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Every year Council facilitates a wide range of art programs. Find out more about programs including the Gosford Art Prize the Maliga arts and cultural showcase and more.

Creative Art Central

Creative Art Central is an annual Council-led commissioning program open to Central Coast professional and emerging creative practitioners.

This year up to six commissions will be available, with four professional and two emerging creative practitioners being awarded up to $20,000 for a new work that engages with the community. 

Since 2018, Creative Art Central has commissioned new works by 10 creative practitioners within the fields of theatre, performance, visual arts and film.  

For more information, visit the Creative Art Central page.

Gosford Art Prize and Gosford Ceramics Prize

The Gosford Art Prize and Gosford Ceramic Prize is the annual prestigious art prize staged by the Gosford Regional Gallery. Held since the early 1970s, the Art Prize now regularly attracts around 550 entries and up to 40,000 visitors to the Gallery precinct. The Art Prize has lauded many incredible local artists. For more information, visit the Gosford Art Prize and Gosford Ceramics Prize page


Maliga, which means 'Shine' in Darkinjung language, has created a platform to share stories connected to place and identity through the visual, performance and literary arts.

Maliga is guided by local Indigenous elders and by an Indigenous resident artist-in-community program where site-specific cultural stories are translated into new contemporary works. 

Since 2015, Maliga has engaged over 250 First Nations young people and children 3-18 years of age across early childhood centre, primary and secondary schools. This has resulted in the delivery of place-based and culturally significant initiatives, including:

  • Performances and art exhibitions at The Art House in Wyong
  • Flag installations along the main streets of Wyong, Tuggerah, Umina, Toukley, The Entrance Bridge and Long Jetty
  • Artworks transferred on NBN Nodes in residential areas
  • Inflatable installations in Tuggerah Lakes during Lakes Festival
  • Illustration paste-ups in Toukley Library

For more information on Maliga, contact Madalyn Trypas by emailing or calling 0436 923 702

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