On the back of Mayor Tate’s call for high profile art pieces to be offered to the new HOTA Gallery, HOTA’s Gallery Director confirmed that talks have commenced with several international galleries and interest is positive.
Tracy Cooper-Lavery, HOTA Gallery Director, who is leading the team developing the exhibition and city collection program for the new gallery, has spoken with artists, galleries and collectors in London, Basel, New York and Los Angeles who have expressed interest in loaning individual works and entire exhibitions across the art spectrum, for the Gold Coast’s new art space.
When the brand new HOTA Gallery opens in early 2021, it will showcase a combination of international, national and local works set to put the Gallery on an international stage.
“It’s terrific that Mr Mayor supports what we are doing behind the scenes and I share his enthusiasm about the direction the gallery is taking,” said Ms Cooper-Lavery.
“It’s a job we take very seriously and have been spending considerable time in discussions with galleries and collectors from all over the world for some time now, and it would be ideal to attract notable ‘destination’ works from local collectors also.
While key international exhibitions will be a drawcard, one of Tracy’s leading goals is to support Australian artists.
“It’s important for us to develop stronger support for Australian artists; especially artists from our region and provide a platform to showcase their work; thus, highlighting the talent and breadth of home-grown skill right alongside some of the world’s best contemporary practice.”
“We are looking forward to delivering some exciting announcements in 2019 as artworks and exhibitions of national and international significance are secured for the Gallery’s program,” said Tracy.
HOTA are also encouraged that the team from Destination Gold Coast see art tourism as another string in the region’s bow.
“We look forward to working closely with Annaliese and her Destination Gold Coast team, as art tourism becomes an increasing driver to destinations around the world.”
“Curating the right mix of high-profile exhibitions with new talent and the best the Gold Coast has to offer, with appeal to a broad range of visitors, is all part of the challenge of delivering the new gallery experience.”
The HOTA Gallery is due to be completed towards the end of 2020 with the official opening in early 2021.