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Creative Art Central
Designed to inspire local creatives to design a new and contemporary creative work that demonstrates a strong connection community.

Creative Art Central is an annual commissioning program which offers funds for established and emerging creatives of diverse disciplines living on the Central Coast. 

The program has been designed to inspire local creatives to deliver new and contemporary work that demonstrates a strong connection to community and opportunities for participation.

2024 application process


Registration has now closed. We are currently working through all he registrations to prepare for the seed funding announcement.

Seed funding

Awarded 20 November 2023

The top 10 registrations will be awarded $1000 each in seed funding to further develop their concepts and get ready to pitch their creative idea.

Congratulations to:

  • Alice McAuliffe (Established category): Concrete Carpet 
  • Alicia Gonzalez (Established category): I’ve So Many Things to Tell You – The Dining Dome Experience
  • Andrew Nichols (Established category): The Metamorphosis of Transformation
  • Crommelin Native Arboretum Inc Pty Ltd (Emerging category): Artist in Residence
  • Emma Marsh (Emerging category): Lighthouse
  • Heartdancers (Established category): Artistry on Wheels
  • Joshua Hallaran (Established category): The Art of Making Games
  • Luke Taaffe (Established category): Threads for Heads
  • Melinda Redford (Emerging category): When Heritage Speaks
  • Shellie Christian (Established category): The Alba Tree

Pitch to present

12-16 February 2024

The top 10 seed funded registrations will be required to pitch their ideas to an independent creative industry panel in an attempt to be awarded a Creative Art Central commission.

Commissions announced

29 April 2024

Final projects delivered 

30 June 2027

More information

For more information on the program or questions on how to register, please contact the team on

If you require a reasonable adjustment contact 0436 923 702 (this is for those who have applicants who have limited English or have a disability and require adjustments to any part of the process, including Pitch and Registration).

Read our fact sheet to find out more about the program. See here for an Easy English version of the fact sheet.


Creative Art Central 2022/23

group shot of 2023 artists outside in gardens

Pictured left to right: Carlos Diaz, Casey Gray, Krzysztof Pekowski, Merran Winchester, Sarah Staunton, Will Small, Eamonn Snow, Cameron Smith, Reed Plummer (Photography by Mike Wolfe. Venue: Edogawa Commemorative Garden, Gosford Regional Gallery).

In 2022/23 Central Coast Council received 71 applications from a diverse range of local creatives across a wide range of creative disciplines. 

The 2022/23 successful recipients were:

Professional category

  • Homebrewed Radio - Cameron Smith / Eamonn Snow, Homebrewed Studio Sessions (radio / video)
    check out their first three sessions:
    Tessa Thames
    Pilot Buffalo
  • Will Small / Lead by Story - This is How We Survive (poetry / video)
  • Sarah Staunton - Make Love Bloom (interactive Art Installation)
  • Merran Winchester - Saltwater Sounds (audio stories)
  • Reed Plummer - True Nature (photography)

Emerging category

  • Christopher Diaz - Carlos Diaz / Krzysztof Pekowski, If You Love Me, Save Me (sculpture)
  • Casey Gray - Forging history: Let's make English Easy! (creative writing).

Final projects delivered by 30 June 2024.

Creative Art Central 2021/22


Pictured (left to right) Kaye Harrison, Amelia Foxton, Brigitta Oldereid, Andi Mether, Toni Houston, Sarah Beard and Aaron Trew.

In 2021/22 Central Coast Council received 94 applications from a diverse range of local creatives across a wide range of creative disciplines. The six successful recipients of the 2021/22 round were:

Professional category:

  • Kaye Harrison of Treehouse Media – ‘Music Central’, documentary short film 
  • Andi Mether of Zest Events International Pty Ltd – ‘Look Mum, Watch Me’ all abilities sculptural commission
  • Toni Houston of Toni Houston Media and Sarah Beard of Artesano Productions Pty Ltd – ‘Coasting, into the heart of Bouddi’, documentary short film
  • Aaron Trew of AJ Trew – ‘Scoring Music for Film’, film scoring professional development project 

Emerging category:

  • Amelia Foxton – ‘Mother Tongue’, Feature length film
  • Brigitta Oldereid of Brigitta Dance Projects – ‘Contemporary Coastal Dance’, choregoraphed new work.
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