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.

Artybald in the City

Blacktown City recognises the importance of public art in contributing to a vibrant, inclusive and resilient community.

Blacktown Arts worked with Ability Options’ Front Up Studios in Seven Hills to bring colour and vibrancy to our public spaces and celebrate our diverse, local talent.

Four temporary public art commissions were selected from 34 entries from The Access Artybald Prize and are exhibited on the windows of Max Webber Library from September to December 2022.

The Access Artybald Prize

A portrait painting competition and exhibition facilitated by Ability Options’ Front Up Studios, The Access Artybald Prize is a celebration of western Sydney’s most exciting, diverse artists.

Open to artists with diverse abilities who live, work or study in greater western Sydney, The Access Artybald Prize was first exhibited at Front Up Studios in May 2022, before travelling to Wollongong Art Gallery and landing at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre this September.

The Access Artybald Prize was created in conjunction with Archibald Prize at Art Gallery of NSW.

Until 2 April 2023

Max Webber Library
All ages


Brendan Abarca

Brendan enjoys painting and drawing self portraits and animals in bright rich acrylic colours. Brendan received a commended award for his Self portrait painting in the Front Ups 2022 Access Artybald Prize.

Renee works across many different media including ceramics, drawing, painting and film, using art to explore things often hidden from plain view such as microscopic images of insects, bacteria, and genetic material. The eye is a recurring motif representative of her main form of communication as a hearing-impaired person.

Renae Curran is a contemporary multidisciplinary artist and registered Art Therapist who experiments with a variety of materials and techniques in her artistic practice. Through embracing a sense of play, exploration and experimentation, Renae sees art as a powerful tool for expression and healing.

Ebony is an emerging, multidisciplinary artist motivated by a thematic exploration of self-acceptance. Advocating for the intersectional rights and identities of autistic and neurodiverse communities, Ebony draws on a strong current of social justice, personal reflection and reimagining a more equal world.

This is a public art initiative funded by Blacktown City Council and Blacktown Arts.

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Blacktown Arts supports artists through annual opportunities across prizes, exhibitions, funding opportunities, and studio spaces for local creatives.

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Blacktown City Art Prize

Blacktown City Art Prize

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

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