Next Gen 2021 showcases the work of students from government, Catholic and Independent schools 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 over 20 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 the art world for current students, and gives Gallery visitors insights into the world of young people today.

In times of crisis, art can play a crucial role in helping people cope with an unfamiliar world. While 2020 has been a very difficult one for students, they have continued to work and create, and this Next Gen exhibition will include work that challenges the standard of previous years.


20 February–16 May 2021
Open 10 am–5 pm daily

Next Gen 2021 applications


Next Gen 2021 is open to students who are completing Unit 4 studies in Art, Studio Art, Visual Communication and Design, Media and Product Design Technology as part of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and students who have created design or art projects as part of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).

To apply, students are need to fill out the online application form by 11.55pm on 13 November 2020. Selection is based on artistic merit and each student’s application to their studies throughout VCE or VCAL. Selection will be made by a panel consisting of the Galley Director, Education team and Curator. Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 27 November 2020.


  • Closing date for registration entries: 11.55pm, Friday 13 November 2020
  • Notification of successful applications: Friday 27 November 2020
  • Works delivered to the Art Gallery of Ballarat if selected for exhibition: Monday 13 and 14 December 2020 between 10 am–5 pm
  • Opening and Awards night: Friday 19 February 2021
  • Exhibition closes: Sunday 16 May 2021
  • Dispatch and collection: Monday 17 May, 9am- 12 pm or Tuesday 18 May, 12pm-5 pm

Exhibition supporters

This project is supported by the Strategic Partnerships Program of the Victorian Government’s Department of Education and Training.

Publication sponsor

Next Gen legends


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