Hunter Schools Art Collection

Region: Regional North | Newcastle/Lake Macquarie/Maitland/Port Stephens
Kindergarten to Year 12
Local arts program Visual arts
Tags: Media arts

A collection of student artworks from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Port Stephens for exhibition at selected Department of Education local arts events in the Hunter.

Artworks will be selected for the collection in Term 1 of each year and then exhibited at selected local arts events throughout the year. Events where student artworks will be exhibited may include the Hunter Dance Festival, Hunter Drama Festival, Choralfest, Bandfest, Star Struck and the Hunter Ensembles Showcase.

The Hunter Schools Art Collection is a new initiative to celebrate and showcase artworks from public school students in Kindergarten to Year 12 across the Hunter.

Students and schools will be notified when each student artwork is being exhibited and be invited to attend. 


Nominations for student artworks to be exhibited at the 2024 Hunter Ensembles Showcase are now open.

Schools may nominate up to 5 student artworks to be selected for exhibition as part of the 2024 collection for exhibition at various events throughout the year.

We look forward to showcasing artworks from public school students across the Hunter in this fantastic opportunity.

Artwork guidelines

All works submitted for nomination in the Hunter Schools Art Collection are required to meet the following requirements:

  • Artworks nominated may be 2D, 3D or 4D forms, including; painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, digital media, ceramics, sculpture, textiles, video or digital animation.
  • Artworks may be horizontal (landscape) or vertical (portrait).
  • Artworks will be framed and labelled prior to being exhibited. 
  • Student artists must be enrolled at a public school in New South Wales in any class from Kindergarten to Year 12 in the year of entry, and the artwork must solely be the work of the student.
  • The nomination forms need to be accompanied by a colour photo (digital) of the nominated artwork. Photos of all the pieces of a Body of Work only need to be sent. 
  • A selection panel will view the photos of the nominated artworks for inclusion in the exhibition. 
  • Successfully nominated artworks will be organised to be collected in negotiation with the teacher.


Heather Ross
Arts Coordination Officer
0448 556 818