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ArtKeeper: Artist Announcement

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ArtKeeper: Artist Announcement

Today we announce the four recipients of our ArtKeeper program – our initiative that puts artists front, centre, and on the payroll.

Following the call out earlier in August of 2021, we received 150 applications from artists, and are pleased to share that Gold Coast locals Jay Jermyn, Daniele Constance, Daniel Cabrera (Dani Cabs) and Michelle Le Plastrier have been named the newest team members to join HOTA.

Following the call out earlier in August of 2021, we received 150 applications from artists, and are pleased to share that Gold Coast locals *Jay Jermyn, Daniele Constance, Daniel Cabrera (Dani Cabs)* and *Michelle Le Plastrier* have been named the newest team members to join HOTA.

ArtKeeper, a $97,000 investment, was our response to the conditions produced by the pandemic, and an opportunity to provide job security to artists in a time when they needed it the most.

Each artist has been offered a fixed-term employment contract to work on their proposed art project at HOTA for three days per week until March 2022.

They’ll be encouraged to take risks, experiment, and create great art in conjunction with internationally acclaimed playwright and artistic director, Wesley Enoch AM, who has been engaged as Artist Provocateur for the roles.

As one of the only places in Australia to be offering this kind of initiative, we’re proud to stand by local artists, and can’t wait to see what Jay, Daniele, Dani Cabs, and Michelle create while working here at the precinct. It’s sure to make staff meetings a little more interesting!

Throughout their stay, they’ll be sharing their progress and ideas – follow along on HOTA’s social media channels, including Facebook and Instagram, or follow the links below.

Daniel Cabrera (Dani Cabs)

Described as a multi-dimensional fun facilitator, Daniel Cabrera (Dani Cabs), plays with photo/video, dance, site activation, interactive/physical theatre and clowning to explore and strengthen relationships within community....

Daniele Constance

Daniele Constance is a participatory artist with a focus on social, civic and inclusive arts practices. Her works draw from direct experience and social arts practices, often using verbatim, documentary, community engaged, site-specific and contemporary art practices...

Jay Jermyn

As a musician, industrial designer and contemporary artist from Coolangatta, Jay Jermyn’s work explores the relationship between digital, natural and human phenomena...

Michelle Le Plastrier

Michelle Le Plastrier is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on hand-building ceramics, exploring the balance between sculptural and functional. Her project will include hosting collage workshops that require community participation, hypothetically exploring ways in which flora and fauna may evolve to survive global warming...


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