Blacktown Arts

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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2019 Blacktown City Art Prize

30 November 2019 – 25 January 2020

Now in its 24th 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. See all 112 artworks selected in the 2019 Blacktown City Art Prize, and celebrate the creativity of local young people through the environmentally-themed Young Artists Prize.


Image: Nardean. Photograph by Joshua Morris. 



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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 2020 Creative Arts Fund will open in February.

Creative Residency Program

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

Applications for the 2020 Creative Residency Program will open in February.

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.

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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 2020 Blacktown City Art Prize will open in July 2020.

Blacktown City Art Prize | Young Artists Prize

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

Entry forms for the 2020 Young Artists Prize will be available in July 2020.

Image: Kristone Capistrano, a 2018 Creative Arts Fund recipient. Photograph by Joshua Morris.


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

2019 Program


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Image: Pepa Molina. Photograph by Joshua Morris.