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HSC Showcases and Exhibitions

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ARTEXPRESS is an annual exhibition of exemplary artworks created by students for the Higher School Certificate examination in Visual Arts. The works represent a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media including painting, photomedia, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, documented forms, textiles and fibre, ceramics, time-based forms and collections of works.

ARTEXPRESS represents the high standards and diversity achieved by Year 12 Visual Arts students in New South Wales schools.

ARTEXPRESS (NSW Department of Education)



ARTEXPRESS gallery guides

ARTEXPRESS gallery guides


2015 Exhibition dates

Regional exhibitions

Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery
20 November – 12 December 2015

2016 Exhibition dates

Metropolitan exhibitions

Margaret Whitlam Galleries, University of Western Sydney
5 February – 6 May 2016

Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre
13 February – 3 April 2016

The Armory, Sydney Olympic Park
29 February – 24 April 2016

Art Gallery of NSW
16 March – 15 May 2016

McGlade Art Gallery, Australian Catholic University
29 July – 29 August 2016

Regional exhibitions

Wollongong Regional Art Gallery
22 April – 19 June 2016

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery
15 July – 11 September 2016

Maitland Regional Art Gallery
10 September – 30 October 2016

Glasshouse Port Macquarie
9 September – 30 October 2016

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
16 September – 6 November 2016


Download ARTEXPRESS Gallery guides.

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Callback is the showcase of exemplary performances and compositions by HSC students of Dance. Performances of Callback have provided valuable demonstrations of HSC standards to students and teachers of Dance since 1993. This is a great opportunity for students who are currently studying HSC Dance as well as for students who are contemplating undertaking this as a course of study. At the conclusion of each matinee performance there is a Q&A with the performers and HSC markers.

Callback will be held in the Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre, in February 2016. As well as the performances, HSC student workshops will be held each day.

Performance and workshop dates

11 February – 12 February 2016

Priority school bookings now open

General (non-booking) enquiries: (02) 8512 1178

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A new look Technology exhibition will be launched in 2016. The expanded exhibition will feature a selection of exemplary Major Projects from Higher School Certificate Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design students from the 2015 Higher School Certificates examinations.

Shape 2015 opens at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Powerhouse Museum on 26 February 2016 and closes on 8 May 2016.

Textyle and InTech will still be held in 2016

Design and Technology seminars

In 2016 the seminar program will focus on the Design and Technology Preliminary and HSC courses. Students will learn from professional designers, undertake a digital design workshop, examine the marking guidelines for Design and Technology (Year 12), learn more about sustainability in the design process (Year 11),  as well as having the opportunity to view the exhibition.

  • Year 12 Monday 29 February – Friday 4 March 2016
  • Year 11 Thursday 17 – Friday 18 March, Monday 21 – Wednesday 23 March 2016.

Cost (includes GST)

$33.00 * (including museum entry and student booklet)

one teacher admitted free for every 20 students

Download, save and complete the booking form, then save and email it as an attachment to exhibitions@bostes.nsw.edu.au with Design and Technology seminar booking in the subject line.

Having problems with PDF files booking form also available in Word format.

Please only use this form on the day it is downloaded as seminar availability changes.

Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. A tax invoice will be emailed to schools as confirmation of the booking. Please ensure the invoice is passed to your accounts department for processing.

General enquiries: (02) 9367 8309

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ENCORE is a program of outstanding performances and compositions by students from the Higher School Certificate Music examinations. It is held annually at the Sydney Opera House.

2014 HSC Encore Program

Performance date and time

Monday 22 February 2016
Matinee 1.30 pm
Evening 7.00 pm

Ticket prices (includes GST)

Adults* $44.00
Students $35.00
* One teacher admitted free for every 20 students

Priority booking for school groups opens Monday, 16 November 2015.

School group booking form
Tickets on sale from the Sydney Opera House Box Office from Friday 27 November 2015.

Sydney Opera House Box Office phone: (02) 9250 7777
Website: Sydney Opera House

Booking fees will apply

General (non-booking) enquiries: (02) 9367 8309

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2014 HSC Encore Program

2014 HSC Encore Program


InTech is an exhibition of outstanding Major Projects from Higher School Certificate Industrial Technology students.

The exhibition covers all Industrial Technology focus areas – Timber Products and Furniture, Automotive, Electronics, Graphics, Metal and Engineering, and Multimedia. The exhibition includes students’ folios that document the design, management, communication and production of their projects.

2016 Exhibition dates

Sydney Timber and Working with Wood Show, Sydney Showground, Homebush
Friday 24 June to Sunday 26 June 2016
10.00 am to 4.00 pm daily

More information is available on the Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education website.

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OnSTAGE is a presentation and exhibition of group and individual performances and projects by Higher School Certificate Drama students. The OnSTAGE season at the Seymour Centre is presented by the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards NSW and the NSW Department of Education.

OnSTAGE performances

The season of exemplary Drama performances from the 2015 Higher School Certificate will preview on Saturday, 6 February and run from Monday, 8 February to Friday, 12 February 2016 at 1.30 pm and 7.30 pm in the York Theatre, Seymour Centre.


Writers OnSTAGE/OnSCREEN features rehearsed readings by professional actors and directors of two scripts from individual projects of the HSC Drama examination, plus the screening of three exemplary videos. The readings and screenings will take place in the Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre from Wednesday, 10 February to Friday, 12 February 2016 at 10.30 am.

OnSTAGE and Writers OnSTAGE/OnSCREEN may include contemporary political and social issues and some language that may offend. It is advisable to take this into consideration when deciding the age group of students invited to attend.

OnSTAGE exhibition

Exemplary individual projects by HSC Drama students will be on exhibition in the foyer of the Seymour Centre from Saturday, 6 February to Friday, 12 February 2016. Projects will include costume and set design, promotion and program, and theatre review.

Performance dates
6 February – 12 February 2016

Ticket prices (includes GST)
Performance Students Adults *
Preview OnSTAGE (Saturday 6 February 2016) $31.00 $35.00
OnSTAGE $35.00 $44.00
Writers OnSTAGE/OnSCREEN $26.00 $35.00
OnSTAGE + Writers OnSTAGE/OnSCREEN Package $57.00 $75.00
OnSTAGE Program 1 + Program 2 Package $64.00 $85.00
OnSTAGE Program 1 + Program 2 + Writers Package $87.00 $114.00

* 1 teacher admitted free for every 20 students booked

Download booking form for schools and post or fax completed form to the Seymour Centre. The Box Office will begin processing priority school bookings on
Monday, 16 November 2015.

Please allow a minimum of 48 hours before contacting the box office to enquire about the progress of your request.

General public tickets on sale at the Seymour Centre Box Office from Friday, 27 November 2015.

Drama workshops

Drama workshops focusing on the Individual Project component of the HSC Drama course will be presented during the 2016 OnSTAGE season by BOSTES in association with The Arts Unit, Department of Education.

Led by experienced HSC Drama teachers, students will gain insight into:

  • criteria for successful Individual Projects within their chosen area
  • how to develop a concept for the Individual Project
  • how undertake effective research to inform the development of the Individual Project
  • how to analyse, synthesise, evaluate effectively
  • practical solutions and advice for the execution of the project.

The two-hour workshops will be held at The Arts Unit, Corner of The Boulevarde and Toothill Street, Lewisham.

Workshop dates:
Monday 8 February – Wednesday 10 February 2016

9.30 am – 11.30 am
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Cost: $25.00 per student (includes GST)

OnSTAGE workshop bookings can be made from 23 November 2015.

Schools are advised to wait until their OnSTAGE tickets are confirmed before booking a workshop.

General (non-booking) enquiries: (02) 9367 8309



Texstyle is an exhibition of Higher School Certificate Textiles and Design major projects.

2016 Exhibition dates

The Stitches and Craft Show, Rosehill Gardens
Thursday 3 March – Sunday 6 March
10.00 am – 4.30 pm daily

For more information go to www.teansw.com.au or email tea@teansw.com.au.


Young Writers Showcase

Young Writers Showcase is an anthology of some of the extraordinary Major Works in print, sound and visual media submitted for the HSC English Extension 2 course.

The anthology is launched at the State Library of NSW as part of wordeXpress.

Copies of the Young Writers Showcase are available through the Board of Studies online shop.


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