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.

Announcement | 2019 Residents

Blacktown Arts will host a selection of local, national and international artists throughout 2019 as part of the Blacktown Arts Residency Program.

Our 2019 artists-in-residence will explore their artistic practice, experiment with new forms and produce a range of new work in and around Blacktown.

Blacktown’s 2019 artists-in-residence are:

Rosalind Stanley – Main Street Studio residency

Rosalind will prepare a body of work for an upcoming group exhibition. The studio space will be used to share ideas with a number of exhibiting artists as well as developing works.

Peter Rush – Main Street Studio residency

Peter will use the studio to draw urban spaces of Blacktown. Through the duration of the residency he will focus on capturing the life, mood and character of the busy and changing spaces around Main Street, Blacktown. Most of the completed works will be sketched on the street using a variety of media.

Kristone Capistrano – Main Street Studio residency

Kristone will use the studios in order to develop a new body of work based on the photographs and research materials gathered from his overseas research trip between July and early October.

Jane Coquillon – Main Street Studio residency

Jane will use the studio to build on her creative abilities.  She will create some large-scale works with the aim of creating a cohesive body of work for a solo exhibit in 2020.

Alexander Smith – Main Street Studio residency

Alexander will develop a project of abstract expressionist paintings on canvas and board that utilizes the grid as a means of exploring colour.

Siobhan Colman – Performing Arts Residency

The Performing Arts Residency was awarded to local writer Siobhan Colman for her project Scorpion Tales 2 – short stinging monologues for angry women.

The artist will write a series of new theatre monologues with an emphasis on women’s experiences. She will workshop the monologues with an actor and dramaturge/theatre director Robert Colman.

Pat Parker Residency

The Pat Parker Residency was awarded to Mary Thi Nguyen for her project Nails Salons and hidden workplace hazard.

The artist will create installations complemented with small sculptures, paintings and drawings that respond to the lasting health impacts experienced by Vietnamese women who have migrated around the world employed in nail and beauty salons.

The Blacktown Arts Residency Program is known for supporting artistic development and emerging arts practices. The program offers both space and/or funding throughout the year to selected recipients, providing artists with an opportunity to begin, develop or finish their artistic project.Photo credit
Peter Rush, Blacktown Laundrette, 2018.

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Blacktown City Art Prize

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Blacktown City’s annual acquisitive art prize open to artists across Australia, with a prize pool of over $20,000.

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