The emerging talent of creative arts students studying at the Central Coast campus will be on display this weekend with a new performance of their works.
The Creative Arts Showcase features specially selected works, short performances and presentations including short films, multi-media performances, dance and digital art works. Program Coordinator Dr Jocelyn McKinnon said the creative arts program was unique to the Central Coast campus.
"The creative arts program is a rapidly expanding new discipline currently offered as a suite of subjects within the Bachelor of Arts degree at the Central Coast campus", Dr McKinnon said.
"An interdisciplinary program, it focuses on the creation of innovative, contemporary works using new media, visual arts and performance with students having access to a state-of-the-art studio and performance spaces."
The program provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to create original cutting-edge works through a range of mediums. These include film, digital art, sculpture, painting, photography, physical performance, acting and writing.
Dr McKinnon said the University established the creative arts program to provide an avenue for the professional development of artists living on the Central Coast.
"There is an enormous amount of young and emerging talent on the Central Coast, which is demonstrated by the number of drama groups, dance schools, artists, writers and musicians," she said.
"Until now they had very limited options to further develop professionally and many were leaving the region for Newcastle and Sydney."
"This is arguably the most innovative and exciting new development in creative arts ever seen and experienced on the Central Coast."
Media note: The Creative Arts Showcase opens tonight, Friday 7 November and continues tomorrow, Saturday 8 November, in the Drama Studio in the Fine Arts Building at the Central Coast campus, Ourimbah.
The event commences at 7.30pm with performances from 8pm. Please note this is an adult only event.
Images and interviews are available by contacting Dr Jocelyn McKinnon.