Art @ Work festival pushes the boundaries – Central Coast News


Art @ Work, an upcoming art festival that celebrates all that’s creative on the East Coast, December 3-5.

The festival will take place daily at the OpenShutters factory on Hereford St, Berkeley Vale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Art @ Work founder Marion Mikkelsen said the event was a celebration of creativity.

“This year we have about 36 painters, printers, potters, glassmakers and woodworkers who come to show their work and give demonstrations to the community.

“We have worked with our artists throughout the year and are delighted to be able to provide them with the opportunity to meet the community.

“The Art @ Work event pushes the boundaries of traditional art exhibitions.

“Artists, community and businesses come together in a working factory not only to show and sell their work, but also to share their secrets through interactions, demonstrations and discussions,” Mikkelsen said.

2021 marks the festival’s fifth year and Mikkelsen said the community is in awe of the event every year.

“They walk into this working factory with all these wonderful works of art and performances by various artists.

“On Saturday and Sunday we will have our interactive painting where the artists will encourage the community to get creative and get involved.

“The artists will also do demonstrations of painting, pottery and printmaking,” Mikkelsen said.

Central Coast Council and other local businesses such as Mariners Medical Center, Aubrey Brown Lawyers, Wyong Leagues Club Group, Stone Real Estate and Fox Group will support the event, help organize and promote the event, as well as sponsor artist awards such as the People’s Choice and Artist’s Challenge awards.

They also sponsor performances and the Lucky Door Award.

“We’re giving the artists a challenge, last year it was COVID, and the performers all walk into a room, and the winner got a cash prize.

“This year the theme is the novelty they challenged themselves with during COVID, people did puzzles or rode bikes for the first time and let their hair grow crazy,” Mikkelsen said.

Mikkelsen also said she is looking for new companies to sponsor the event.

Anyone interested in supporting Art @ Work can contact Mikkelsen at

Harry mulholland


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