A brand new $60.5 million gallery will be built at HOTA, Home of the Arts as part of Stage 1b of the City of Gold Coast’s Cultural Precinct Masterplan.
In July 2018 City of Gold Coast revealed concept designs for the new HOTA Gallery.
Hansen Yuncken, highly regarded for managing the technically-challenging Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, has been appointed as managing contractor and will oversee design and construction.
The new Art Gallery at HOTA, Home of the Arts will occupy a unique position within the art institution landscape across Australia. It will be one of the country’s largest regional galleries and aims to be a leader in this space, offering fresh and unexpected approach to viewing and interacting with art. It will be a cultural centre of gravity. A new, uniquely Gold Coast and distinctly 21st century platform to express the city and its people. Closely tied with the varied sub-tropical landscape setting from the mountains of the hinterland to the white sand and surf of the magnificent coast line.
HOTA Gallery will be a must-see destination for locals and tourists alike. Showcasing and celebrating local talent, the rich and rapidly expanding permanent collection and internationally acclaimed touring exhibitions. HOTA Gallery will be intrinsically linked to the landscape, spilling out onto the landscape and allowing the landscape into the circulation and foyer spaces. HOTA Gallery is a vertical format gallery over 6 levels, with over 2000m2 of AAA rated exhibition space. The Main Exhibition Gallery is a 1000m2 space, fit out specifically for touring exhibitions using temporary walls. It is a column free space and 6m in volume. This can also be expanded with Children’s Gallery programs with a further 170m2 available.
HOTA Gallery also is home to 900m2 of permanent collection and exhibition galleries spread over three levels and connected by a main stair, offering views to the city and hinterland. There is nearly 1000m2 of collection storage, work space and crate storage area. The cultural beacon of the gallery is the rooftop experience. A public area and bar some 30m above the ground with incredible 270 degree views of the natural landscape and skyline of the city.
The ambition for the project is to provide both high quality outcomes for viewing and interacting with art but also the building in its self. HOTA Gallery has a significant role to play in its place in the art world but also as a civic asset for the city and its people.
Construction timeline – September 2018 to end 2020
Official opening – Early 2021