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.

2022/23 Blacktown City Art Prize Exhibition and Finalists Announced

Blacktown Arts are thrilled to announce that the Blacktown City Art Prize exhibition will open the 2023 summer program at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre.

The Blacktown City Art Prize is a much loved, open-themed art prize and exhibition.

The exhibition showcases the work of the 72 finalists, including a significant number of First Nations (15%) and local artists (22%).

The works span a range of styles and media including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and photo and mixed-media. A number of submissions reflect a growing sense of hope, resilience and positivity.

The independent judging panel commented that diverse and versatile styles were reflected amongst the selected finalists’ work which included a mix of emerging and established artists.

This year, Blacktown Arts received 514 entries from over 400 artists across Australia.

Alongside the Art Prize, Blacktown Arts will also be showcasing artworks from the Young Artist Prize. Kids and young people aged 3-14 years from Blacktown City are encouraged to create an artwork in response to the theme of Caring for Waterways, to be submitted at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre on 2 and 3 December.

Awards for the Main Prize, Aboriginal Artist Prize and Local Artist Prize will be announced on Saturday 21 January 2023.

Visitors can vote for their favourite artwork in the People’s Choice Prize. The winner will be announced within the last week of the exhibition.

The Blacktown City Art Prize exhibition is open to the public from Tuesday 10 January to Friday 17 February 2023.

Entry is free and all are welcome.


See the full list of 2022/23 Blacktown City Art Prize finalists below.Maissa Alameddine
To Hold

Skye Andrew
Moruya 1983

Walter Auer
Young Heroes

Tony Belobrajdic
Not from Here

Brittany Bishop

Lilith Bloom
Postcards from my Psychological Journey

Kathryn Blumke
Tyagarah Creek Quilt

Shane Bonsujet
Culling Voices

Mary Bozic
The Chess Game

Isabel and Lina Buck
Still Life #1, 2 and 4

Francis Cai

Tyler Carson
Urban Jungle

Leila Cheikh

Jayne Christian
Guwing Burragula Ngurrawa (Sunset on Country)

Penny Coss
Purple Flume

Jingalu Craig
Historys True Past. (How the Warragamba Dam was Made)

Alex Cyreszko
Ewa – The Healer

Christine Druitt-Preston
Bouquet for Hazel

Stan Florek

Mandy Fu
Self Portrait

Oscar Garcia
Up, Close and Personal

Tim Gregory
You Yangs 1984/2022

Amala Groom

Matthew Hall Fong
Self Portrait from Life

Brodie Harris
Ocean Dreams

Freya Jobbins

Lauren Johnson
The Great Barrier Reef

Leanne Jones
Dinawan Ngarraarry – Emu Hunt

Virginia Keft
The Colony on Show

Fruzsi Kenez
The Last Gasp

Danica Knezevic
Salami Face

Jo Langley

Brigita Lastauskaite
Shimmering Love on the Seabed

Mina Lee

Hyun Hee Lee
108 DefilementsAnne Leisner
Back of Addison

Carmel Mackie
Red Tailed Black Cockatoo

NG Malla
‘Loving home’

Carolyn McKay
She was in the Dream Test

Lee Mitchell
Study of a Chinese Freemason’s Lantern

Marisa Mu
There Is No Doubt – This Is A Womxn’s World

Lesley Murray

Pieter Neve

Nelson Nghe
Bug Spray

Mary Nguyen
Small Sketches

Jessica Nothdurft
Hey Bitch

Connor Ovenden-Shaw

Catherine Parker
Rear view road trip to 70 mile Llarnath Queensland

Hiren Patel

Kristine Pedler
Metal Jug and Gum Leaves

Louis Pratt
Shadow Dancer

Jian Hua Qian

Peter Rush
Sightlines, The Blacktown Native Institution site. Standing here, it’s placeless, I felt erasure, ignorance (my own), indifference.

Julie Scifo
Heading down to Ktown

Ebony Secombe
Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

Kirthana Selvaraj
Ramesh and the Guardian

Erik Shahmoradian

An Sheng

Chanel Sohier
The Town That Time Forgot

Kate Stehr
Scribing Tools III

Sally Stokes
Why does a horizon exist?

Surekha Suri
Village Wedding Celebration

Ali Tahayori

Jess Taylor
Dig Two Graves

Roshin Vattaparambath
Self/Portrait: Being Father

Bankstown Koori Elders Group
Lines between the Stories

Jayniel Villacorta

Anthony Walker
Cape Byron

Simon Welsh
I’m a real boy

Hal Witney
GOD IS. I AM.Image: Joanna Cole, Post (detail), 2021

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