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 Program


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Image: Pepa Molina. Photograph by Joshua Morris.

What's On

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2018 Blacktown City Art Prize & Young Artists Prize
1 December - 25 January 2019

See all 87 artworks selected in the 2018 Blacktown City Art Prize, and celebrate the creativity of local young people through the environmentally-themed Young Artists Prize.

Blak Box - Four Winds
9 January - 2 February 2019
Uncle Wes Marne, Aunty Edna Watson, Savarna Russell, Shaun Millwood, Emma Donovan and Eric Avery. Curated by Daniel Browning.

 The voices of elders and future leaders from Blacktown’s Aboriginal community feature in Four Winds, a surround-sound ‘deep listening’ experience.

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String
22 February - 29 April 2019

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String is an exhibition and series of workshops that celebrates the generations of makers who have sustained the uniquely Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practice of making rare and delicate shell necklaces.

Blood, Sweat and Tears: The Life and Art of Kolozsy – Sculptor
23 May – 27 June 2019
Alex Kolozsy

View the private collection of paintings, drawings, sculptures and personal memorabilia of long-time Blacktown resident Alex Kolozsy.

The Poster Centre
4 July – 31 September 2019
Wendy Murray with artists from the original Garage Graphix workshop in Mt Druitt

 We are establishing a new artist-led print workshop using elements of the original Garage Graphix archive from the 80s and 90s.

August – September 2019
Assefa Bekele, Robert Colman, Maryam Zahid, Naomi Hamer, Cali Prince, Ernest Aaron, Andrew Aaron, Vonne Pataig, Pepa Molina, Ian “Esky” Escandor, Rebecca Sang Yum, Ursula Yovich, Moogahlin Performing Arts

Reaching from The Ponds in the north to Dawson Mall in the west, this ambitious multi-arts program will activate unconventional sites across the Blacktown region with music, dance, film, performance, sculpture and multimedia installations. Local artists will collaborate with their communities to tell the stories of our region through 8 new works.

 Wingaru Byalla-Bada
21 September – 26 October 2019

 Wingaru Byalla-Bada is a long-term project that will protect and restore the highly endangered Dharug Buruberougal language by teaching it in an interactive, virtual environment

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.

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 2019 Creative Arts Fund will open in February.

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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 2019 Creative Residency Program will open in February.

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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 2019 Blacktown City Art Prize will open in July 2019.

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 2019 Young Artists Prize will be available in July 2019.

Read more

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.