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HOTA Gallery

Construction timeline
September 2018 to end 2020
Official opening in early 2021

A $60.5 million international-standard art gallery will be delivered as part of Stage 1B of the HOTA, Home of the Arts, project.

This next major step in the precinct’s evolution will deliver for the Gold Coast a six level, purpose-built visual arts facility for exhibitions, education and engagement.

To be completed in late 2020, HOTA Gallery will be youthful, ambitious, adaptable and collaborative, reflecting the Gold Coast itself. Hansen Yuncken highly regarded for managing the technically-challenging Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, has been appointed as managing contractor and will oversee design and construction.

A gallery brief, developed in conjunction with HOTA, establishes an ambition for the facility to become a significant cultural attractor for the Gold Coast.

A generous, highly-functional gallery will accommodate the valuable, but rarely seen, City Collection. It will showcase local artists and touring exhibitions and will be a platform for locals and visitors of all ages to engage with art and each other.

The light, airy and sub-tropical building will comprise more than 2000 square metres of AAA rated exhibition space over six levels, a 1000 square metre touring exhibition gallery fitted out to cater for temporary walls, and ground floor retail and dining spaces.

Durable and functional in design, it will offer a breathtaking rooftop experience with sweeping Surfers Paradise skyline and hinterland views, which will ensure the gallery becomes a cultural beacon and must see destination for residents and visitors.

An open-air entry foyer and connection to the surrounding environment will start a journey for the senses, further reinforced by the ambition to utilise one of the City Collection’s signature pieces, William Robinson’s Rainforest, as metaphor and design cue.

You can view an animation of the gallery design on our YouTube channel.

Labelled Stage 1B for its delivery phase, the new gallery also will provide a physical and visual connection between the existing HOTA, Council Chambers and the HOTA Outdoor Stage and concert lawn, helping create a vibrant, energetic hub for the precinct. 

Key design features

HOTA Gallery is a vertical format building over six levels with over 2000 square metres (sqm) of international standard exhibition space.

This includes:

  • 1000sqm main exhibition gallery with a grand volume of six metre high walls allowing for significant pieces of art to be displayed
  • 145sqm children’s gallery
  • 900sqm of permanent collection space over three levels and connected by a main stair
  • nearly 1000sqm of collection storage, workspace and crate storage area.

The design also features a rooftop experience at 30 metres above the ground providing 270-degree views of the city skyline and landscape.

The rooftop experience has room for up to 100 people inside and 70 people on the outdoor terrace and will have views down to the outdoor stage.

A ground floor café and foyer will open on to an outdoor terrace one metre above the top lawn of the outdoor stage, offering views across the amphitheatre to the outdoor stage. 

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The Project Team
Phone: 07 5581 7747

Construction (after hours)
Phone: 0414 180 617

Related information

Jump to key information
  • When will HOTA Gallery open?

    HOTA Gallery will open to the public in early 2021. 

  • Who is building the gallery?

    Hansen Yuncken has been appointed managing contractor to deliver HOTA Gallery. 

  • Will there be more dining and café options on site?

    Yes. Food and beverages will be included in the new HOTA Gallery.

    There will also be a rooftop experience with great views of the City skyline. We hope it will become a popular tourist destination and cultural beacon for the City.

  • Are there plans to build any other cultural facilities on the site?

    The City is currently building HOTA Gallery and a Green Bridge to link to Chevron Island. It is part of a whole of precinct Master Plan to be delivered in stages over the next 10 years.

    Any further cultural facilities to be built on the site will be decided by future Councils.

  • During what hours will construction works be done?

    Construction on site will be from Monday to Saturday between 6.30am and 6.30pm. Advance notice will be given if there is an activity outside of these hours.

  • Will there be any traffic impacts/lane closures on Chevron Island or Bundall?

    HOTA Gallery construction is not expected to adversely affect traffic.

    There will be construction vehicles and machinery moving along Crombie Avenue to access the HOTA precinct, but this traffic movement isn’t expected to create issues for local traffic.

  • How much noise will the construction create?

    There will be minimal noise impacts during these early works.

    To keep up to date with construction information, please contact the HOTA project team on 07 5581 7747 or email

  • Where will the gallery be built?

    The gallery will be built south-west of the top of the new concert lawn and will overlook the HOTA Outdoor Stage when complete.

    Please see the HOTA project resources page to view our newsletter for a map of the precinct.

  • Will HOTA events still occur during construction?

    Yes. Construction is not expected to cause the closure of events in the HOTA precinct.

    Typically it will be business as usual for HOTA and all the other activities within the precinct including Park Run, the Sunday Farmer’s Markets, the Chapel and more.

  • Where will HOTA patrons park during large events?

    You can still use the existing carparks on the precinct, Crombie Avenue and within the Bundall office precinct. The overflow parking area in parkland west of the Civic Chambers will continue to operate as required.

  • Will there be any car parking impacts during construction?

    There may be some temporary changes to car parking during early works for the HOTA Gallery. A new carpark is being built west of the Chambers to offset the loss of parking due to the gallery footprint.

    There will also be some parking realignments and service relocations. The City must maintain the current number of allocated carparks at all times, requiring careful consideration and management of early works staging.

    We will keep you up to date with parking and access changes as they occur over the coming months. Please see the HOTA project resources page to view our current newsletter.

  • I am looking for work. Who do I contact about construction job opportunities?

    Construction activity for the art gallery is being managed by Hansen Yuncken.

    You can contact them through the HOTA project team on 07 5581 7747.

  • I have a business and would like to become a supplier. Who do I talk to?

    All trade enquiries for HOTA Gallery construction should be directed to the managing contractor, Hansen Yuncken. You can contact them through the HOTA project team on 07 5581 7747.

  • I am an artist and would love to hold an exhibition in the new gallery. How do I organise this?

    HOTA has a dedicated gallery operations team who will be tasked with programming HOTA Gallery.

    For any enquiries on Gallery programming please email

  • I would love to work at HOTA. What opportunities are there?

    Please check the Careers at HOTA web page or the Seek job search website for any current positions at HOTA, Home of the Arts.


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