Showcasing our best young artists

Opening night of the exhibition

The artwork of some of the Coast’s best young artists will be on show at the Ourimbah campus of Newcastle University until April 5.

Presented in the campus library, Coast Gen Next Art provides young Central Coast artists with the chance to present their artwork within a gallery environment and showcase their work to a wider community audience.

Supported by The University of Newcastle Gallery, and art curator Gillean Shaw, Central Coast Council, Bouddi Foundation for the Arts Society, and Eckersley’s, the event is an exciting opportunity to celebrate the outstanding student artworks developed for the artmaking component of the HSC examination in visual arts, across several local high schools on the Central Coast.

In 2024 the program partnered with: Brisbane Water Secondary College – Woy Woy Campus; Central Coast Adventist School; Gosford High School; Henry Kendall High School; Kincumber High School; Lakes Grammar Anglican School; Northlakes High School; St Edward’s College; St Philip’s Christian College Gosford; Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College – The Entrance Campus; St Peter’s Catholic College; and Wyong Community Christian School.

Winners of the prizes for this year’s exhibition were announced at a recent gala opening.

Winner of the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts Award, valued at $1,000, was Rose Joseph of Gosford High School.

Winning The University of Newcastle Acquisitive Art Award, valued at $500, was Manarangi Mu of St Peter’s Catholic College.

The Curators Commendation Award went to Georgie Clune of Brisbane Water Secondary College – Woy Woy Campus.

And Highly Commended Awards (receiving Eckersley’s art packs) went to Sophia Cooper and Tayla Reynolds, both of Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College.