The Home of The Arts (HOTA) has announced the winners of its Creative Development Program on Monday 11 March. More than 250 applications were received following the launch of the program in late 2018, with the 12 recipients of the award being recognised.

The Creative Development Program in collaboration with the Gold Coast City Council, offers $200,000 and in-kind resources for local artists to fuel their ideas. The selected artists are a mix of both emerging and established practitioners whose proposals were collaborative and involved works which expanded on the artist’s current practice. The successful applicants announced were Grayson Millwood – The Farm, Nadia Sunde in collaboration with Everybody Now, Rebecca Ross – The Walls, Corrina Bonshek, Thomas Kelly, Michael Candy, Fletcher Babb, Kayah Guenther, Lowana-Skye Davies – Umwelt Collective, Jay Jermyn, Pearly Black and Adrienne Kenafake.

The program was split across two key streams, including Little Bites – small projects in their early stages of development with up to $5000 cash and in-kind support; and Big Bites for large and complex projects, with up to $40,000 cash and in-kind support.

HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke said the callout to local artists received a great response that will further the scope and breadth of the city’s arts and culture landscape. “As the home of the arts, we are absolutely committed to local artists and creatives making and presenting work at HOTA. We want artists to have the time and space to explore new ideas, experiment and collaborate,” she said.

As the arts and culture hub of the Gold Coast, HOTA will continue to work with local artists, from employment to commissioning new work as well as funding and programs like the Creative Development Program that help transform ideas into outcomes.

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