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.

Top things to see during Sydney Design Festival

1 – 18 March 2019

The 2019 Sydney Design Festival gives audiences an opportunity to unpack design in all its forms – to understand and explore the processes, functions and narratives within design enterprise and to be inspired by the exhibitions and people involved in creating our futures.

With over 100 things to see and do, we’ve put together a short list of exhibitions, talks and workshops recommended by the Blacktown Arts team!


Conflicts of an Urban Age (installation detail), Arup

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String

22 February – 20 April 2019 | The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

kanalaritja: An Unbroken String  celebrates the Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural practice of shell-stringing, and the generations of makers who have sustained the tradition.

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Conflicts of an Urban Age
4 – 8 March 2019, 3.30 pm – 5 pm | Arup Sydney

An exhibition that explores the unparalleled social and environmental effects of the rapid urban growth.

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Icons: From the MAAS Collection
1 – 10 March 2019, 10 am – 5 pm | Powerhouse Museum, Sydney

See over 70 objects from the MAAS collection and explore what makes a museum object an icon.

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Places People Love. Image courtesy of HASSELL Studio

2019 MAAS Indigenous Design Symposium
9 March – 10 March, 10am – 4pm| Sydney Observatory

With a focus on the work of our women, the 2019 MAAS Indigenous Design Symposium provides a practical platform that demonstrates the marriage between Indigenous ways of being, ways of knowing and ways of doing as a pathway to accessing and understanding design principles that have been 60 000 years in the making.

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First People – First Design
Thursday 7 March, 6 – 8pm | Winya Indigenous Furniture city centre office

The concepts of Indigenous life are now part of every successful business; it’s just that most people do not see this. Winya draws this unique vision of first Australia into today in a very hands-on lecture program for Sydney Design Festival in its new City Center showroom.

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Places People Love: Arts and Built Environment
Sunday 3 March, 12 – 2pm | HASSELL Sydney Studio

How do the best cultural destinations establish a civic identity that reinforces a sense of place and creates a memorable experience?

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The Long Table: Weaving Stories. Photo by Jacqui Manning.

The Long Table: Weaving Stories
9 March 2019, 12 pm – 2.30 pm | Parramatta Artist Studios

Join women of The Finishing School Writers Collective and WeAve Parramatta to weave stories and textiles that cross cultural boundaries.

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Pattern & Design with Didi’s Tribe
2 March 2019, 11 am – 2 pm | Information and Cultural Exchange, Parramatta

Get hands-on as you learn about some of India’s different traditional designs and paint your own personalised calico bag.

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Explore the full program and plan your week around the 2019 Sydney Design Festival: 2019 Sydney Design Festival
1 – 10 March 2019 credit
Places People Love: Arts and Built Environment is a talk as part of Sydney Design Festival. Pictured: Darling Harbour Public Realm by HASSELL.

I’m an Artist

I’m an Artist

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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