Now the dust has settled on the grand opening of HOTA’s brand new and utterly impressive Gallery; we assume that everyone has had a chance to scoot along and check out this fantastic space for themselves? If not, where have you been?! The new $60.5 million HOTA Gallery opened to the public Saturday, 8th May 2021. Spanning six levels and including over 2000m2 of AAA-rated, international standard exhibition space, a dedicated Children’s Gallery, and the $32 million City collection, HOTA Gallery is the most extensive public gallery outside a capital city in Australia.
If that’s not impressive, then we don’t know what is!
After an already well-received first exhibition, the gallery plans to spend no time hanging around with eager plans for their second major exhibition celebrating the beguiling and well known Australian artist William Robinson AO. Titled Lyrical Landscapes: The Art of William Robinson, the exhibition will run from Saturday 31st July — Sunday 3rd October 2021.
In his 85th year, the Brisbane born artist has been awarded both the Archibald and Wynne Prizes and is much celebrated for his multi-perspectival canvases that transformed the way we view Australian landscape painting.
It’s no secret that in 1984 Robinson lived on a 208-acre farm on the western slopes of Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland — a pivotal period of the artist’s life, drawing much inspiration from the neighbouring environment. After all, our hinterland is a pretty special place!
Lyrical Landscapes will herald the bringing together — for the first time — of his entire Creation Series, which was produced over 16 years. Exclusively guest curated by former Governor-General and close friend of the artist, Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO the works are widely considered his masterworks and highlight the artist’s spiritual connection to the natural world. This includes HOTA’s own The Rainforest, a painting by Robinson that already hangs proudly in the gallery: depicting Botan Creek in the Beechmont rainforest as it flows into a waterfall and descends into the Coomera River — a must-see if you get the chance.
Put the dates in your diary, and make sure you set some plans to check out this second exciting exhibition to grace the HOTA Gallery. And if you feel like pushing the boat out even further, and spoiling all your senses, remember that Palette and Exhibitionist Bar are on hand to tantalise your tastebuds as well. A well-rounded affair if we say so ourselves!
Words by Alex Mitcheson.