A number of established and emerging local artists have been announced as the recipients of HOTA, Home of the Arts first Creative Development Program, where $200,000 of funding and in-kind resources was up for grabs this year.
Supporting local artists and creatives in a real way is important to HOTA. With support from City of Gold Coast, they put out a call to local artists last year to let them know they were opening their doors.
More than 250 applications were received for the Creative Development Program covering art forms such as theatre, dance, music, performing arts, public art and film.
The program was looking for projects and works that were collaborative, cross-arts, multi-platform and works that shifted or expanded on an artist’s current practise. The applicants were asked to include a public engagement element to their project which could include a public showing, workshop, masterclass or similar. 52 artists were shortlisted, with 12 being chosen to received support.
On the morning of 12 March 2019 HOTA announced the 12 local artists who have been chosen to be recipients of the 2019 fund:
- Grayson Millwood, The Farm
- Nadia Sunde (in collaboration with Everybody Now)
- Rebecca Ross, The Walls
- Corrina Bonshek
- Thomas E.S. Kelly
- Michael Candy
- Fletcher Babb
- Kayah Guenther
- Lowana-Skye Davies Company: Umwelt Collective
- Jay Jermyn
- Pearly Black
- Adrienne Kenafake
“It was incredibly exciting to receive applications from such a diverse range of artists. It’s clear the Gold Coast’s arts scene is bursting with ideas and ambition and I can’t wait to see what this amazing group of talented artists do with this opportunity,” said HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke.
As the arts and culture hub of the Gold Coast, HOTA will continue to work with local artists, from employment to commissioning new work as well as funding and programs like the Creative Development Program which help transform ideas into outcomes.
HOTA is in a stage of growth and transition over the next few years, as the precinct prepares itself for major development including a new Green Bridge this year and the highly anticipated HOTA Gallery will opening it’s doors in 2021.