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The coveted Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2022 Exhibition will open for the first time at the HOTA Gallery on September 17.

The new major exhibition will feature the works of 40 artists who are finalists in the award, with their diverse and respective practice at the forefront of photographic media.

HOTA has developed a program of events which take inspiration from the exhibition, allowing Gold Coasters and visitors to the City to immerse themselves in the exhibition’s themes, the technical process of photography, and to meet with finalists through talks and workshops.

“At HOTA, we pride ourselves on our rich community relationships. There is something in this program to suit everyone, it’s the perfect excuse to make art part of your life and create, enjoy and discover and multitude of stories at HOTA,” said HOTA Director, Gallery and Visual Arts, Tracy Cooper-Lavery.

Free and ticketed events within the HOTA Gallery commence on Saturday 17 September when the exhibition officially opens to the public, running through until November.


On Sunday 18 September, free Sunset Artist Talks will be presented on the concert lawn featuring the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2022 finalist artists Abdul Abdullah and Darren Sylvester, who will discuss their featured work in the HOTA Collection and the contemporary Australian stories they depict.

For children under 5, Little ARTLAB is on Wednesday 21 September with Polaroid Play. Little ones can enjoy posing and playing dress ups amongst a sparkly photo set, taking home a series of polaroids to treasure.


In October, the Pacific Centre for Photographic Arts (PCPA) is hosting events and activations in conjunction with HOTA to facilitate positive and practical experiences in the Arts for people in regional, rural, and remote areas of Australia and the Pacific.

From 10 to 23 October, HOTA will host artists in residence from PCPA. Sean Davey and Aishah Kenton, who will spend two weeks creating photography workshops and community storytelling projects.

Public Photo Booth will be held on 12, 19 and Sunday 23 October in the studio at HOTA Gallery. Participants will create a written or visual piece in response to the theme ‘belonging’. They are then photographed with their piece and receive a copy of the photo.

Artists in Residence ARTLAB workshop for 5–12-year-olds is on Saturday 15 October. Working with Sean Davey and Aishah Kenton, participants will create an artwork which will be included in a self-portrait whilst learning how to use lights props and staging. The following weekend, Saturday 22 October, teens get their turn for the same experience. Parents are encouraged to come along with tickets overing one child and one supervising adult.

Take in the Yarning Circle – Home Truth with Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2022 finalists Naomi Hobson & Jo-Anne Driessens and the PCPA on Sunday 26 October, to talk about our homes and the cultures that define them.

Finally, as part of their residency, PCPA will be taking part in Artist Talks in Gallery 1, the team will be chatting about socially engaged artistic practice with Craftivist and HOTA Artist Educator, Tal Fitzpatrick on Friday 14 and 21 October.

The monthly Rainbow Story Hour returns on Friday 21 October with Idin Aazami. Idin is a young, Gold Coast woman of trans experience who champions inclusion and safety for gender diverse folk.

In Little ARTLAB this month, turn ‘your’ adult into an alfoil alien sculpture and pose them in our photo set, this workshop is on the morning of Wednesday 26 October.

On Thursday 27 October, Drawing For Life will welcome special guest Julia Rose. With an international reputation for her organic wearable designs. Julia is the epitome of artistry and glamour when it comes to her floral couture.


On Friday 4 November, join artists Tony Albert and Karla Dickens in conversation with Jo-Anne Driessens for Art Talks. They are three of the best and brightest artists in Australian contemporary photography. On Sunday 27 November Aaron Chapman and Lyle Duncan join HOTA for Art Talks with CJ Anderson as moderator. These artists are finalists in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Awards 2022.

Enjoy a High Tea experience unlike any other at Palette Restaurant on Sunday 6 November with Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award finalists, The Huxleys as your dynamic and magical hosts. Will and Garrett Huxley are duo of cataclysmic proportion who present camp commentary and spectacle across the visual art, performance and entertainment sectors, who work together as The Huxleys.

Guy Ritani is the host of the monthly Rainbow Story Hour on Friday 18 November. Guy Ritani is an activist, designer, and co-founder of PermaQueer, an ecological education project that focuses on accessibility to LGBTQIA and BIPOC folx. 

ARTLAB is joined by Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Awards 2022 finalist Aaron Chapman for a Parkland Photo Walk on Saturday 19 November. Discover the beauty in everyday and learn direct from Aaron himself.

Little ARTLAB Sun Photos on Wednesday 23 November will see little ones working with natural materials and light sensitive paper to harness the suns’ ability to make an image.

Rounding out the program on Thursday 24 November, Drawing For Life will welcome special guest Julia Rose.

For more information on The Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2022 Exhibition and the programs on offer, visit HOTA’s website.

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