Neighbourhood arts trail hits Ettalong

The ‘Changing Faces’ initiative at Velia’s Gallery

Ettalong will come to life this month showcasing original art produced by local artists.

The “Neighbourhoods Art Trail” incorporates four creative initiatives – Changing Faces, Aquaculture, Coasting, and Here and Now – and gives locals a chance to appreciate original artworks on exhibition in local businesses throughout the month.

Central Coast Council Acting Director Community and Recreation Services, Glenn Cannard, said the trail will see the work of emerging and established local artists featured at local venues.

“Ettalong is a perfect location for locals and visitors to enjoy the artistic expression growing throughout the area,” Cannard said.

“The series of works have been commissioned from local artists who showcase a creative response to the recent global pandemic and are all about connection and belonging despite the then-disconnected world.

“Shared experiences are where connections are found and built; and we’re hoping to achieve this by linking our creative community to town centres so people can experience some local arts, come together and connect with one another.”

The “Changing Faces” initiative at Velia’s Gallery celebrates people who have contributed to the evolution of the community over the years.

“Aquaculture” at the Bay Gallery is a community-based art project where local artists have interpreted the unique and delicate landscape and our relationship to it by creating sculptural works made from objects found in the waterways and along the coastline.

A local emerging artist has created a mural that will be displayed at The Box on the Water cafe, depicting the unique landscape and connection to the area through his contemporary style.

The hidden beauty of Ettalong has been captured in the photographic exhibition “Here and Now”, on display in the foyer at Ettalong Diggers.

Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said the “Neighbourhoods Art Trail x Ettalong” was an opportunity to experience art, explore Ettalong and reflect on shared experience through a unique time.

“This community-led initiative connects our creative community to local businesses and provides new spaces for their work to be showcased and explored,” Hart said.

“Locals and visitors will see art combined with the wonderful food and retail experiences Ettalong has to offer, and have yet another reason to head to the seaside town.”

“Neighbourhoods Art Trail x Ettalong” is on exhibition until May 2.

See the full program at

Media release, Apr 7
Central Coast Council