Showcase season puts HSC creativity in the spotlight

A series of exhibitions and performances provide a platform for the public to see works by 2021 HSC students in visual and performing arts and design.

A photo of a face under water and then emerging out of the water A photo of a face under water and then emerging out of the water
Image: Work of art: Emergence by Annabella Luu, from Sefton High School, is now hanging at the NSW Art Gallery. as part of ARTEXPRESS 2022.

Talented young creators and innovators from across the State will be celebrated in one of eight HSC Showcases launching today, starting with ARTEXPRESS at the Art Gallery of NSW.

Each year, the HSC Showcases display a selection of top major works from students across visual arts, performing arts and technologies.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said showcases offered a unique opportunity for members of the public to enjoy the works of recent HSC graduates and provided a platform for young people to launch future careers in the field.

“Every year I look forward to these showcases. They are highly anticipated events that consistently celebrate the calibre of work, year after year. Seeing what students have produced in a challenging year really shows me that the future is bright for these young people, and our workforce and communities will be better for them,” Ms Mitchell said.

“I am always immensely proud of our Showcase candidates, but to see the interesting, innovative, and thought-provoking works they have created in the midst of a global pandemic and under strange and difficult circumstances is truly inspiring.”

This year's exhibitions reflect on what is important to young people as members of their community and personally, including the impacts of COVID, their strength and vulnerability, their heritage and the environment around them.

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Arts and Regional Youth, Ben Franklin encouraged schools, teachers and members of the community to get along and take a look at this year’s showcases and to celebrate these incredible students.

“I know for many students, particularly those producing major works across the Creative Arts and Technologies, COVID meant there were some changes to their preparations and assessment,” Mr Franklin said.

“I am delighted to see that despite these challenges, our resilient students could still show us what they could do – and be celebrated now in one of the HSC Showcases in Sydney and regional NSW.”

This year CALLBACK, ENCORE, OnSTAGE and SHAPE 2021 Seminars will be available for schools to watch online, from wherever they are in NSW.

ARTEXPRESS is now on at the Art Gallery of NSW, and at limited venues across the state throughout the year.

For more information or to make a booking, visit: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/about/events/hsc-showcases-and-events

Dates for InTech, Texstyle and Young Writers Showcase will be released on the NESA website later in the year.


2022 HSC public exhibitions

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ARTEXPRESS

Art Gallery of NSW

3 February 

24 April

Bank Art Museum, Moree 

14 April

25 June

Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Arts Centre at Murwillumbah

22 July

18 September

ONSTAGE

Seymour Centre 

14 February

18 February

CALLBACK

Seymour Centre

15 February

17 February

ENCORE

City Recital Hall

21 February

22 February

SHAPE

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

4 March 

14 August

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