Gold Coast Art Gallery 2021


A new purpose built and multi-story art gallery building including surrounding parklands within the Gold Coast’s destination cultural precinct, the Home of the Arts (HOTA) and designed by award winning ARM Architects (Melbourne).


HOTA Gallery, Home of the Arts
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast AUS

2017 - Ongoing (opens 2021)


Photo visualisation: ARM Architecture. All images courtesy of Gallery at Home of the Arts Gold Coast.

Curatorial & Collections Project Research & Administration: Alex Boyes/AB Curatorial Design

Architects: ARM Architecture (Melbourne)

 Partner: City of Gold Coast

HOTA Gallery Director: Tracy Cooper-Lavery

Cultural Precinct Director: Anna Carroll

Head of Curatorial Projects: Diana Warnes

Collections Manager: Nicholas Williams

Public Programs: Sarah Lewis

Special Projects and Administration: Sally Wright

Content type: Visual Art, Architecture


Supporting the HOTA Gallery team through administration, collections and curatorial research to deliver this project alongside ARM Architecture and City of Gold Coast Council, the new HOTA Gallery will provide a purpose built contemporary art space for art indoors and out. The building currently under construction was inspired by HOTA Gallery’s permanent collection hero painting The Rainforest (1990) by Australian artist William Robinson. This painting features featuring multiple perspectives and vantage points, mimicked within the building’s final design through its multiple stories and central staircase. Once finished HOTA Gallery will be malleable, collaborative, and multi-purpose. HOTA Gallery will also be the largest public gallery outside a capital city within Australia, with the ability and ambition to present projects of national and international scale.


Photo visualisation: ARM Architecture. All images courtesy of Gallery at Home of the Arts Gold Coast.

Award winning architects responsible for the design ARM Architecture (Melbourne), were selected via an international call out competition, further developing their concept in consultation with City of Gold Coast Council and HOTA Gallery team. ARM is also responsible for HOTA’s adjacent Outdoor Stage that opened in 2017, connecting aesthetically and functionally with the new HOTA Gallery design.

When HOTA Gallery opens to the public in 2021 its final spaces will include a main 1000m2 space (column free with 6m high ceilings), dedicated children's gallery, 900m2 for permanent/temporary exhibitions, and nearly 1000m2 of storage for its growing permanent collection with a focus on contemporary Australian and South-East Queensland art.

Photo visualisations: ARM Architecture. All images courtesy of Gallery at Home of the Arts Gold Coast.

Leading up to the completion of the Gallery’s detailed design in 2017-18 by ARM Architects, analysis and research was performed collaboratively by the HOTA Gallery team in order to assess then simulate best possible future operations for collections, audiences. Benchmarking and consulting with similar galleries/museums internationally was collated, targeting organisations with comparable collection types or programs.
This research became fundamental to the finalised detail design accepted by City of Gold Coast Council, and important for justifying spatial orientations and/or significant operational characteristics; like 1000m2 of uninterrupted exhibiting space for large scale contemporary shows, designated art transport routes, and ground access for education groups/those with special needs.


Photo visualisations: ARM Architecture. All images courtesy of Gallery at Home of the Arts Gold Coast.

Press and Media
ArchitectureAU, ARM’s Gold Coast gallery design updated, builder sought, 17 May 2017.
We are GC, Concept designs unveiled for five story art gallery on the coast, July 2018.
Arts Hub Australia, Australia gets new Home of the Arts, 6 February 2018.

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