Meet the artist behind this year’s HOTA Christmas Commission

Local artist Nicholas Tossmann is creating an exciting wordplay installation for the 2021 Christmas Commission at HOTA, Home of the Arts.

The festive spirit is in full swing as we shift into summer and the yuletide tradition of HOTA’s Christmas Commission.

This year, Gold Coast emerging artist Nicholas Tossmann invites you to ponder the meaning of Christmas in a thoughtful and contemporary festive response.

Gold Coast local and recent graduate from QUT (Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts)), Nicolas Tossmann’s practice investigates and explores a philosophical search of self and purpose.

A highly accomplished young artist, Nicholas has recently completed a four-month residency with The Walls, a three-month residency with Level Up Coolangatta; and was recently exhibited in a group show at Metro Arts in West End (as part of the Young Emerging Artists Forum). His first solo exhibition began in October 2021 at Wreckers Artspace, Woolloongabba.

In six installations, Nicholas’ work Moments delves into our continuing search of self and purpose through a philosophical lens. Timely in the wake of the uncertainty of the last two years, the artwork aims to bring opportunities for introspection and reflection. Sure to evoke a sense joy and grounding to visitors, Moments will encourage visitors to ponder the meaning of the season and exchange their own experiences of Christmas.

In an exciting opportunity to create your own festive journey, and to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the busy season, plan a stroll through HOTA and take in Moments by Nicholas Tossmann. 

Here’s where you can find Nicholas’ artwork:

Moment, HOTA Gallery, Level 3 viewing platform.

Anticipation, HOTA Gallery, base of Outdoor Stage entrance ramp.

Grateful Being, HOTA Gallery, top of Outdoor Stage entrance ramp.

Categorise Perception, HOTA Central, windows adjacent to Cinema 1.

Meaning / Belief, underside of the Green Bridge.

Speculation, HOTA Central, wayfinding signage.

HOTA, Home of the Arts, celebrates and supports Gold Coast based artists by commissioning a seasonal artwork in recognition of the role contemporary art practice plays in everyday life.

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