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2022 Creative Arts Fund

2022 Creative Arts Fund

The Creative Arts Fund is a grant program which supports artistic development and creative projects in our local Blacktown community. Through the Blacktown City Creative Arts Fund, local artists and community organisations can receive up to $3,000 to develop art related programs or projects.

Artists and community organisations are invited to activate new ideas and initiatives, and take advantage of partnership opportunities with other organisations, artists and community groups. The Creative Arts Fund also creates a platform to build social and cultural connections between the communities of Blacktown City and encourage creative expression by supporting a range of arts and cultural activities and artists at all stages of their careers.

Key dates

Opens: Monday 28 February 2022

Closes: Friday 1 April 2022, midnight

Funding announcement: August 2022

Project delivery: August 2022 to June 2023

Category A

Community organisations and groups

Blacktown-based community organisations and groups are invited to apply for grants of up to $3,000 (inclusive of GST) to develop artistic programs or projects. The funding enables organisations to pay an artist to design, plan and work with their group/s on an artistic and creative program or project.

Artists can play a vital role in creative engagement with the community. Examples include design and implementation of a mural for a community centre, a series of weaving or craft workshops with groups, collecting stories through recording and illustration, etc.

We encourage organisations with no previous experience with arts programs to apply, as well as those with experience. 


  • local incorporated non-political, non-religious organisations and groups who are providing services to residents in the Blacktown local government area
  • ABN-registered non-profit, non-government community, cultural or arts organisations
  • organisations with written consent from the artist(s) proposed to work with you for the project
  • successful organisations will need a certificate of currency and public liability insurance of up to $10,000,000

Category B 

Individual artist or artist groups 

Individual artists or artist groups are invited to apply for up to $2,000 (inclusive of GST) to assist in their professional development or to work on an arts project with local community organisations or groups.


We welcome applications from individual artists or those working in groups

  • over 18 years of age who live in the Blacktown local government area
  • artists at any stage of their career
  • artists working in any art form
  • artists who have not previously received funding through the program

Funding is not available to employees of Blacktown City Council, their direct family members, Ward Councillors or members of the Blacktown City Council Arts Advisory Committee.

Previous successful artists from 2021

Grants of up to $3,000 have been awarded to the following community organisations:

  • Barnier Public School P & C Association, Quakers Hill – Artist fees for the installation of the first stage of murals in the bathrooms at Barnier Public School.
  • Australian Traditional Asian Culture Group, Seven Hills – Chinese ink-drawing workshops with artists Songshi Li and Dan Chen and the development of a final exhibition.
  • Shalvey Community Centre, Shalvey – Artist fees and venue hire for a Holiday Intensive Dance Workshop with young people at Shalvey Community Centre.

Grants of up to $2,000 have been awarded to the following individuals and artist groups:

  • Holly Oakley, Woodcroft – An exhibition on domestic violence and the printing of the artworks for local domestic violence counsellors.
  • Emie Roy, Quakers Hill – Development and production support of a short documentary on the Covid-19 pandemic and 2020 lockdown.
  • Aileenette Almazan-Appleby, Blacktown – Artist fees for the production and development of an art and literacy video series for primary and early secondary school students.
  • Natalie Oliver, Doonside – Professional development fees and venue hire for the arrangement of a new cabaret performance in collaboration with other performers.
  • Yasmin Arkinstall, Lalor Park – Professional development in opera and funds to work with a mentor composer for the development of an autobiographical opera about the artist’s experience with mental illness.
  • Laura Ranola, Doonside – Production of a new limited podcast series aimed at young women from Blacktown and western Sydney
  • Dave Hammond, Bidwill – Development and marketing costs of an online craft store in jewellery.
  • Stan Florek, Blacktown – Creation of ten to fifteen paintings that represent the migrant experience in Blacktown.
  • Juda Xavier Osbual, Woodcroft)– Professional development and artist fees to support the development of a series of visual dance films.
  • Suhandi Kosasih, Seven Hills – Artist fees and venue hire for new music jam sessions in Blacktown.
  • Richard Jackson, Lalor Park – Creation of ten autobiographical paintings that reflect the artist’s life.
  • Vonne Patiag, Minchinbury – Development of the first full draft screenplay for the feature length film production of TOMGIRL.
  • Agal Dance Company, Blacktown – Production of a film on a dance performance responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Raneen Shamon, Mount Druitt – Creation of art works with students for an art exhibition at the Evans English Intensive Learning Centre.
  • Ctace Palasin, Blacktown – Development of two playscripts ‘Oh Wife Escape Me Not’ and ‘Eva’.
  • Rebecca Catford, Seven Hills – Mixed media sculpture that reflects the impact of domestic violence on survivors.

Image: Project United, Sam Absurd