Arts & culture education

Our city is built on creativity and transformed by imagination.

Discover cultural programs, organisations and policies that are the engine room for the arts in our city.

Our arts & culture initiatives

Learn more about what our Arts and Culture team do for our city and how you can get involved.

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HOTA Home of the Arts

We believe experiencing the arts is essential for young people. Art has the power to unite, challenge, and transform. A cultural education is critical in the development of the next generation, our future leaders.

Our programs are supported by experienced educators. We are aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Services available include:

  • school group bookings
  • travel for students is subsidised through the McIlwain Bus Fund

Our HOTA Gallery is open all year round. We can provide an inquiry-based education program for your students. This is delivered by experienced educators and artists.

Explore the program here or email Renae Belton for more information.

Indigenous Artist Camp

Judy Watson teaching at artists camp 2017

Each year, we facilitate the Indigenous Artist Camp. The camp is a significant development and creative opportunity for Gold Coast based Indigenous artists. The camp is held for emerging and established local Indigenous artists at South Stradbroke Island.

Take a look at the outstanding Indigenous Artist Camp books produced each year as an outcome of the program. The books are key resources, which provide students with insight into First Nations stories and their art culture.

Active Travel art competition

The Active School Travel ART-AST competition is now open to all primary school students.

Schools can get creative, get active and win some awesome prizes. There is an opportunity to have artwork featured in the Active School Travel 2022 Calendar.

Key competition dates:

  • Friday 16 July 2021 – ART-AST competition closes, entries due to school
  • Friday 23 July 2021 – all entries must have been received by the Active School Travel Team
  • Term 4 2021 – Active School Travel 2021 Calendar distributed to schools and online gallery available for view.

Level Up creative studio & gallery

Level Up creative studio and gallery is our youth arts incubator for makers, doers and dreamers.

For more information contact our Level Up Coordinator on 07 5581 6691 or

Queensland Youth Week

Every April, Queensland Youth Week from the Queensland Government hosts a range of events to celebrate young people aged 12 to 25.

It is an opportunity highlight and encourage the positive contribution they make to our communities.

For more information, email to