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Image: Noa Haim of Collective Paper Aesthetics HEART-board pyramid 2016, at 798 International Children’s Art Festival in Beijing. Photo by Wei Guo

Sydney Festival 2024

8 to 28 January 2024
Full details below

Blacktown Arts are thrilled to present two major projects as part of Sydney Festival 2024; Talking Posters: Garage Graphix 1981 – 1998, and Hive Festival, in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Let your curiosity come alive this summer with Blacktown Arts!

Image: courtesy of Zindzi and the Zillionaires

Hive Festival

13 to 14 January 2024
Art Gallery of New South Wales

19 to 20 January 2024
The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

Blacktown Arts, in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales, presents Hive Festival.

Join us at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre for 2 fun-filled days of hands-on art making, music, performance and play for children and families, Blacktown-style!

  • Share stories and learn a thing or 2 with First Nations Elders Uncle Wes Marne, Uncle Danny Eastwood and Uncle John Farrington, with a special performance and workshop by Garabara Dance Group
  • Join Ngiyampaa and Guringai artist Tarni Eastwood as she shares her passion and knowledge of traditional and contemporary weaving techniques with hand-dyed raffia from Nula Weaving
  • Be inspired by our young artists with the Young Artist Prize exhibition and ceremony, alongside the Blacktown City Art Prize exhibition
  • Join western Sydney’s first disability-led collective We Are Studios for a wearable art workshop led by We Are Studios artists
  • Go on musical adventure with children’s singer Emily Who and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Dance till you drop with World Rhythms Unleashed by dancer and choreographer Lucky Lartey; a mesmerizing and culturally-rich performance that brings together vibrant rhythms and percussion traditions from across the globe
  • Get excited for a live music program presented by Vyva Entertainment, featuring children’s favourites Zindzi (Play School) and the Zillionaires and more soon to be announced
  • Immerse yourself in architect and designer Noa Haim’s (Collective Paper Aesthetics) interactive cardboard sculpture Be at the Hive as it visits Blacktown from the Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Listen to Trains by The Kids, an app-based audio ‘train journey’ revealing exciting sounds and stories from several ‘stops’ between St James station and Blacktown station with Hive Festival co-creator Claudia Chidiac. Best enjoyed travelling between the 2 festival venues, listeners can take a self-guided journey with Trains by The Kids at any time between 13 to 20 January.

Full program soon to be announced.

Image: Garage Graphix: Making Art in Mt Druitt, 1986 Calendar page, 1986, screenprint on paper. Courtesy the artists

Talking Posters: Garage Graphix 1981 – 1998

8 to 28 January 2024
Poster House (The Thirsty Mile)
Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay Precinct
15 Hickson Road, Dawes Point NSW 2000

Garage Graphix is heading to Walsh Bay!

Dive into a selection of screen-printed artworks, calendars and photographs alongside materials from the renowned ‘Garage’ in Mount Druitt in western Sydney.

For the length of its existence, Garage Graphix produced hundreds of political and socially relevant screen-printed posters. The exhibition reveals the role of artistic collaboration in giving voice to community concerns, expressed through the unique styles and typography from a pre-digital era of poster-making.

Garage Graphix is curated by Nadia Odlum with Curatorial Mentor Julie Ewington.

The exhibition was developed by the Garage Graphix Reference Group for Blacktown Arts and Blacktown City Council. Garage Graphix Reference Group: Alice Hinton Bateup, Marla Guppy, Lee-Anne Hall and Lin Mountstephen.

The exhibition includes artworks on loan from and courtesy of Marla Guppy and Lin Mountstephen.

Learn more about Garage Graphix

Hive Festival is created in collaboration with Claudia Chidiac and in partnership with the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

The Blacktown Arts Sydney Festival 2024 program is supported by Sydney Festival, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Blacktown City Council and the NSW Government through Create NSW.