commissions, celebrating artists from across Australia and the world.

HOTA Gallery will launch with Solid Gold: Artists from Paradise (10 April – 20 June 2021) presented across the Gallery and the HOTA parklands, and featuring major new commissions and artwork by emerging and established Australian artists with a connection to the region, including Hiromi Tango, Michael Candy, Abbey McCulloch, Samuel Leighton-Dore and Libby Harward. Celebrating the diversity and richness of the Gold Coast, the exhibition will feature sculpture, painting, video, photography and installations, both indoors and out.

Libby Harward’s piece BLOODLETTING: (water-ways), covers the themes of over-extraction of water and the changing of the ways in which we live and use water, a recurring theme in Libby’s work.

“It’s really important to be able to be showcased in my place of residence,” Libby says about her acceptance into the inaugural program, “and also to be able to use that platform to talk about important political issues.”

“The Gold Coast has moved forward really quickly in the last five years, and the Gallery will be an incredibly important element in broadening our artistic conversations, interests and ideas, and expanding things even further.”

Also exhibiting in the new gallery will be Lisa Sorbie Martin, a Gold Coast artist who is as passionate about her local community as she is about her work. Lisa will be keeping things a little more personal with her piece Eterné, a tribute to loved ones who have passed from sickness and disease, with elements sourced entirely from local businesses.

“I wanted to create something beautiful that honours and champions all those who have struggled and lost their fight, and also all those who are still in the fight,” she says.

“No one is exempt from this. I want people to think about these questions: ‘Where is eternity? Where do our loved ones go?’ This one is going to be very close to my heart.”

Lisa’s devotion to everything Gold Coast was certainly put to the test when she found herself applying for a spot in the new gallery.

“I enter a lot of stuff, and normally when I submit an expression of interest I think ‘if I get it, I get it’,” Lisa says.

“But this HOTA one I wanted so badly. It’s my local, my stomping ground, it’s the building that’s being built as the home of our arts and culture, and I got it! We have so many great artists here. I’m so pumped that I’m going to be able to exhibit among them.”

And it’s not just extraordinary local talent that is heading our way.

Celebrating one of Australia’s foremost living artists and greatest landscape painters, the major exhibition Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson (24 July – 03 October 2021) will see Robinson’s entire Creation Series, produced over 16 years, presented together for the first time. Coinciding with his 85th year, the exhibition curated by Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO will feature the award-winning artist’s monumental multi-panelled paintings alongside intimate studies and prints.

In a world premiere exhibition exclusive to the Gold Coast and Australia, HOTA Gallery will present Contemporary Masters from New York: Art from the Mugrabi Collection (13 November 2021 – 27 February 2022) featuring approximately 70 works from some of the world’s most influential contemporary artists including Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons. Developed by HOTA Gallery Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery and drawn entirely from the Mugrabi’s famed private collection, the exhibition marks the first time these iconic works have been shown in Australia.

The inaugural exhibition in the new dedicated Children’s Gallery is World Upside Down (10 April – 10 October 2021). Working with Queensland artists Lowana Skye-Davies and Alinta Krauth, the Children’s Gallery will be an immersive space filled with interactive art and hands-on making activities, inspired by the themes found in the first two major exhibitions, Solid Gold and Lyrical Landscapes.

Alongside the premiere exhibitions presented in the main space, HOTA Gallery will also present works from the $32 million City Collection. Consisting of more than 4,400 artworks, the collection includes one the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia.

Designed by award-winning Melbourne-based architects ARM, HOTA Gallery will be the centrepiece of Australia’s most dynamic new arts precinct, HOTA, Home of the Arts, sitting on the banks of the Nerang River on the Gold Coast in Queensland, situated within almost 17ha of landscaped parklands, adjoining an outdoor stage and concert lawn.

Information on the 2021 exhibition program can be found at, with further details and programming to be announced in 2021.

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