Home of the Arts, Gold Coast

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HOTA, Home of the Arts

Home of the Arts (HOTA) is a cultural precinct situated in Surfers Paradise, City of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. HOTA presents live music, theatre, dance, comedy, opera, kids shows, art, cinema from local, national and international artists and companies. Coordinates: 28°00′05″S 153°24′58″E / 28.0015°S 153.4162°E / -28.0015; 153.4162It is surrounded by parklands and a lake.[1]

The HOTA precinct is the centre-piece of the City of Gold Coast Council’s Gold Coast Cultural Precinct masterplan.[2]

HOTA, formerly known as The Arts Centre Gold Coast and Gold Coast Arts Centre, was also home to the Gold Coast City Art Gallery which closed in 2018 to prepare for the opening of the new HOTA Gallery in early 2021.[3]

HOTA, Home of the Arts[edit]

HOTA Home of the Arts includes:[citation needed]

  • Outdoor Stage
  • HOTA Gallery (opened on 8 May 2021)[3]
  • Theatre 1 - 1139 Seat traditional theatre
  • Theatre 2 - smaller black box theatre
  • HOTA Cinema[4]
  • Panorama Room
  • Lakeside Room
  • Basement
  • Various Function Rooms and Spaces
  • HOTA Cafe[5]
  • Sculpture Walk
  • St. Margaret's Chapel
  • Adventure Trail (climb over the Outdoor Stage)
  • Lake
  • HOPO Ferry stop[6]
  • Bridge connecting HOTA to Chevron Island / Surfers Paradise[7]
  • Accessibility

Outdoor Stage[edit]

The Outdoor Stage officially opened on March 17, 2018 with a sold-out performance by Tim Minchin.[8] The outdoor stage is surrounded by parklands and a lake, with views to the Surfers Paradise skyline. The structure is framed by a 100-tonne self-supporting screen that protects performers from sun and glare. The stage is 20 metres wide from wall-to-wall and 1.4m high (from stage to stage forecourt) and includes a 5.5 tonne bi-fold proscenium door.[citation needed]

Theatre 1[edit]

Theatre 1 is a traditional theatre hat has two levels of seating that can hold 1139 people. The auditorium has full stage facilities for theatre, conventions, and product launches.[citation needed]

HOTA Cafe[edit]

There is also a Foyer Bar and a Candy Bar inside HOTA Central.[citation needed]

HOTA Cinema[edit]

HOTA Cinemas offer movies from mainstream blockbusters, to arthouse and foreign films.

St. Margaret's Chapel[edit]

The St. Margaret's Chapel is a non-denominational historic chapel that holds receptions and weddings. The Chapel is within easy walking distance of new function rooms at HOTA.[citation needed]

The HOTA Project[edit]

The HOTA precinct is the centre-piece of the City of Gold Coast Council’s Gold Coast Cultural Precinct masterplan. The Gold Coast Cultural Precinct masterplan is a result of City of Gold Coast Council’s vision of a central cultural precinct for the city’s thriving cultural and artistic activity.[2]

Delivery of the $37.5 million Outdoor Stage marked the completion of Stage 1a of the Masterplan. Stage 1b was the construction of a new Bridge to Chevron Island which improved connectivity to Surfers Paradise. The $19.5 million bridge crosses between the parklands and a vacant lot on Stanhill Drive, Chevron Island and was officially opened in early 2020.[citation needed]

The second part to Stage 1b is the addition of a new art gallery. The HOTA Gallery will be the largest gallery outside a capital city in Australia and will enable HOTA to present exhibitions and projects that focus on art and design, both indoors and out. Construction began in mid-2018 and the Gallery opened on 8 May 2021.[citation needed]

History[edit]

HOTA was first named ‘The Keith Hunt Community Entertainment and Arts Centre’ and known as ‘The Centre’. It was officially opened in December 1986 and is owned and managed by the Gold Coast City Council. With a second name change, it then became the ‘Gold Coast Arts Centre’ and this name remained until March 2010.[citation needed]

In 1993, the Gold Coast City Council formed the Gold Coast Arts Centre Proprietary Company Limited as a separate legal entity. The purpose of this was to diversify funding income, deepen community engagement and increase marketplace flexibility. The Gold Coast City Council is the sole shareholder in the company and continues to provide the majority of funding.[citation needed]

In 1996, The Arts Café was added, and in 2004 an extension was built, comprising a new cinema, two function rooms and an administration area.[citation needed]

The Arts Centre Gold Coast in 2015

In March 2010, the Gold Coast Arts Centre was renamed, rebranded, refurbished and relaunched as The Arts Centre Gold Coast, as part of an ongoing change of strategic direction. The Arts Centre Gold Coast (TAC) is a registered trading name of Gold Coast Arts Centre Pty Ltd.[citation needed]

In 2018, a fresh rebrand took place and the venue became HOTA – Home of the Arts.[citation needed]

After more than 1,240,352 visitors and 700 exhibitions over the past 33 years, the original Gallery at HOTA closed in 2018 and construction is now nearing completion of the new $60.5m new HOTA Gallery which is due to open in early 2021.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Murray, Pamela (1998). Arts and soul : a history of the Gold Coast's cultural pioneers and the Gold Coast Arts Centre. Griffith University. ISBN 978-0-86857-928-3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home". HOTA. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "HOTA Project". City of Gold Coast. Retrieved 10 May 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b "New HOTA Gallery". HOTA. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Cinema - Now Showing". HOTA. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  5. ^ "HOTA Café". HOTA. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Hopo - Gold Coast's Hop On Hop Off Ferry Service". Hopo. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  7. ^ "The HOTA Bridge". HOTA. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  8. ^ "Tim Minchin to perform at HOTA". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 8 October 2018.