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.

Spring School Holiday Program

Young artists can explore the relationship between building and the environment in this series of collaborative workshops.

Spaces are limited and workshops will book out quickly. Bookings are essential.


Barrio | Paper Town
Monday, 25 September 2017
10 am – 2 pm
6 – 12 year olds
Blacktown Arts Centre

“Barrio” is a Spanish word meaning “small community” – join us for a collaborative workshop as we build a community from the ground up.

Young artists will work together to construct a mini town or barrio from cardboard boxes and recycled materials. Children can choose to be members of this fictional community such as farmer or business owner, and make a town that considers the needs of an imagined landscape.


Barrio Fiesta
Saturday, 7 October 2017
11 am – 1.30 pm
6 – 12 year olds
Blacktown Arts Centre

Join us to celebrate the opening of our paper town! Participants will help assemble a finger food feast for their families.


Wednesday, 4 October 2017
10 am – 1 pm
6 – 12 year olds
Blacktown Arts Centre

Create your entry for the 2017 Blacktown City Art Prize Children and Young Artists section in our open studio! Participants will take inspiration from our current exhibition Balik Bayan and make works that respond to the theme of “Building and the Landscape”.



Day 1 | Family Day
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
10 am – 1 pm
6 – 12 year olds
Valencia Park, Valencia Crescent, Toongabbie

Organised in partnership with Blacktown City Council’s landscape design team, this play day is a creative way for the community to explore the newly renovated play space. Kids will create ways to build shelters and cubbies with simple natural materials.


Day 2 | Design Lab
Tuesday, 3 October 2017
10 am – 12 pm
6 – 12 year olds
Blacktown Arts Centre

Kids from the Toongabbie area are invited to come to Blacktown Arts Centre and design signage for the new Valencia Park! With the help of a designer, the kids will come up with designs that show other park visitors how the space can be used.

BOOKINGSImage: Within and Without: Portrait of a City, 2011.

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Blacktown City Art Prize

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