Placing art at the centre of our community

Most artists are solitary creatures, often hidden away in their studios exploring their creative urges. The traditional gallery system, seen as aloof and expensive, does not encourage them to share their output with a broad audience. So it’s not surprising many people feel “art” is the preserve of a select few.

Founded in 2017 as a not-for-profit annual event, Art At Work aims to bring artists and locals together to share their creative sides. The Central Coast is lucky to be home to so many artists and performers, as well as a destination for others to come  to for inspiration. Our events offer a chance for everyone to see their work and how they work.

Art At Work continues to expand the ways to showcase local artists’ creativity and help share their stories and skills with neighbours. We hope to inspire a broad based embrace of creativity in this place we all call our home.

 

Annual Central Coast festival of art
Even kids can plearn to paint
Local artists exhibit their paintings

Our History

In 2017, Central Coast artists had few ways to affordably showcase their work. 

2017

2017 saw the birth of Art At Work. A group of friends set up a weekend exhibition of their work in the Open Shutters woodworking factory at Berkeley Vale. This was a wonderful venue: an affordable, large space with a high roof and excellent light. The artists and visitors had fun with some simple interactive activities – Giant Jenga.

2018

The exhibition expanded to include 20 artists. Most were from the Central Coast but some came from Orange and one even came from New Zealand. Works included paintings, wood and wire pieces, a book launch and interactive projects. Art At Work became a not-for-profit incorporated entity.

2019

Numbers grew to 34 exhibiting artists. The creative arts offering also expanded to include a Community Choir and a poet. VW Central Coast provide a Speed Painter as part of the experience for the public. Extra volunteers were recruited to manage the artists and to curate the exhibition. An Artist Challenge was introduced. Works were created from materials sourced from Open Shutters waste or was inspired by the Open Shutters venue. Grant Malony created an atwork – A giant kangaroo – on site and talked to people about his love of painting. Sponsors included Foxgroup, Wyong Leagues Club, Aubrey Brown Lawyers, Open Shutters. Central Coast Council supported this event.

2020

Despite Covid lockdowns the exhibition expanded to 50 artists. Exhibited works included paintings, print making, photography, ceramics, book launch, live music and drama. The Artist Challenge was related to the experiences of Covid and was this year an award was sponsored by Fox group. A gallery shop was introduced. A FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY was born. Sponsors included Foxgroup, Mariner Medical Centre, Wyong Leagues Club, Aubrey Brown Lawyers, Open Shutters. Supported by Central Coast Council.

2021

Like most of the country, the event was significantly challenged by Covid restrictions. Despite the difficulties, 36 artists exhibited their work and the Gallery Shop was included again. Having been mostly locked at home for up to a year, Artists brought their studios into the exhibition space. Ceramic artists Alan and Alice Mendoza demonstrated the art of turning clay on a pottery wheel into a functional product. Trena Lowe set up her print making process and shared her knowledge and skill. Other artists invited people to participate in textile art, felt making and painting. Sponsors included Foxgroup, Stone Real Estate, Mariner Medical Centre, Wyong Leagues Club, Aubrey Brown Lawyers and Open Shutters. Supported by Central Coast Council.

2022

Art At Work continues to expand. An alliance with Red Tree Theatre enables the development of a fortnight festival of creativity at Tuggerah.

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The number of Central Coast artists and performers we've showcased
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Artworks exhibited
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From an initial 2 day exhibition in 2017 to a festival of creativity over 17 days in 2022
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Volunteers who've contributed time and expertise

Any Queries?

Send us an email at artatwork19@gmail.com

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