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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What's On

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At Blacktown Arts we offer a range of engaging and creative workshops with artists for children, families and adults. 

 Open studio workshop 

Wednesday 26 February
Saturday 29 February

Wednesday 4, 11, 18, 25 March
Saturday 7, 14, 21, 28 March

Wednesday 1, 8 April
Saturday 4, 11 April

Time: 10 am – 1 pm, 2 pm – 4 pm

$5 per participant

Young artists club

The first and third Wednesday afternoon of each month after school 
Time: 3 – 5 pm
$5 per participant

En plein air workshop

The last Saturday afternoon of each month
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Starting Saturday 28 March
$5 per participant 

For the family workshop

The second Wednesday of each month
Time:  2 – 4 pm

Charcoal workshop with Kristone Capistrano

Saturday 14 March
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
$5 per participant

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Terra inFirma

Thursday 5 March - Saturday 23 May
10 am - 5 pm

Featuring works by: 

Kristone Capistrano, Jumaadi, Shivanjani Lal, Venessa Possum, Teivao Pupu, Tamariki, Judy Watson, Fozia Zahid

Blacktown Arts has announced the launch of Terra inFirma, an exhibition and performance program exploring expansion, voyage and discovery running throughout 2020.

Presented during the 250th commemorative year of James Cook’s arrival in Botany Bay, Terra inFirma reveals knowledge about our region and wider cultural histories. Featuring works by some of our country’s most exciting artists, this year long program examines how the arrival of Cook has impacted on Dharug Peoples and communities from our Asia Pacific region, now living in Blacktown. Central to this program is the knowledge that this land was never ceded. Through personal journeys, intimate artworks and shared experiences, this program presents Cook’s arrival as an act of transgression, offering perspectives beyond the legacy of European expansionism.

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Tamil Drumming (Parai) Festival 2020

See and hear firsthand the ancient musical and celebratory traditions of the Tamil people during Blacktown Arts' Tamil Drumming (Parai) Festival 2020.

Taking place on 15 March, the 2020 cultural gathering will feature a range of exciting performances on the 2000-year-old Tamil Drum (Parai) accompanied by beautiful, colourful folk dancing.

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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 are now open.

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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 open.

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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.

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Image: Pepa Molina. Photograph by Joshua Morris.