HOTA announces new artist fund

Gold Coast’s Home of the Arts (HOTA) has announced a new artist fund, called ‘The Rage Against the V(irus)’.

In recognition of the challenging times, which performance artists and practitioners alike are facing during the coronavirus outbreak, the organisation has presented a funded incentive for new projects.

HOTA will offer up to $1000 cash for projects that take no more than one week to develop and deliver. Chief Executive Officer of HOTA, Criena Gehrke, spoke of the move and how the venue hopes to support local artists.

“Artists are the lifeblood of HOTA, without artists, there is no home of the arts,” Gehrke said.

“And now, more than ever, we want them to know that they’re important to us and we’re here to support them.”

‘The Rage Against the V(irus)’ Artist Fund is designed to turn a downtime into a spark for innovation, using digital technology as the medium. In response to the rapidly changing advice on social distancing, the projects must have an online outcome, which may include a podcast, audio file, Facebook live event, video content, streaming, Instagram or other digital platforms.

“This is an opportunity to develop an imperfect idea or even an idea you’ve been playing with for some time, “Gehrke continued.

“It’s both creative development and presentation at speed. We want you to experiment with new forms, think outside the box, do things differently. Think of it as an incubator, developed and delivered from your home. We’ll help make it happen, and we’ll help get it out there.”

The opportunity is open to Gold Coast-based artists, collectives and organisations, or artists who have a strong connection to the Gold Coast, with successful applicants to be notified within 7 days of applying.

Expressions of interest for the ‘The Rage Against The V(irus)’ Artist Fund are open from Friday, 20 March 2020 until Friday,  15 May 2020, with all projects to be completed by Friday, 29 May 2020.

For more information and details on where you can apply, visit HOTA’s Website

Media Release supplied by Home of the Arts (HOTA). 

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