‘You thought you knew what the Gold Coast was’: Australia’s largest regional art gallery to open on the glitter strip

Australia – a blog post by Surf Report – ‘s biggest regional artwork gallery will open its doorways at the Gold Coast this weekend, showcasing never-before-seen acquisitions from its $32 million assortment.

“We’ve got actually put a line, actually, within the sand and mentioned that we at the moment are a spot about artwork and tradition,” mentioned Tracey Cooper-Lavery, director of the HOTA Gallery.

Designs for the $60.5 million HOTA (pronounced warmer) Gallery had been first sought in 2013 to exchange the unique Gold Coast Town Artwork Gallery, inbuilt 1986.

“Even from the time it opened it was once too small,” Ms Cooper-Lavery mentioned of the previous gallery.

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The $60.5 million HOTA Gallery in Surfers Paradise is now Australia – a blog post by Surf Report – ‘s biggest regional artwork gallery. (

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The HOTA Assortment was once established in 1968 and homes greater than 4,400 works of art — handiest 3 consistent with cent of which will also be on show throughout 4 new exhibition areas.

Award-winning artists integrated within the inaugural grasp come with Ben Quilty, whose piece Sarah Island, Tasmania, will likely be exhibited as a part of the gathering for the primary time.

Five people stand with their backs to the camera looking at a large painting which is styled like psychologist's Rorschach test
Ben Quilty’s Sarah Island, Tasmania piece, obtained by way of the HOTA Assortment in 2018, seems along different works within the HOTA Gallery.(

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Gallery CEO Criena Gehrke mentioned the inclusion of such items was once a “tear down the cheek” second.

“The ones works have deserved this house for his or her whole lives they usually simply glance so implausible in the ones exhibition areas.”

The $1 million signature piece that virtually by no means was once

The centrepiece of the HOTA Assortment, The Rainforest by way of William Robinson, gained the 1991 Wynne Prize — the panorama artwork an identical of the Archibald Prize.

“In our midst we had this nationally identified, essential artist dwelling in the community (at Springbrook) so it appeared like a good chance to procure a piece,” mentioned Ms Cooper-Lavery.


Woman wearing glasses smiling in front of a wall-length painting of a rainforest with a rainbow through waterfalls
Gallery director Tracey Cooper-Lavery says William Robinson’s The Rainforest “wasn’t a very simple acquisition”.(

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“In 1991, when inaugural director Fran Cummings regarded to procure the portray it was once valued at $80,000.”

A neighborhood marketing campaign to prevent the town council spending ratepayer budget at the paintings put an finish to the acquisition and it was once handiest secured after a public fundraising effort.

“We would not be status on this development and the design of this development since the architects have used this paintings; the portray has impressed the development.”

Extra ladies artists, extra Indigenous paintings

40-six consistent with cent of the HOTA Assortment is produced by way of feminine artists, a ratio exceptional in lots of collections.

“For a very long time, we now have been supporting ladies artists,” Ms Cooper-Lavery mentioned.

Women in a bright yellow floral jacket smiling underneath a dangling fibre-optic artwork
Gold Coast-based artist Lisa Sorbie Martin and her fibre-optic advent for Forged Gold: Artists in Paradise.(

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“We’ve got were given one of the most biggest collections of Indigenous artists in regional Australia – a blog post by Surf Report – , if now not the biggest,” Ms Cooper-Lavery mentioned.

“We are very serious about obtaining Queensland Indigenous artists. With a bit of luck down the observe that will likely be one thing other people say we now have completed actually smartly too.”

Australian unique non-public assortment

Fresh Masters from New York: Artwork from the Mugrabi Assortment, which contains the only biggest choice of Andy Warhol items globally, will have its international premiere at HOTA Gallery in November — an Australian unique.

“But in addition we’re ceaselessly dedicated to showcasing locals as a result of it is a part of who we’re, the house of the humanities.”

Gold Coast-raised Elliot Bastianon, these days featured within the NGV Triennial, is one among 19 native artists commissioned to provide new works within the gallery’s opening exhibition.

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Gold Coast-raised (and now Canberra-based) artist Elliot Bastianon says “it is implausible simply seeing the Gold Coast’s artwork scene increase and blossom”. (

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He mentioned he felt “extremely humbled and fortunate to be part of the inaugural display”.