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.

Summer in Blacktown | What’s on?

Visit Blacktown throughout summer and experience a range of programs presented by Blacktown Arts.

Blak Box. Photograph by Barton Taylor.

Blak Box – Four Winds
9 January – 2 February 2019
Blacktown Showground Precinct

Sydney Festival returns to Blacktown for the third year running!

The voices of elders and future leaders from Blacktown’s Aboriginal community feature in Four Winds, a surround-sound ‘deep listening’ experience curated by Daniel Browning.

Presented in partnership with Urban Theatre Projects, this 21st century campfire experience is a cross-generational dialogue bridges the past and the future giving audiences a deeper and broader understanding of contemporary Aboriginality.

Cost | $35+ booking fee
BookingsSydney Festival website

2018 Blacktown City Art Prize. Photograph by Jennifer Leahy.

2018 Blacktown City Art Prize
1 December 2018 – 25 January 2019
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

View all 87 finalist artworks in the 2018 Blacktown City Art Prize!

Now in its 23rd year, the Blacktown City Art Prize is a highly valued art prize, with cash prizes of $20,000 and acquisitive awards. Local, regional and national artists are invited to submit entries in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

2018 Young Artists Prize
1 December 2018 – 25 January 2019
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

The Blacktown City Art Prize celebrates the creativity of local young people through an environmentally-themed Young Artists Prize.

This section is open to 5 – 15 year olds who live or go to school in Blacktown City.

See how the artists responded to this year’s theme!

Ashley Murray b.1987), king marina shells, Wynyard 2016. Image: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String
22 February – 20 April 2019
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String is an exhibition and series of workshops that celebrates the generations of makers who have sustained the uniquely Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practice of making rare and delicate shell necklaces.

This exhibition features a variety of shell necklaces created by Tasmanian Aboriginal Ancestors in the 1800s, and acclaimed makers of today, as well as a new wave of stringers who had the opportunity to learn the tradition.Visit The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
Opening Hours
Tuesday – Saturday. 10 am – 5 pm.
02 9839 6558Photo credit
Fozia Zahid, Country Out of the Man (detail). Winner 2018 Local Artist Prize.

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I’m an Artist

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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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