Home Of The Arts (HOTA) is taking part in discussions with international galleries that may offer high-profile art pieces to the Gold Coast’s new art space set to open in early 2021.

HOTA Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery, who is leading the team developing the exhibition and city collection program for the new gallery, has spoken with artists, galleries and collectors in London, Basel, New York and Los Angeles who have expressed interest in loaning individual works and entire exhibitions across the art spectrum that is expected to set HOTA on an international stage.

These discussions come after Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate called for prominent artworks to be offered to HOTA. “It’s terrific that Mr. Mayor supports what we are doing behind the scenes and I share his enthusiasm about the direction the gallery is taking,” said Cooper-Lavery. “It’s a job we take very seriously and have been spending considerable time in discussions with galleries and collectors from all over the world for some time now, and it would be ideal to attract notable ‘destination’ works from local collectors also.”

While key international exhibitions will boost the Gallery’s significance, one of Cooper-Lavery’s leading goals is to support Australian artists. “It’s important for us to develop stronger support for Australian artists; especially artists from our region and provide a platform to showcase their work; thus, highlighting the talent and breadth of home-grown skill right alongside some of the world’s best contemporary practice.”

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