A new chapter – HOTA’s main gallery closes to make way for the city’s new home for visual arts
After more than 33 years, HOTA’s original art gallery, which has seen more than 1.24 million visitors through the doors and around 700 exhibitions, has closed its doors to the public, heralding a thrilling new chapter for the city’s arts hub. The Main Gallery’s closure is another step in the evolution of HOTA’s spectacular new $60.5-million purpose-built six-level gallery, which is set to open in early 2021.
While the Main Gallery is now out of action, the Foyer Gallery will remain operational and is currently showcasing the HOTA’s final exhibition – Dean Cogle: Beyond Nostalgia – a brilliant retrospective by local artist, the late Dean Cogle (update: you can read HOTA’s statement on the legacy of late artist Dean Cogle here). The exhibition runs until June 30, and will be HOTA’s final exhibition until 2021. From then, the HOTA team will turn their attention to the new gallery. Though, art-loving patrons will still have plenty to do at HOTA during the transition period, from ArtLab to Life Drawing, as well as viewing a selection of works from the $30-million Gold Coast City Collection, which will remain on display in the Foyer Gallery until late 2020. HOTA will also present more outdoor art and will develop its outdoor curatorial program over the period, where you can expect to see art pop up in unexpected places around the precinct.
As the chapter closes on the original Main Gallery, the hype around the $60.5-million, six-level, purpose-built new HOTA Gallery is starting to ramp up. Merging seamlessly with the now fully operational new outdoor stage, the striking new three-dimensional facility gallery will form the centrepiece of the 17-hectare HOTA precinct, which will also incorporate a pedestrian ‘green’ bridge that connects to Chevron Island. Signalling an exciting new era for the city’s arts and culture industry, the new HOTA Gallery will showcase the aforementioned 5000-piece multi-million-dollar art collection owned by the city, while producing a calendar of exclusive local and world-class international exhibitions. The gallery is expected to officially open early 2021.
For more information, head to the HOTA website.