current exhibitions

Saturday, 20 October, 2018 to Sunday, 25 November, 2018

Darren Sylvester | Broken Model 2016 | lightjet print | Collection Gallery at HOTA | Acquired from JUWSPA 2017

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award exhibition honours the philanthropy of Mrs Win Schubert AO (1937-2017). The Award is a touchstone of contemporary photographic practice in Australia, and an exciting platform for established and emerging photographers to showcase their work.

The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (JUWSPA), introduced in 2002, is considered one of the most important awards for contemporary Australian photographic practice. The exhibition showcases a selection of finalists, in a stunning display where established photographers are presented alongside emerging talent. The resulting exhibition is a reflection of contemporary practice that examines diverse themes and approaches. JUWSPA captures the energetic evolution of the photographic medium as a means of creative expression with photography arguably being one of the most dynamic and embracing mediums in contemporary visual art.

Entries for the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2018 open Friday 2 July.  See the Gallery Opportunities page for more details.

Nicola Moss
Saturday, 20 October, 2018 to Sunday, 25 November, 2018

Nicola Moss | ‘Tokyo wild – Tree in Hand’ 2018 (detail) | Assorted papers, synthetic polymer paint, collagraph and relief prints, charcoal frottage, oil crayon, ink, ochre, watercolour and matt varnish on stretched linen. 150 x 200cm | Photographed by Carl Warner | Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.

Breathing in trees is a delicate observation of the intertwined relationship between the human experience, the built environment and urban green spaces.

In 2017, Moss undertook a residency at Youkobo Art Space in Suginami City, one of the 23 special wards (municipality areas) that makes up Tokyo. In contrast to the manicured public green spaces, Moss was inspired by the pockets of green that appeared in nooks and crannies along boundaries of urban areas. This is where private and public spaces meet and where residents would strive to create their own unique green spaces. Visitors to Moss’s studio would complete a questionnaire, sharing the values beloved plants contributed to their lives.

Returning to the Gold Coast, Moss has continued her green spaces project, seeking out the stories of treasured gardens locally. The contrast between Suginami City and the Gold Coast – having the same population but vastly different geographical sizes – presented the opportunity to explore the influence of green spaces in generating social cohesion and liveability of built environments.

The result of her ongoing investigation is a delight. Moss has created compositions of organic forms, cutting and layering paper and working with a variety of media – charcoal, water colour, oil crayon, ink and ochre. She has observed that paper has the ‘ability to record nuances of experience and place’, and in Breathing in trees Moss explores that innate human desire to connect with nature.

Saturday, 8 December, 2018 to Sunday, 17 February, 2019

Rennie Ellis | Kym Hosking, Sheba, The Playroom, Gold Coast 1983 (detail) | digital print | State Library of Victoria collection

Let there be rock!, a forthcoming gallery exhibition at HOTA Home of the Arts takes inspiration from AC/DC’s boisterous album of the same name.

For three decades from the 1970s to 1999, the Gold Coast was a hot-spot on the bucket-list of Australia’s live music touring circuit. With iconic venues like The Playroom, Bombay Rock, The Patch, Jet Club and Fisherman’s Wharf, the Coast played host to some of the hottest and most notorious international and Australian music acts; as well as some of our best local talent. From The Ramones and Cold Chisel at The Playroom, to INXS and The Go-Betweens at Bombay Rock; and Nirvana and The Violent Femmes at “Fisho’s”; this exhibition celebrates the heyday of hard-core rock and entertainment through stories, memorabilia, photos and footage.