HOTA Gallery: An asthete’s paradise this October

Art enthusiasts are spoilt for choice this Spring has the HOTA Gallery hosts three major exhibitions across October.



‘ENERGIES’, currently showing at the HOTA Gallery, has been exhibiting the work of Gold Coast secondary students for over 30 years and has helped launch the careers of many established Gold Coast artists like Michael Zavros, Rebecca Ross, Michael Candy and Abbey McCulloch.

The exhibition has become known for exploring issues important to younger generations such as body image, sexuality, psychology, environmental awareness and consumerism.

Artworks equally celebrate the diversity of technique and style being learnt on the Gold Coast, as students are encouraged to experiment with materiality and try new forms of media. Like previous ‘ENERGIES’ this year will includes range of works including painting, installation, sculpture, installation and digital.

‘ENERGIES’ runs until 14 October. Pictured piece by Merrick Savannah.


HOTA, Home of the Arts has announced the 45 finalists vying for the prestigious Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award (JUWSPA) 2018. The 2018 Award attracted over 200 entries, of which judge Cherie McNair shortlisted 45 artworks for the exhibition.

Tracy Cooper-Lavery, HOTA Gallery Director was once again impressed with the outstanding quality of entries.

“From playful performative acts to portrayals of social realism, to our vulnerable environment, or urban structures, the 2018 Award submissions are potent with diverse subject matter and photographic techniques.

“The selected entrants for 2018 showcase the breadth of photographic practice in Australia.

“The Award is a fulsome experience about the possibilities of contemporary photography and a vital platform for photographers of all levels of experience to showcase their work,” Tracy said.

All finalist’s artwork will be displayed in The JUWSPA 2018 exhibition at HOTA Gallery from 20 October to 25 November. There are two Artlabs which support the exhibition:

Vintage Film Photography with Aaron Chapman | 5-10 years | 13 October 10am
Vintage Film Photography with Aaron Chapman | 11 – 16 years | 13 October 1pm
Square Eyes | Under 5s | 14 November 9.45am

Pctured: Interior with feature wall by David Wadelton


Accomplished Gold Coast artist, Nicola Moss continues her exploration of stories of urban green spaces, both here and in Japan, with an exhibition at HOTA. Moss’s ‘Breathing in Trees’ – where she makes fine art with paper – embodies a delicate observation of the intertwined relationship between the human experience, the built environment and urban green spaces.

Driven by a burning question, ‘What is sustainability?’ Moss engages people in considering the value of healthy environment, exploring possible futures where conservation and urban development find balance.

The exhibition runs from 20 October – 25 November, and there are two Artlabs which support the exhibition:

Dream Gardens | 5-10 years | 10 November 10am
Papercut Bird Haven | 11-16 years | 10 November 1pm

HOTA is also hosting ‘Artist Talk with Nicola Moss’ on 17 November in the Foyer Gallery. Pictured: Tokyo wild tree in hand, Nicola Moss 2018.

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