Next Gen 2020 showcases the work of students from government, Catholic and Independent schools mainly from Ballarat and its broader region, who have just completed VCE studies in Art, Studio Arts, Design and Technology, Visual Communication and Design and Media.

The Art Gallery of Ballarat has been exhibiting some of the best work produced by students from across western Victoria for twenty years. NEXT GEN continues to be an important part of the Gallery’s exhibition program and both provides industry training to its participants, acts as an inspiring introduction to VCE art for current students, and gives Gallery visitors insights into the world of young people today.


29 February–3 May 2020
Open 10 am–5 pm daily

Next Gen 2020 awards


Isabelle Tomic
Never ending story
Judges comments:
As the title suggests, this work – in its sublime and evocative beauty – can be viewed as symbolic of society today with our constant social media and 24/7 news feeds. ‘Never ending story’ loops and animates a static image, refreshing our starting point, suggesting endless innovative interpretations.


Kyah Chrisholm
Disconnected generation
Judges comments:
Using charcoal, an ancient and time honoured medium, ‘Disconnected Generation’ gives voice to a contemporary issue. The resolved and skilled use of the medium demonstrates a high level of excellence.


Jared Baum
Judges comments:
A powerful artwork creatively highlighting some of the key issues facing the world in the 21st century. ‘Captive’ presents a well resolved understanding of medium and context.

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