Older community’s talent shines

Central Coast Council has announced the winners of the 2023 Grandma Moses Art Competition, with Giuliano Balos of Killcare taking out the top prize of $1,000 for his acrylic artwork titled ‘The House on the Hill’.

Giuliano Balos of Killcare - winner of the open section.

13 September 2023


THE 2023 Grandma Moses Art Competition category winners are:


Open Section – Giuliano Balos of Killcare for ‘The House on the Hill’.


Watercolour Section – Louise Kenny of Narara for ‘Rainbow Road’.


Novice Section – Josephine Kan of Gosford for ‘We are One’.


50+ Centre Art Group Member Section – Helen Carson of Terrigal for ‘Place du Tertre Montmartre, Paris, France’.


Central Coast Inspired Section – Beth Miller of Kincumber for ‘Beautiful Central Coast’.


The Grandma Moses Art Competition and Exhibition was open to local amateur artists over the age of 50, with the 2023 entrant’s artwork on exhibition at Gosford’s 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre 12 to 15 September.


The program is inspired by the life and work of Anna Mary Robertson, better known as Grandma Moses, who became widely famous for taking up painting in her late seventies, proving that age is no barrier to expand or learn new skills.


Council Administrator, Rik Hart, congratulated the winners in this year’s program and was impressed with the outstanding artistic talent this year.


“Council’s Grandma Moses program is more than just a popular art competition and exhibition – it is a celebration of the talents and contributions older residents make to the cultural fabric of our community and highlights continual learning and achievement for people of all ages,” Mr Hart said.


“This program is one way that Council delivers on our Positive Ageing Strategy, which aims to create an age-friendly community on the Central Coast which values, supports, and empowers older people to live active and fulfilling lives.


“Council will continue to create opportunities across the year for older Central Coast residents to connect, remain active and participate in community life.”


For more information on the services, activities, events and programs available to older residents of the Central Coast, search 'seniors' at

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