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Blacktown Arts 2019 Program Preview | Create NSW

BLAK BOX | 9 January – 2 February 2019

Presented in partnership with Urban Theatre Projects and Sydney Festival

The voices of elders and future leaders from Blacktown’s Aboriginal community feature in ‘Four Winds’, a surround-sound ‘deep listening’ experience curated by Daniel Browning. In this 21st century campfire experience, a cross-generational dialogue bridges the past and the future giving audiences a deeper and broader understanding of contemporary Aboriginality.


2019 Creative Arts Fund | Applications open February 2019

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. The fund provides local artists with a unique opportunity for professional development, and allows developing artists to explore creative connections with communities and experiment with new art forms.


2019 Creative Residency Program | Applications open February 2019

Our residency program supports artistic development and emerging arts practices across all forms through funding and/or access to our studios.



kanalaritja: An Unbroken String | 22 February – 20 April 2019

A Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery touring exhibition

Karoline Traill, Denise Jones, Betty Grace, Audrey Frost, Yvonne Kopper, Roseanne Mansell-Viney, Rachell Quillerat, Vanessa Skillton, Vicki-Laine Green, June Brown, Nanette Shaw, Liz Tew, Leonie Dickson, Verna Nichols, Tanya Harper, Eve Plank, Tahana Rimmer, Ashlee Murray, Patsy Cameron, Bronwyn McAnally, Corrie Fullard, Dulcie Greeno, Jeanette James, Lola Greeno

kanalaritja celebrates the generations of makers who have sustained the uniquely Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practice of making rare and delicate shell necklaces.


Music Matters | From March 2019

Troy Russell, George Tillianakis, Nardean G and more

Music Matters will invite a series of local guest curators to share the music movements that inspire them from sound art to hip hop, spoken word poetry to classical Indigenous music.


Solid Ground

In partnership with Carriageworks

Solid Ground is a multi-year initiative that provides pathways into the arts and cultural industries for young Indigenous people in Blacktown, Redfern, and Waterloo. Solid Ground identifies young Indigenous students at risk of leaving secondary education – and those who have already left – and connects them with the arts industry through individually devised education programs and on-the-job training within the arts sector. Together we provide a strong network of support and mentorship to create meaningful change in students’ lives – now and for the future.


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

Alex Kolozsy

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


Re-imagining Garage Graphix | 1 July – 30 August and 2 – 23 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.


Magnify | August – September 2019

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

Magnify will reach 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. The project will culminate in an exhibition in 2019.


RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. | November 2019

Presented in partnership with Urban Theatre Projects

We challenge you to experience our city in a brand new way through the second iteration of RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. A ticket to RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. invites audiences to embark on a journey of works presented in restaurants, arcades and public spaces in Blacktown with a shared dinner along the way. If you liked Home Country, you will love RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW.


2019 Blacktown City Art Prize | 30 November 2019 – 25 January 2020

Going into 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.