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HOTA Gallery

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  1. HOTA Gallery exterior
    Photograph: Brett Boardman
  2. The view from HOTA Gallery
    Photograph: Brett Boardman
  3. HOTA Gallery interior
    Photograph: Brett Boardman

Time Out says

The results of an extraordinary $60 million development opened in May 2021. HOTA Gallery is a world-class fine art gallery housed in a six-level facility designed by ARM Architects – a mulitcoloured high-rise building visible from kilometres away that in turn enjoys 360 degree views of the Gold Coast region. 

The gallery features a 1,000m2 level 1 special exhibition space for touring shows, a children's activity zone as well as four levels of permanent exhibition space showing an entertaining and vibrant selection of Australian contemporary art. The collection is not a comprehensive survey but rather follows a number of themes. It's strong in 1970s abstraction, ceramics (through the International Gold Coast Ceramic Art Award), photography (through the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award) and Indigenous art. Naturally, there is a strain of art inspired by the Gold Coast itself. 

The building itself is fun to navigate with various views to enjoy as you climb the stairs. The top level houses the Exhibitionist Bar (perhaps named in playful homage to the practise of nude sunbathing) with an outdoor area and a menu of cocktails and sophisticated bites. The sensational Palette Restaurant and the HOTA giftshop form part of the main building. A large grassy area joins the gallery to the HOTA Amphiteatre down the hill, with access to the Nerang River and HOTA Green Bridge beyond.

HOTA Gallery was formerly known as Gold Coast City Gallery and was built on lands of the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. The HOTA precinct is an even one-hour drive from downtown Brisbane and thoroughly worth the journey.

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135 Bundall Rd
Surfers Paradise
Opening hours:
Daily 10am-5pm

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Archie 100

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Australia’s most prestigious art prize hit a major milestone in 2021, having presented a staggering century’s worth of portraits, including celebrities, politicians, artists, sports stars and ordinary folk. Marking this glorious centenary is blockbuster exhibition Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize. Tracing the changing face of the nation by presenting some of the most memorable portraits from across the years, the show also delves into the backroom drama, warts and all. You’ll be able to find out juicy goss on all the controversies, triumphs and near misses from the past 100 years. Exhibition curator Natalie Wilson, who heads up Australian and Pacific art at the Art Gallery of NSW, had a tough task on her hands in putting together this landmark show. North of 6,000 portraits have been exhibited during the Archibald’s esteemed lifetime. Somehow she’s managed to whittle the field down to just over 100 highlights. They include Vincent Namatjira’s self-portrait, presented two years before his win for depicting sporting hero Adam Goodes; John Bracks’ 1969 pink-jacketed take on Barry Humphries as alter ego Dame Edna Everage; and Wendy Sharpe’s 1996 self-portrait posing as Diana of Erskineville. “Each portrait selected for Archie 100 offers an exciting glimpse into a specific moment in time,” Wilson says. “Together, these works uncover changes in society in engaging ways, enabling people to experience how artistic styles and approaches to portraiture have changed over tim

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