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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Blacktown Arts continues to carefully monitor the COVID-19 situation to ensure it provides a safe and welcoming environment for all.

Following recent advice issued by the Australian Government, we have decided to temporarily close The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre to visitors from 20 March 2020 until further notice.

 Please click here to view our digital 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