Pop-up shop for local Makers and Creators

Some of the exhibitors at Long Jetty Photo: @isaactsengmedia

A selection of works from local Makers and Creators will be featured during April as part of the inaugural Blank Canvas Central Coast, to be held at Long Jetty.

Central Coast Council Director Corporate Affairs, Natalia Cowley, said Blank Canvas was an exciting opportunity for local creators to take over a prime retail location.

“This fantastic initiative is about providing a platform for local talent to showcase their bespoke work and reach new customers,” she said.

“We have an impressive and growing creative community on the Coast but many of our makers and creators don’t have their own shopfront and Blank Canvas provides that opportunity.”

This project is fully funded through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants Program, an Australian Government bushfire recovery initiative.

Council Administrator, Dick Persson, said featuring the work of talented locals would enhance the vibrancy of two major Central Coast town centres, Long Jetty and Ettalong.

“The Blank Canvas pop-up shops are yet another reason for locals and visitors to head out to Long Jetty or Ettalong,” he said.

“This initiative is a win-win for the Coast, as not only are we creating employment pathways for local creators, but we’re also helping to stimulate the local economy by driving visitation to two of our major business hubs.”

A diverse selection of makers and creators will be featured during April including indigenous artists Garry Purchase and Kylie Cassidy, surfwear designer, Bird + Hill, Central Coast Drones and fashion designer, Carlie Ballard.

Media release, Mar 22
Central Coast Council