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 will be reopening from 16 June 2020, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm Tuesday - Friday. The decision to reopen has been carefully planned by Blacktown City Council's Safety and Blacktown Arts Centre management teams. It is our duty of care and highest priority to protect our community and staff.

Reopening our Arts Centre will not mean going back to the way things were pre-COVID-19; it will mean putting in place the 'new normal' approach to our services.

This approach includes:

  • physical distancing measures
  • restrictions on people within the gallery
  • safe handling of physical materials
  • sanitising objects and surfaces.

We will also have restrictions for opening days and programs, with a staggered approach to reopening and a gradual resumption of public programs over a 3-month period.


Reopening and a gradual resumption of public programs

  • 16 June – The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre reopens to the public 10.00 am - 5.00 pm Tuesday - Friday with limited programs and ongoing digital presence
  • 1 August – the Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre open to the public Tuesday-to-Saturday and resumes more public programs
  • 1 September – The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre resumes full public program of activities in line with Government and Public Health Guidelines.


As with many public venues at present, Blacktown Arts Centre is legally obligated by NSW Health 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.


We are very excited to welcome our community back to The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre, and look forward to connecting with you all again. If you have any queries or concerns our staff are available over the phone on 9839 6558 to answer any questions and offer our support.


 Please click here to view our program.




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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 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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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: 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