View all news

HOTA and Southern Cross announce new partnership


Sharlene King
27 October 2021
A man and woman at art gallery
Dean Gould, Southern Cross University's Chief Marketing Officer with Criena Gehrke, HOTA CEO, with paintings of landscapes by award-winning artist Emily Imeson, a Southern Cross University graduate.

Contemporary cultural precinct HOTA, Home of the Arts, has announced a new partnership with Southern Cross University.

For almost 30 years, Southern Cross University has been a hub of creative development, where graduates perform on stages and exhibit in venues across the world.

"Creativity and creative thinking runs deep at Southern Cross," said Ben Roche, Southern Cross University’s Vice President (Engagement).

"As a young and dynamic university, we strive to provide opportunities for students to broaden their minds with challenging ideas."

HOTA CEO, Criena Gehrke shares in the commitment between education and art.

"This new partnership between Southern Cross University and HOTA is a celebration of shared values and beliefs," said Ms Gehrke.

"As we embark on this chapter over the next three years, we will collaborate to promote the importance of the arts for our communities and support the next generation of makers, creators and audiences."

One of those partnership alignments announced this week is Southern Cross University’s support as the Corporate Partner of HOTA Gallery’s exhibition Australia’s Playground: Art on the Gold Coast. The exhibition is one of two permanent exhibition spaces at HOTA that showcase works from the City Collection. They University is also a supporter of HOTA’s upcoming event Neon Remix, a pop-fuelled 80s-flavoured outdoor party presented as part of HOTA’s annual WONDER program.

Neon Remix will be opened by special guest Mattymadeit, a current Southern Cross student.

"HOTA plays a pivotal role in realising the City of Gold Coast’s vision for the Gold Coast as a global city with a world class cultural precinct. As the fastest growing university on the Gold Coast, we’re proud to be a partner in bringing that vision to life," said Mr Roche.

"We welcome the connectivity and engagement this will provide for our students, staff and alumni and through this partnership we look forward to helping build and support the further development of this great City."

Study music and creative arts at Southern Cross University.


Australia’s Playground: Art on the Gold Coast

HOTA Gallery 2, Permanent Collection (open daily)

Exhibition Corporate Partner: Southern Cross University

The Gold Coast has long inspired artists who have lived here or come as visitors and found pause for reflection in the sights and wonders of the region. A place of enviable beaches, ancient rainforests, diverse communities, and abundant sunshine, this collection explores the unique character of the Gold Coast, and features artists who hail from the region, but whose work explores narratives of identity in the contemporary age. Features in Gallery 2 will include The Rainforest by William Robinson and paintings, ceramics, photography and video.

Neon Remix 80s New Wave in the Outdoors

Outdoor Stage, Sat 6 Nov

Proudly supported by City of Gold Coast and Southern Cross University

Neon Remix is the pop-fuelled 80s-flavoured outdoor party you’ve been waiting for. Featuring a playlist that celebrates the sweet spot, celebrate the sweet spot where disco died and the post-punk of pop collided with new wave sounds to deliver a soundtrack to the 80s – all reimagined by a line-up of the Gold Coast’s brightest neon filled musos. This supergroup of Contemporary New Wave rides under the creative synth mastermind of Blair Condon (Miss Lucy) with Mackenzie Brown (Miss Lucy), Matt McGuffie (Ivey), Ondre Davis (The Yams) and special guests, Millie Perks (Ivey), Tanisha Cook and Gemma Owens (The Oogars) and DENNIS, and opening act Mattymadeit. Backdropped by the sun setting over the Surfers Paradise skyline and HOTA’s Lost Dogs Disco outdoor art installation, with sounds of Talking Heads, Human League, Simple Minds, Depeche Mode, Duran Duran and more.


Media contact: Sharlene King, media office at Southern Cross University, 0429 661 349 or [email protected]