Acknowledgement of Country


Bayadyinyang budyari Dharug yiyura Dharug Ngurra.
Bayady’u budyari Dharug Warunggadgu baranyiin barribugu.
Bayady’u budyari wagulgu yiyuragu Ngurra bimalgu Blacktown City. Flannel flowers dyurali bulbuwul.
Yanmannyang mudayi Dharug Ngurrawa. Walama ngyini budbud dali Dharug Ngurra Dharug yiyura baranyiin barribugu.


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land, the Dharug people, and their continued connection to Country.
We pay our respects to Elders from yesterday to tomorrow.
We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Blacktown City where the flannel flowers still grow proud and strong.
We will walk softly on this land and open our hearts to Country as the Dharug people have for tens of thousands of years.

2017 Blacktown City Art Prize | Call for Entries

Entries for the 2017 Blacktown City Art Prize are now open. Now in its 22nd 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.

The winner of the Blacktown City Art Prize will receive $15,000. Three supporting prizes will also be awarded:

  • Aboriginal Artist Prize ($2,000)
  • Local Artist Prize ($2,000)
  • People’s Choice Prize ($1,000).

“The Blacktown City Art Prize has been a key cultural event for over 20 years,” said Mayor of Blacktown City, Councillor Stephen Bali.

“It showcases the breadth of artistic talent coming from the Blacktown region and beyond, and demonstrates Council’s commitment to art and culture playing a major role in the life of our city.”

Jane Giblin from Lutana in Tasmania was awarded the main prize last year for her bold watercolour and mixed-media painting, Lilu Stands to Izzie.

“Being the first Tasmanian recipient of the Blacktown City Art Prize was most gratifying. Just to be a finalist was a great honour,” said Ms Giblin.

Blacktown artist Melissa Chapman’s Irrational Logic received a Highly Commended award, and the Local Artist Prize.

Melissa’s “compelling” 3D work demonstrated “artistic skill and flair”, said the judges.

This annual exhibition has built a reputation for showcasing the creativity of the region and elevating the profiles and careers of the finalists.

The Blacktown City Art Prize also celebrates the creativity of local young people through an environmentally-themed Children and Young Artists Prize.

This section is open to 5 – 15 year olds who live or go to school in the Blacktown Local Government Area.

Selected works will be exhibited at Blacktown Arts Centre from Saturday, 2 December 2017 – Saturday, 27 January 2018.

Entries for the 2017 Blacktown City Art Prize are now open.

Entries close at 5pm on Tuesday, 10 October 2017.

The fee is $26.00 per entry with a limit of two entries per artist. Photography, film, video and installation works will not be accepted.


Full terms and conditions

The 2017 Blacktown City Art Prize is proudly supported by Ford Land Company, Westlink M7, Blacktown Workers Club and Blacktown City Council’s Sustainable Living program.


  • Entries close | 5pm on Tuesday, 10 October 2017
  • Announcement of finalists | Monday, 30 October 2017
  • Official opening | 2 pm – 4 pm on Saturday, 2 December 2017
  • Exhibition dates | Saturday, 2 December 2017 – Saturday, 27 January 2018

Enter Now!

Applications close Tuesday, 10 October 2017.Image Credit
Olivia Ann White, Space Between Spaces: Eclipse (detail), 2016. Finalist in the 2016 Blacktown City Art Prize

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