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.

EMERGE 21 – Artist call out


Front Up Studios


For emerging Western Sydney artists 

The EMERGE program is an access driven and disability-led program focused on supporting artists with disability, mental health concerns or access requirements.

Be part of this exciting FREE 12-week program for emerging artists where you will share and gain new creative skills to collaborate, develop new work and exhibit at the Front Up studios, Seven Hills. 


WEDNESDAYS from 1st Sept to 17th Nov 2021

EMERGE 21 is a professional creative development program for artists to expand on their art practice through mentoring by experienced professional artist and educators. EMERGE 21 artists will engage and respond to AGNSW exhibitions and artworks, gain access to the Front Up studios, and collaborate with fellow artists to create and exhibit new work for the EMERGE 21 exhibition in 2021.

EMERGE 21 is a Front Up program in collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW and Blacktown Arts. Front Up Studios is an organisation within Ability Options.


  • be 18 years or older
  • be based in Western Sydney
  • be an emerging artist
  • be able to commit to the dates listed in the program time frame



Please email six examples of your work and a short description (50-100 words) about your artwork and/or current practice to:


or call:  0447592292

Front Up Studios is located on Dharug country.

Ability Options level 1, 7/11 Rowley Street, SEVEN HILLS, NSW, 2147

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