Our current exhibition Recent Acquisitions presents artworks that have been acquired by Blacktown City Council throughout the past 4 years. The exhibition gives our community the opportunity to learn more about the individual artworks and Council’s entire art collection.
Like most public art collections, Blacktown City Council’s collection tells the stories of our City through the work of artists, reflecting the concerns and histories of our diverse communities.
Western Sydney is home to many public art collections. Does your local Council have an art collection?
The Liverpool Art Collection is managed by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool Regional Museum. The collection was formally established in 1989 with the opening of the Museum. 30 years on, Liverpool’s collection now consists of over 30,000 artworks and heritage objects. Together, these items reflect the rich cultural and historic history of the greater Liverpool region.
The Campbelltown City Council Collection contains nearly 1,500 artworks that were acquired as early as 1962. Campbelltown’s collection holds works of national significance by contemporary Australian artists and continues to focus on acquiring art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists as well as artists from across the Campbelltown and Macarthur and Western Sydney region.
The Penrith Regional Gallery Collection has over 1,600 objects. Both the collection and the gallery itself are the result of Margo Lewer’s wish for her home and collection of artworks to be given to the people of Penrith. The collection has grown since the establishment of the gallery and bequest, and now consists of a large range of visual art (painting, drawing, and sculpture), Aboriginal rock engravings, furniture, books, and other printed ephemera.
Hawkesbury City Council has a unique and historic collection of 300 artworks, most of which were acquired between 1975 and 1994. In 1999, the people of the Hawkesbury were also gifted with 80 paintings and prints by artists a number of significant Australian artists including Arthur Boyd, Norman Lindsay and Lance Solomon.
Visit The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre to see more artworks from the Blacktown City Art Collection (until 26 May 2018).
Campbelltown Arts Centre Permanent Collection. Photograph by Nikki To.