Talents on show as HSC 2022 students take centre stage

The creative leaders of the class of 2022 had their moment in the sun yesterday as their achievements in the arts were recognised.

A young woman standing far right on stage with a seat behind her A young woman standing far right on stage with a seat behind her
Image: Caught in the act: Sophia Tsoltoudis from George’s River College Oatley Senior Campus performs at the Showcase launch yesterday.

The next generation of performers, inventors and creators have put their talents on display in a NSW-first ceremony to launch the 2023 HSC Showcase season.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said for the first time, all 458 students selected for special HSC showcases were celebrated at an Oscars-like awards ceremony.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for schools and the general public to witness the talents of young people and provide another platform for graduates to launch future careers in the field they are passionate about. It really felt like the Oscars of the HSC creative arts world,” Ms Mitchell said.

Minister for the Arts Ben Franklin said he was honoured to celebrate the success of students from the HSC Class of 2022.

“The work they have produced is simply outstanding. I know we will be seeing many of these talented young people excel in the future – whether that’s on stage, on the screen, or behind the curtain,” Mr Franklin said.

HSC Showcases are a selection of top major works from students across the creative and performing arts and technologies.

“I strongly encourage schools, teachers and members of the community to take a look at this year’s showcases as they move around the state or join in online,” Ms Mitchell said.

Sophia Tsoltoudis from George’s River College Oatley Senior Campus was selected for the OnSTAGE showcase with her drama piece, Tatty Hennessey’s A Hundred Words for Snow – a coming-of-age play about love, life, death and rebirth.

“I loved my Year 12 experience so much, going to school every day was fun. I only took subjects I felt really passionate about, so working on them never felt like a chore,” Ms Tsoltoudis said.

Patrick Ward from St Edward’s Christian Brothers College, Gosford saw his flute performance selected for Encore.

“I want to continue my passion for music and have recently started playing gigs while preparing to join the Australian Navy,” Mr Ward said.

For more information or to make a booking for the 2023 HSC Showcase season, visit: https://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/about/events/hsc-showcases-and-events

2023 HSC public exhibitions

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Art Gallery of NSW

2 February

7 May

Sydney Olympic Park

6 March

16 April

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

27 May

16 July

Bondi Pavillion Gallery

19 August

24 September

ARTEXPRESS (regional galleries)

Hazlehurst Arts Centre

11 February

10 April

Western Plains Cultural Centre

18 February

30 April

Mudgee Art Gallery

2 June

27 August

Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery

16 June

13 August

Glasshouse Regional Gallery

1 July

10 September


Seymour Centre

4 February

10 February (inclusive)


Seymour Centre

9 February

10 February (inclusive)


Sydney Opera House

27 February

27 February


Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

3 March

21 May


Gallery 76, Concord

5 March

24 March

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

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