The new HOTA Gallery has begun construction, with a plan to open in early 2021. Dear world, the Gold Coast has arrived.
The Gold Coast City Art Gallery first opened its doors in 1986, as part of the larger Gold Coast Arts Centre development. It was the first time the City collection could be displayed in a proper gallery setting for the public to view.
The original gallery welcomed more than 1,240,352 visitors and 700 exhibitions over the past 33 years. It closed to the public for the final time on Sunday 28 April at 5pm. The construction work on the new building is now well under way. Once open, the $60.5 million, six-level, purpose-built space will be the largest gallery outside of a major city in Australia.
HOTA will continue to support local artists and be a place of visual arts during the construction period. The Gallery team will be working on preparing the 5,000 strong collection for the move. The City Collection has grown from a modest 270 works to more than 5,000 works of art worth more than $30 million. It also includes one of the largest collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art in regional Australia.
The concept for the new HOTA Gallery is the result of an international design competition. The design reflects HOTA’s role as THE cultural destination for residents and visitors. And, of course, it will be a fantastic base to soak up the arts. It will evolve in stages over the next 10 to 15 years. It will have an art hotel, creative industries, cafes and other facilities. The HOTA building itself will have 24-hour activity and a world-class artistic and cultural program.
A 550kg piece of black granite was unveiled at the site of the HOTA Gallery last month. It is a symbol of the start of official construction for the $60.5 million gallery. The foundation stone will eventually be relocated and embedded into the wall of the foyer at the ground level of the gallery entrance. The green bridge to Chevron Island will be completed by Christmas this year, at a cost of $19.5 million. Click here for updates. ■
Maybe you have art in your garage that needs to see the light of day? Then you can loan it to HOTA.