Here you can find links to resources that relate to both the ARTEXPRESS exhibition and more broadly Visual and Creative Arts education and Art Institutions in NSW.
HSC Visual Arts Syllabus related documents
Students and teachers should note that, with the introduction of the New HSC syllabuses, past HSC examination papers are not necessarily a guide to the HSC examinations for 2001 onwards.
The HSC examination in Visual Arts consists of a written examination, worth 50 marks, in Art Criticism and Art History, and the submission of a Body of Work, worth 50 marks, for Artmaking.
Board of Studies NSW website syllabus section
- Visual Arts Syllabus Introduction
- Acrobat PDF (4 pages - 68k)
- Visual Arts Syllabus
- Acrobat PDF (51 pages - 340k)
- MS Word 97 (51 pages - 272k)
- Visual Arts Consultation Report
- Acrobat PDF (37 pages - 234k)
- Visual Arts Support doc
- Acrobat PDF (73 pages - 409k)
- MS Word 97 (73 pages - 680k)
- Annotated bibliography
- Acrobat PDF (12 pages - 64k)
- MS Word 97 (12 pages - 60k)
- Draft Performance Bands
- Acrobat PDF (2 pages - 56k)
Past HSC Examination Paper and Notes from the Marking Centre
- HSC Practical Marking Guidelines
- Acrobat PDF (3 pages - 24k)
- Specimen HSC Examination Resources
- Acrobat PDF (30 pages - 440k)
- Examination Rubrics
- Acrobat PDF (1 page - 28k)
- HSC Performances and Submitted Works Advice to Schools Regarding Content
- Acrobat PDF (3 pages - 88KB)
- Higher School Certificate Examination papers
- To obtain older or more recent versions of HSC Notes from the Marking Centre and examination papers please visit
- Board published documents on Creative Arts
External links to NSW and Australian galleries and Visual Arts Resources
New South Wales Department of Education and Training Arts Unit
The Arts Unit is a specialist Unit within the New South Wales Department of Education and Training that provides a unique range of opportunities across all of the performing and visual arts, as well as public speaking and debating to the students and teachers in NSW government schools.
The Arts Unit provides opportunities for students to create and exhibit work in the visual arts through their involvement in ARTEXPRESS, Operation Art and the Nagoya Art Exchange.
Arts NSW is part of the NSW Department of the Arts, Sport and Recreation.
Arts NSW advises the NSW Minister for the Arts on all aspects of the arts and cultural activity.
Arts NSW manages an annual program of grants, fellowships, awards and lectures and provides policy advice to Government on the State's cultural institutions. The Minister appoints a range of Artform Assessment Committees who make recommendations on funding under the annual Cultural Grants program.
The Minister also appoints the 12 member NSW Arts Advisory Council to report and provide advice to the Minister on the arts and cultural sectors in New South Wales.
The Australia Council is the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. It directly supports young, emerging and established artists, as well as new and established organisations.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is the leading museum of art in New South Wales and Sydney, and one of Australia's foremost cultural institutions.
Biennale of Sydney
The Biennale of Sydney is held in Sydney's leading museums and galleries and is renowned for showcasing the freshest and most innovative contemporary art from Australia and around the world. A program of tours, talks, film screenings and special events are held across the city, and most events are free!
Museum of Contemporary Art - Sydney
The Museum of Contemporary Art is Australia’s only museum dedicated to exhibiting, interpreting and collecting contemporary art from across Australia and around the world.
Contemporary Arts Organisations of Australia - CAOS
CAOs is a national network of contemporary arts organisations which play a pivotal role in the development and support of contemporary art practice in Australia.
The Australian Network for Art and Technology
ANAT is Australia's peak network and advocacy body for media artists working in screen, sound, installation, performance, literary and networked arenas; creating opportunities for connection, collaboration, innovation, research and development both nationally and internationally.
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