HOTA announces Rage Against The V(irus) Artist Fund for Gold Coast creatives
While HOTA – the Gold Coast’s own Home of the Arts – may be temporarily closed, the team is still working tirelessly to help the city’s arts industry and creative communities navigate their way through these challenging times. This week, HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke announced Rage Against The V(irus) Artist Fund – an initiative designed to turn downtime into a spark for innovation, using digital technology as the medium.
HOTA Artist Fund – Rage Against The V(irus) will offer local artists up to $1000 cash for projects that will take no more than one week to develop and deliver. In response to the rapidly changing advice on social distancing, the projects must have an online outcome – it may include a podcast, audio file, Facebook live event, video content, streaming, Instagram or other digital platforms. The fund has been outlined as an opportunity for artists to develop an imperfect idea, or bring to life an idea that they’ve been playing with for some time. In the announcement, HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said, “It’s both creative development and presentation at speed. We want you to experiment with new forms, think outside the box, do things differently. Think of it as an incubator, developed and delivered from your home. We’ll help make it happen, and we’ll help get it out there.”
The opportunity is open to Gold Coast-based artists, collectives and organisations, or artists who have a strong connection to the Gold Coast, with successful applicants to be notified within seven days of applying. Expressions of interest for the HOTA Artist Fund – Rage Against The V(irus) are open from Friday March 20 to Friday May 15, with all projects to be completed by Friday May 29. For all of the details, head to the HOTA website.
Image 1: Agents of Confusion ‘FIRE’ by Leximagery
Image 2: GLOW 2019 by Leximagery