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.

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Discover the vibrant and colourful world of HOSSEI in our Winter Makers Space!

The Makers Space is our brand-new program for 2024 – an immersive and interactive Makers Space for creatives of all ages.
Led by guest artists and curators, the Makers Space offers a year-round, dedicated space for reflection, creativity and play.

For the second iteration, our guest creative is multi-disciplinary artist HOSSEI, known for creating joyful installations and video works that celebrate healing, mysticism and the maternal

Through a multi-layered approach involving costuming, soft sculpture and sound, HOSSEI’s immersive space invites you to be inspired and make yourself at home in a newly-commissioned outerspace world.

Curated by Talia Smith, with concept by Louisa Minutillo.
Please note that some activities are best suited to ages 5+


HOSSEI is a multidisciplinary artist with Persian, Turkish, and Russian ancestry, whose work addresses his heritage and notions of togetherness and healing.

He was artist-in-residence at UTS Galleries, Sydney, in 2022–3, where he developed his Blesssense products and his exhibition O (2023). His show ESSENSSE opened at Verge Gallery in February 2024.

He has also exhibited at West Space in Melbourne, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and Artspace in Sydney, and at Dark Mofo in Hobart.

This project is presented by Blacktown Arts and supported by Blacktown City Council and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Image Credits:

O at UTS Galleries by HOSSEI, photography by Jacquie Manning
HOSSEI, photography by Jacquie Manning

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