Blacktown Arts

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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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The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre 

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre is open, and we would love to welcome you in. We have made some changes to our regular operating hours, so please take note of these before you visit. 

From 5 September 2020, we will open on Saturdays again, and resume our regular weekday hours of 10 am to 5 pm. 

Opening hours from 1 September 2020 
Monday | Closed 
Tuesday | 10 am – 5 pm 
Wednesday | 10 am – 5 pm 
Thursday | 10 am – 5 pm 
Friday | 10 am – 5 pm 
Saturday | 10 am – 5 pm 
Sunday | Closed 

Entry is free

Click here to plan your visit

COVID-19 safety measures 

To keep our visitors and staff safe, we are following NSW Health guidelines. We are legally obligated to collect information that would assist in COVID-19 tracing. Therefore, we kindly ask that when you come to our Centre, you register your visit at the front desk by providing your name, phone number and/or email address. 
You can also register your visit in advance by booking a free general admission ticket here. Please click here to read our COVID-19 FAQs for more information on how to plan your visit.



 Please click here to view our program.




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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 are now open. Click here to learn more.

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 soon. Click here to learn more.

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 are now closed.

Blacktown Arts 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 Blacktown Arts Residency Program are now closed.

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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Image: Mary Thi Nguyen, a 2019 Blacktown Arts Residency Program recipient. Photograph by Joshua Morris.


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Image: Blacktown Native Institution, 2017. Photograph by Anna Kucera.

2020 Program


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Image: Blacktown City Art Prize 2019 by Jennifer Leahy