Blacktown Arts

Photograph of the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre. Photograph by Jennifer Leahy
Blacktown Arts is a recognised leader in the development of contemporary arts in Australia. We support artistic innovation and offer exciting, new experiences through an award-winning curated program of exhibitions, performances, workshops, residencies and events.
Blacktown Arts is committed to exploring dynamic, culturally diverse work that reflects Blacktown, its history and its communities. We place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and communities at the heart of our program to develop new work drawing on issues of local and global significance.
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre is an innovative multi-arts hub located in the heart of Blacktown, a short walk from the railway station.
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2018 Program

Photograph of Jason Wing. Photograph by Joshua Morris.

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Image: Jason Wing. Photograph by Joshua Morris.

What's On



Daneha (Seeds)
5 July - 8 September 2018
Khadim Ali, Sher Ali, Elyas Alavi, Zainab Haidary, Monireh Hashemi, Abdul Hekmat and Maryam Zahid

Daneha explores the displacement of the Afghan community across the globe, and the cultivation of roots in foreign, unfamiliar soil.

Sitaraha | The Stars
6, 8 & 9 September 2018
Written and performed by Monirah Hashemi. Directed by Leif Persson.

Sitaraha is a moving one woman play that intertwines the true stories of 3 generations of women living in Afghanistan. Navigating war and religious oppression, the women use song, dance and storytelling to keep their stories alive.

Stitching the Sea
22 September - 27 October 2018
Part of Oceania Rising, in partnership with the Australian Museum and Pacific Islands Mt Druitt Action Network.

Stitching the Sea ongoing program that explores issues affecting our Pacific communities. In 2018, as part of a multi-institution partnership, we will showcase the rich body of work of artists including Latai Taumoepeau and Angela Tiatia. Our communities will gather to explore traditional and contemporary practices, and experience how artists make works that address global warming.

Right Here. Right Now.
November 2018
Presented by Urban Theatre Projects

Urban Theatre Projects is in residence in Blacktown! In 2018, they will kick off a multi-year place-based festival with newly commissioned works that respond to Blacktown and our communities.

2018 Blacktown City Art Prize
1 December 2018 – 25 January 2019

Now in its 23rd year, the Blacktown City Art Prize is a highly valued art prize, with cash prizes of $20,000 and acquisitive awards. Local, regional and national artists are invited to submit entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

Image: Broken Glass, January 2018. Photograph by Joshua Morris. 



Blacktown City Council Creative Arts Fund

The Creative Arts Fund is an initiative of Blacktown City Council, with $40,000 worth of grants awarded annually to local individual artists and organisations to encourage artistic excellence in Blacktown.

Applications for the 2018 Creative Arts Fund have closed. 

Creative Residency Program

The residency program supports artistic development and emerging arts practices across all forms through funding and/or access to our studios.

Solid Ground

Solid Ground is a three-year strategy established in partnership with Carriageworks that provides pathways into the arts and cultural industries for young Indigenous people in Blacktown, Redfern, and Waterloo. Read more.

Blacktown City Art Prize

The annual Blacktown City Art Prize is a highly valued art prize, with cash prizes and acquisitive awards.

Entries for the 2018 Blacktown City Art Prize will open in July 2018. Read more.

Blacktown City Art Prize | Young Artists Prize

The Blacktown City Art Prize celebrates the creativity of local young people through an environmentally-themed Children and Young Artists Prize.

Entry forms for the 2018 Young Artists Prize will be available in July 2018. Read more.

Image: Sarah Dahia, a 2017 and 2018 studio resident. Photograph by Joshua Morris.


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Image: Vonne Patiag, recipient of a 2017 Creative Arts Fun Grant. Photograph by Joshua Morris.