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Building Creative Places

An M&G QLD | HOTA Seminar

Friday 4 June 2021, 12.30pm-4.30pm + Gallery Tours
HOTA Gallery, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

Building Creative Places is a cultural sector seminar focussing on community engagement and infrastructure projects.

An informative line-up of industry professionals will explore topics including local community engagement during a major gallery build; artistic practice working alongside infrastructure; the development and construction of a new remote Queensland arts and cultural centre; and funding and building a new gallery in a local government context.

Speakers include:

  • Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director, Gallery and Visual Arts, HOTA Home of the Arts
  • Lisa Sorbie Martin, Gold Coast Artist, Torres Strait Islander woman, renowned for her textiles, prints, sculptures and public art projects
  • Nickeema Williams, Woorabinda Arts and Cultural Centre Manager
  • Brett Adlington, CEO, Museums and Galleries of NSW
  • Panel discussion moderated by Ineke Dane, Senior Curator, UAP (Urban Art Projects)

Who is this for?

Building Creative Places is aimed at gallery and museum staff and volunteers, local government staff, artists, arts workers, cultural planners and consultants and anyone thinking about capital upgrades in the cultural sphere.


Friday 4 June 2021
12.30pm: Lunch (optional extra)
1pm: Registration
1.30pm-4.30pm: Seminar
4.30pm-5.30pm: Gallery Tours
From 5.30pm: Drinks at the Exhibitionist Bar (optional)


Speaker Spotlights:

Tracy Cooper-Lavery

Director, Gallery and Visual Arts, HOTA Home of the Arts
Building Creative Communities

In sub-tropical parklands with the Surfers Paradise skyline as the backdrop, HOTA Home of the Arts is where art meets life. Evolving from a regional arts centre into a dynamic contemporary cultural precinct, HOTA has been crafted by a tenacious community and ambitious local government.

In a once in a generation project, the doors will open soon on the new HOTA Gallery, a $60.5 million home to international exhibitions and the city’s art collection.

But who are we to presume that if we build a cultural precinct that people will come? The Gold Coast is a place not usually recognised for art and culture. Our theme parks and tourist attractions have been wonderful at driving tremendous experiences. But these are commercial experiences, and our collective identity has evolved from this. In an economy of amazing and fun experiences, how do we stand out? Or more importantly, how do we connect and belong? How do we reimagine popular culture?

This discussion will explore where we have come from and where we want to go as part of HOTA’s evolution into a place that locals love and visitors must come and see – a place where art meets life.


Lisa Sorbie Martin

Photo Credit: Jo Anne Driessens

Gold Coast Artist

Lisa Sorbie Martin is of Torres Strait Island descent from Moa and Murray Islands. She is named after her grandmother ‘Sorbie’ which means ‘Wild Water Cherry’, a fruit only grown on the beautiful islands where her families live and own.

Lisa is an artist and designer who creates visual art, textile design, wearable art, ceramics and public art. She is also a cultural educator and creative innovator, bringing culture and creativity together to produce stories in her community. Lisa’s passion and inspiration comes from her family, faith, culture and the magnificent world we live in.


Nickeema Williams

Woorabinda Arts and Cultural Centre Manager

Nickeema Williams is a Kuku Yalanji, Koa and Meriam woman. She has been working as a visual artist, designer, project coordinator for many years in Cairns, FNQ and has had her work exhibited in numerous exhibitions across Australia. She has since been based in Woorabinda for 7 years working with youth, Elders and artists in the community.

Nickeema is a passionate about advocating for First Nations artists and stories. Currently working with the Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council to establishing and managing an Arts and Cultural Centre, located in Duaringa, CQ. The Woorabinda Arts and Cultural Centre is in its first Stage of develop but has already created new job and further Art opportunities for Woorabinda.

Most recently Nickeema took part in the Australia Council Custodianship program which gathered Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts leaders from across Australia. Cultural practitioners, artists and arts workers from across art forms and career levels explored what custodianship and leadership means in diverse contexts.


Brett Adlington

CEO, Museums and Galleries of NSW
Determining Cultural Need

Cultural infrastructure projects are currently booming in NSW – primarily as a result of the NSW Government's Regional Cultural Fund.

However, new cultural facilities are not built on money alone. They rely on years of planning, lobbying and developing political intuition. However, a key element to ensuring a project’s success is ensuring the community (generally) is on board.

This talk will look at some of the planning that Lismore Regional Gallery went through to get its project off the ground, and what was done to bring the community along on the journey.


Ineke Dane

UAP Urban Art Projects

Ineke Dane is an award winning curator currently based in Brisbane, Australia. She has a background in contemporary art theory, law, policy, photography and journalism; these disciplines inform her practice. Ineke currently works with UAP Urban Art Projects, a global leader in the fields of contemporary public art, design and architecture.

Ineke will be moderating the panel discussion.


This seminar is presented in partnership by Museums & Galleries Queensland and HOTA Home of the Arts, and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.


Make a weekend of it!

Yarning Circle | Women’s Business
Saturday 5 June 2021

Share treasured knowledge from four cultures of fibre and textile practice with expert women artists. This is a day for all to join in and exchange stories, culture and art. Bring your children too, everyone is welcome. Bring your own lunch or treat yourself to HOTA's café, bar, and restaurants.

All are welcome to attend. Book for the Yarning Circle separately at:


Museums & Galleries Queensland
122 Gerler Road
Hendra QLD 4011

t: (07) 3059 9740 / Freecall within QLD: 1800 866 101

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