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Arts Centre Gold Coast unveils new branding and dramatic outdoor venue

Arts Centre Gold Coast unveils new branding and dramatic outdoor venue
February 6, 2018

On a significant day for arts and entertainment in south east Queensland, the Arts Centre Gold Coast has revealed its rebranding as the Home of the Arts (HOTA) while also unveiling its new outdoor amphitheatre.

Gold Coast City Council launched the new state-of-the-art outdoor venue today, also announcing the first program of major acts and events booked to play the space, featuring big names, collaborations and local talent.

Years in the planning, the program at the city’s new cultural heart will serve up a mix of free and ticketed performances for up to 3,500 people which will start with a free concert on 17th March by the internationally acclaimed comedian, composer and singer, Tim Minchin.

Introducing the new venue and branding, HOTA Chair Robyn Archer advised “a new name, a spectacular new venue, and a wonderfully energised new program comes as the result of many years of planning and hard work by multiple teams and a huge commitment from the City of Gold Coast.

“This moment is the inspirational beginning of a new era for the Gold Coast, for both its residents and its millions of visitors. At last, the sixth largest city in Australia has created a brilliant state-of-the-art platform for the commissioning, producing and presenting of the most exciting artists from the region, the nation and the world.”

Highlights of the 2018 program include Australian music legend Neil Finn and performances by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

In a major coup for the region, multi-award winning and pioneering musician and film director, Laurie Anderson, will leave her home in New York to take up residency at HOTA.

Set on more than 3,000 metre² of landscaped lawns, the outdoor stage was designed by leading creative firm, ARM Architecture. It features a bi-fold proscenium door and a self-supporting 100 tonne shade structure. The design encourages flexibility, and can be left open for large scale events or transformed into an intimate black box with cabaret-style seating.

The $37.5 million Stage 1 will be followed by the next stage of construction, scheduled to begin in mid-2018, with a new green bridge to be built connecting HOTA to Chevron Island, followed in late 2018 by a new Art Gallery.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate advised “once built, it will be the largest regional art gallery in Australia. The Gallery will become a cultural beacon showcasing the City of Gold Coast art collection and hosting international exhibitors of a calibre never seen before on the Gold Coast.”

HOTA Chief Executive Criena Gehrke said the venue presented a once-in-a-generation transformative program for the cultural life of the Gold Coast.

Gehrke commented “surrounded by parkland and lake with Surfers Paradise as the backdrop, HOTA, Home of the Arts is a place for live performances, lake-side strolls, star-gazing, farmers markets, cinema-watching, art and new-ideas, gathering, dance, creation and more. We are now home to the Gold Coast Film Festival, and are working with The Farm, Bleached Arts and The Walls.

“We call out to all fans and followers of arts, entertainment, creativity, music, storytelling and more - come and visit, go for a swim, dry off your sandy feet and wander over to the outdoor stage to experience world class artists.”

Also unveiled today was a spectacular new mural by New York based street artist MOMO on the walls of the tower at HOTA. Best known for his huge, playful, complex and brightly coloured abstract murals, the internationally famed MOMO was chosen from more than 120 submissions to create a spectacular piece that heralded the coming of HOTA. 

Outdoor stage and precinct
Completed at the end of 2017, the $37.5 million new Outdoor Stage brings extraordinary new capacities for performances and events, and the ability to attract artists and performers of a calibre not seen before on the Gold Coast. 

Located within 1.5 hectares of landscaped lawns with a full theatrical fit out, and with the stunning Surfers Paradise skyline as a backdrop, this outdoor stage features a 5.5 tonne bi-fold proscenium door and has a self-supporting 100 tonne shade structure. 

The 20 metre wide Outdoor Stage is a flexible space which can be used for both large scale and intimate events. 

The stage features a living green roof, comprising of more than 20,000 plants selected and suited to the climate, conditions and locality. 

Over the top of the outdoor stage is an adventure trail. The sandstone steps make this a challenging climb, but the view of Surfers Paradise rewards the walker. The lush concert lawn features themed planting and discovery paths. 

The Outdoor Stage is connected to the larger landscape through a patchwork woodland designed to give shade and comfort to the turfed seating area. High canopied Jacaranda trees (Jacaranda mimosifolia) will provide shade without disrupting the stage view while large evergreen columnar Kauri Pines (Agathis robusta) frame the open landscape of the Outdoor Stage and artscape. Connecting this exciting new infrastructure to the existing facilities is the Lawn Bar – a newly renovated café and deck which also allows for a contemporary outdoor ‘pop-up’ food and beverage offering and exclusive pre-performance VIP Areas. 

Outdoor Stage:
• The Outdoor Stage is 20 metre wide from wall to wall with a 5.5 tonne bi-fold proscenium door.
• The outdoor stage boasts ample rigging to facilitate a wide range of events and performances.
• Internally the outdoor stage features a commercial standard kitchen, a green room, two dressing rooms and toilet facilities and a shower. 
• The 12 metre high façade and shade structure uses the recurring theme of the Voronoi pattern throughout and boasts programmable LED architectural lighting to enhance this design. 

Stage Dimensions: 
• Height of Stage 1.4 metre (from stage to stage forecourt)
• Proscenium height 7 metre
• Proscenium width 14 metre
• Stage width 20 metre (wall to wall)

The outdoor stage offers rigging for scenery, scaffolding, sound and lighting. The external façade has five rigging beams, with four mounting points on each. Each point can support 1 tonnes. The shade structure itself has two forms of rigging, Ronston cable on the outer rim which can support 75 kilograms per lineal metre and 118 rigging points on the Voronoi capable of supporting 250 kilograms per point.

Shade Structure
The shade structure is a 100 tonne self-supporting structure which provides sun and glare protection for performers on stage. It has 40 pylons driven 15 metre into the ground to making it self-supporting. The fabric is ‘Ferrari Vinyl’ – a high tension, durable shade fabric, which has been individually fitted in each Voronoi pattern so that sections can be easily swapped out for repairs and maintenance. 

At each junction throughout the Voronoi pattern there is a 250 kilogram rigging point – 118 on these in total. The Ronston Cable around the outer rim can support large scale banners or artworks.

Audio and Lighting
The Front of House Mix Position will be located on the recessed concrete Area between the Stage Lawn and Concert Lawn and will house the operation of Audio and Lighting for Outdoor Concerts. It will have:
• Direct connectivity to the stage, via the patch panel in the wall
• GrandMA2 Lighting Console 
• DigiCo SD9 Audio Console 
• External Audio PA: L’Acoustics Kara Line Array
• 28 Boxes (14 per side)
• 10 Sub Woofers (five per side)

Outdoor Stage (areas in front of the stage)
Stage forecourt 80 metre², standing approximately 170 people, seated approximately 64 people
Stage lawn - 410 metre², standing approximately 950 people, seated approximately 350 people
Concert lawn - 2644 metre², standing approximately 6280 people, seated approximately 2248 people

Indoor Stage (internal area of outdoor stage)
The internal area of the Outdoor Stage features a 75sqm commercial kitchen a 61sqm green room with a kitchenette, lockers, seating, TV and dining table and two 12sqm dressing rooms with facilities. 

Event capacities for the indoor stage: the internal stage is 187 metre² (with the proscenium door closed) It can host:
• Approximately 160 people for a sit-down dinner
• Approximately 350 people for a cocktail/standing set up
• Approximately 140 people for a black box/cabaret set up
• Stage terrace (rear) 180 metre², approximately 150 people

Precinct facilities:
There is a public amenities block located north east of the outdoor stage with 24 cubicles, 10 urinals, three outdoor showers and three change rooms. There are also 16 hand wash basins. These facilities have been specially designed so that they can be configured to exclusively support a ticketed event while also keeping some facilities open to the General Public.

There are 823 Car Parking Spaces within the precinct.

Power, Water and Waste
The precinct contains 18 Event Node Bollards supplying additional power and water for major events, festivals and temporary infrastructure to most areas of the precinct. Bollards are equipped with 1 x 40AMP 3 phase and 2 x 15AMP general power outlets. Wireless access points throughout the Precinct provide event teams and production companies the ability to stay connected for major events. Three drinking water fountains with additional bottle re-fill outlets are situated throughout the precinct and five fixed general and recyclable waste receptacles are also scattered throughout, however a strict Waste Management Plan is in place for Major Events. 

The site is covered by CCTV and a team of security guards who are on site 24 hours a day. There are also two boom gates to ensure safe and free movement for pedestrians and restrict unauthorised vehicle access to the site. The paths within the precinct can also support the use of vehicles with this main path taking vehicles up to 5 tonnes, and the paths around the circumference of the Outdoor Stage, taking larger trucks and Elevated Work Platforms of up to 8 Tonnes.

Noise Management
The precinct has a stringent and thorough Noise Management Plan in place. Standard Hours of Operation 7am to 10pm with a maximum 70dB at the nearest residential noise sensitive area. 

Images (from top): HOTA's new outdoor stage,; Criena Gehrke, Mayor Tom Tate and Robyn Archer at the venue; Tim Minchin will star in a free concert at HOTA on 17th March and the venue against the backdrop of Surfers Paradise.







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