Programs

Artists in Community Program

Artists in Community Program involves artists collaborating with community members to create temporary or permanent artworks for specific places. program facilitates a meaningful exchange of ideas between artists and residents and their personal connections to place. program is diverse in its approach, with some projects involving a professional mentorship or commissioning a work.

Many of the created works are now features at various community facilities.

Creative Art Central

Creative Art Central is an annual Council-led program open to local professional artists and producers across all artforms, offering up to $15,000 per project for five successful applicants.

Creative Art Central is supported by the Central Coast’s leading arts organisations and venues including Gosford Regional Gallery, Laycock Street Community Theatre, Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, NAISDA and The Art House Wyong.

Since its inception in 2011, Creative Art Central has funded new creative initiatives across diverse art forms, providing employment for more than 275 artists and attracting audiences of over 24,000 people.

Expressions of interest (EOIs) for 2020-21 submissions are have now closed. Information about the next round will be announced 2021.

For further information please contact Liesl Harvey, Cultural Development Worker via Liesl.Harvey@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au or 0436 930 119.

Exposure Photographic Program

Exposure is the Central Coast’s annual photographic program. It is designed to bring the joy of photography to a broad range of people (children, high school students, young adults and creatives). The program is held in June/July each year and offers a series of free workshops, creative residences and public exhibitions. Exposure also aims to reinvest in local industry. Alumni are invited to tender for other photographic projects.

Exposure residencies engage professional photographers to work with the community to create a body of works. A selection of the best images is then showcased to the public in various locations in the Central Coast. This helps to build the profile of photography as an artform and also a way to connect. In 2020, the program will feature the Container Hub at Terrigal Haven which will be activated with photos, images & stories created by locals from the Central Coast from June 10 until June 27.

The 2020 Exposure program will be available in April to download. For enquiries, please contact Charlotte Hilder, Cultural Development Worker, on M: 0429 534 928 Charlotte.Hilder@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

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 1970’s, 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.

Entries for the 2018 Prize opens in August.

Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses Art Exhibition is an annual arts event that takes inspiration from the life and work of Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses, who became widely famous for her evocative paintings depicting American rural life, after taking up painting in her seventies. The competition has been running for more than three decades and celebrates the works of artists over 50 years of age who are residents of the Central Coast.

Entries for the 2018 competition closed on 24 August.

Make Your Mark - Sydney Craft Week

Central Coast residents are invited to explore the wonderful world of arts and crafts for Make Your Mark - a series of free online workshops by Central Coast Council as part of Sydney Craft Week.

Running from 9 to 18 October 2020, Make Your Mark includes a range of interactive online workshops where participants can learn new creative skills in the comfort of their own homes. 

Download the 2020 Make Your Mark Program to learn more about the workshops and book your spot or check out the Mark Your Mark events on our events page. 

Maliga

Maliga is the Central Coast’s arts and cultural showcase for young people 5-18 years of age. Now in its fifth year, 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 established Indigenous resident artist-in-community where new works are presented to the families and wider communities in a professional venue. Every artwork submitted is exhibited, providing a space for all voices and stories to be seen, heard and acknowledged.

Over the past five years Maliga has enabled over 200 young Indigenous people to be guided and mentored by community leaders and recognised artists to share and interpret cultural stories that lead to their personal and combined growth and development.

The Maliga exhibition is usually held annually in June.

Highly Commended – Primary School

Toukley Public School, ‘Connection’, Kindergarten and Year 1 students

Toukley Public School, ‘Our ABC’s and Numbers’, Kindergarten and Year 1 students

Highly Commended – Secondary School

Wadalba Community School, ‘Our Stories’, Wadalba Community School Students

Northlakes High School, ‘Spirit Turtle’, Kyle Waters

Primary School – Elders Choice Award

Kulnura Public School, ‘Family are Helpful’, Blayde Johnson

Gorokan Public School, ‘Our Land’, Jai Witton, Isacc Mount, Shaylee Baxter

Secondary School – Elders Choice Award

Northlakes High School, ‘Spirit Turtle’, Kyle Waters

Wadalba Community School, ‘Our Stories’, Wadalba Community School Students

Mayoral Award

St Brigid’s Catholic College, ‘Meeting at the Blood Tree’, Claudia McCartney

Youth in Performing Arts

Youth in Performing Arts is part of the annual program for Laycock Street Community Theatre at Gosford. The program provides an opportunity for Central Coast youth with outstanding talent to perform in a professional venue, promoting and fostering their development in the live performing arts.

For more information on the program, eligibility and dates, visit the Laycock Street Community Theatre.

Make Your Mark: Sydney Craft Week

Central Coast residents are invited to explore the wonderful world of arts and crafts for Make Your Mark - a series of free online workshops by Central Coast Council as part of Sydney Craft Week.

Running from 9 to 18 October 2020, Make Your Mark includes a range of interactive online workshops where participants can learn new creative skills in the comfort of their own homes. 

Download the 2020 Make Your Mark Program to learn more about the workshops and book your spot or check out the Mark Your Mark events on our events page. 

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Last updated : Wed 30 Sep 2020