by Phoebe Repeti

Image: Danny Eastwood, Tarni Eastwood, Jamie Eastwood 2022, by Liza Moscatelli

Summer 2023

Blacktown Arts brings the heat to Blacktown City in 2023 with our energetic summer season.

Acknowledging our place on Darug land, Elders in Residence returns to connect us with stories of the deep past and First Nations culture.

We open with the 2022/23 Blacktown City Art Prize and Young Artist Prize exhibitions, showcasing artists from across Australia and talented young people in Blacktown.

Families, discover a new world of music for little ears with A Music Adventure – Emily Who & Sydney Symphony Orchestra, get creative and try something new at Family Day, and enjoy some yummy eats and summer beats with Summer Music at Foodie Fridays.  

We are thrilled to present I Talk Through My Art and My Art Talks Through Me, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition by Blacktown artistic treasure, Ngemba artist Danny Eastwood, accompanied by a special weaving workshop with Ngiyampaa and Guringai artist Tarni Eastwood.

Lastly, we introduce Summer Making, a suite of creative activities by a selection of western Sydney’s most exciting artists. Join 2022/23 Blacktown City Art Prize-winner Peter Rush and street artist Sam Absurd for sketching and illustration, alongside our weekly Open Studio, facilitated by artist and mentor Patrice Wills.

Stay local this summer with Blacktown Arts!


2022/23 Blacktown City Art Prize and Young Artist Prize

The acclaimed 2022/23 Blacktown City Art Prize exhibition opens 2023 at The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre. Presented alongside the Prize, the Young Artist Prize showcases the artwork by young artists in Blacktown who responded to the theme ‘Caring for Waterways.’

Until 17 February 2023 

I Talk Through My Art and My Art Talks Through Me

Blacktown Arts are thrilled to present a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition by Danny Eastwood, spanning five decades of practice by an influential and ground-breaking artist.

2 March to 15 April 2023

Image: Joanna Cole, Post (detail), 2021

Image: Danny Eastwood by Liza Moscatelli


Summer Music at Foodie Fridays

To kick off the first market of the year, Blacktown Arts are bringing summer vibes to Foodie Fridays, with a one-off collaboration showcasing the best homegrown musical talent that western Sydney has to offer.

24 February 2023

Three men singing and playing music on stageImage: Home West by Liza Moscatelli

A Music Adventure – Emily Who & Sydney Symphony Orchestra 2023

Back by popular demand, Blacktown Arts in collaboration with Sydney Symphony Orchestra presents Emily Who & Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

28 January 2023

Image supplied by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Term 1 kicks off with our Summer Making program!

Led by western Sydney’s best artists and creatives, there’s something for everyone this Summer, with a range of workshops and experiences for children, young people, adults and families across weaving, drawing, illustration, craft and more.

Until 1 April 2023

Image: Family Day 2022, by Liza Moscatelli