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'Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street' installation view at HOTA 2023. Photo: ArtsHub.

Sneaker boom: from grassroots to billion-dollar industry

HOTA’s latest international exhibition ‘Sneakers Unboxed’ details the influential people and iconic kicks behind the sneaker boom.

Muddiman. Laughing woman with blonde hair and wearing a gold and black top.

Q&A: Susi Muddiman on her move from Tweed to HOTA

After 16 years at the helm of Tweed Regional Gallery, the gallery director heads to the glitz of the Gold…

Karin McCracken, second from right, with students. Image supplied.

Theatre show tackles the tricky subject of consent education

The award-winning Aotearoa New Zealand production YES YES YES is undertaking an Australian tour as consent education is mandated in…


Twenty-year strong sculpture festival builds connections for intergenerational audiences

Co-Founder and Artistic Director Natasha Edwards shares insights from seeing SWELL Sculpture Festival grow and evolve over the last two…


How to stage a festival in a city with no CBD

The Gold Coast is a city with no identifiable CBD, so how does its unique geography impact the annual BLEACH*…


A spectacle of immersive and experimental ideas, in HOTA's intimate spaces

HOTA’s Underground 2023 festival will entertain and tantalise, with narratives daring and subversive.


When is a traumatised community ready for art?

Creative recovery is not only about art-making in disaster-impacted communities, but also the duty of care towards artists in this…


Gold Coast's HOTA receives $1M donation

Bensons Property Group Chairman and avid art collector, Elias Jreissati says he 'encourages others to step forward and support HOTA'…


First Nations photographers offer provocative and timely conversations

Riffing off photography’s traditional role as ‘witness’, HOTA showcases new appreciation of First Nations photographers as storytellers.

Brightly coloured projections wash over a group of five people standing and sitting close together, making their features hard to distinguish.

Changing cultural narratives by sparking public conversation

The 2022 BLEACH* Festival is not only commissioning new work, it’s changing the way locals and visitors alike perceive and…

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