• Culture and Creativity

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  • We run and support a great variety of events and programs around the City to encourage people to discover, develop and share their interests, experiences, skills and talents.

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    DiG Digital Maker Space project

    Penrith City Council's exciting new arts Initiative - the DiG (Digital) Maker Space Program was launched on Monday 5 February 2018 at its project office in the Penrith CBD.

    The program is the first of its kind providing a 16-week residency for selected creative professionals to work with a professional mentor to guide, support and inspire them to deliver a specified project.

    Penrith Mayor Councillor John Thain said the experience gained through the mentorship provides significant pathways for participants into gainful employment within the creative industries.

    "This is the first of three Residency programs that are scheduled to be run over the next 18 months and both mentors and creative candidates are encouraged to get involved in the program to expand their networks and gain new skills," Councillor Thain said.

    The project for the first residency program has been commissioned by Council's own Sustainability Department. In keeping with Council's 'Cooling the City' strategy the project brief is framed to deliver a series of digital artworks that engage people in a positive way about the benefits of trees and green cover in Penrith's urban environments.

    Mentor for this first project is David Clarkson, Director of Stalker Theatre, one of Australia's leading physical theatre companies. David will mentor five emerging creatives to develop their ability to work within a multi-disciplinary creative team.

    "Creative industries are important to the local community and play a positive role in contributing to social cohesion and shaping individuals and regions," Councillor Thain said.

    "More than ever before creativity is being embraced by individuals, society and employers. Council is delighted to be leading the charge in the development of creative industries in Western Sydney."

    The DiG Digital Maker Space project is funded by Create NSW. Council also receives support from project partners - Western Sydney University, TAFE NSW and the Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (PP&VA).

    There will be another call for Expressions of Interest in May 2018 for creative individuals to be part of the second program that starts in early September 2018.

    2018 Queen Street Riches and Textures Project - Windows on Queen

    Calling all Emerging Western Sydney Artists

    Queen Street Riches and Textures is an annual cultural initiative developed by St Marys Corner community and cultural precinct. The precinct delivers a range of social services and programs and supports the development and facilitation of a broad range of cultural projects.

    Every year we invite established artists to visit Queen Street, the main street of St Marys, to engage with its residents and mentor emerging artists to deliver an innovative cultural project.

    The 2018 project, Windows on Queen will be an exhibition of interactive posters displayed in the windows of Queen Street shops, featuring photographs of past houses, shops and business that were previously at that address.

    The photos from different historical periods of St Marys will be accompanied by a substantial amount of online content. Historical information and video stories told by local residents will be available via digital QR codes and as a link on Council’s website. The Windows on Queen Project will also feature as part of the 2018 St Marys Spring Festival.

    Expressions of Interest

    Council is looking for emerging artists with formal qualifications and/or experience in graphic design and digital media to participate in the 2018 Queen Street Riches and Textures project.

    Successful applicants will be mentored by an award winning artist, educator and community developer who works collaboratively with other artists, community groups and businesses to create multiple artist projects.

    The project commences in February 2018 and closes in May 2018 and includes mentorship, creative team collaboration and delivery of the creative brief. Two emerging artists will be chosen by a selection panel.

    In addition to the opportunity for professional development, the successful applicants will be offered a one-off stipend allowance of $500.

    Download the 2018 Queen Street Riches and Textures - Windows on Queen Expression of Interest Application form.

    Closing Date

    Applications close on Friday 9 February 2018.

    Please send your applications to before 5pm Friday 9 February 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by Wednesday 14 February 2018.

    Magnetic Places

    This grants program supports projects that bring people together to transform their local public spaces through artistic activity and new social connections. Applications for this year closed on 3 October 2016. 

    For more information contact or 4732 7809.  

    Watch past project videos on YouTube:

    Generation Z at Werrington Train Station  by artist Mandy Schone Salter in collaboration with Werrington Youth Centre and young people of Werrington. 

    'Gratitude'  by Penrith Women Cancer Survivors in partnership with the Cancer Council.

    Llandilo Chinese Community Artwork , a collaboration by Penrith Women's Health Centre with residents and artist Diamando Koutsellis.

    'Capture Colyton' a 2 year project by St Clair Youth and Neighbourhood Team, a collaboration with residents and a range of artists including Media On The Margins and Claire Nakazawa. 

    Mayoral Arts & Culture Summit

    Early in 2015 Council co-funded a Deloitte Access Economics report Building Western Sydney's Cultural Arts Economy, which highlighted glaring inequities in State and Federal funding for the arts. As a result, then Mayor Ross Fowler OAM called for a summit of Penrith, Hawkesbury and the Blue Mountains' arts and cultural representatives to express their priorities for the growth of arts and culture in Penrith and the broader region.

    Read our media release about the Summit held in September 2015. Download the Summit Report (8.06MB pdf).

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St Marys Library and Customer Service Counter has reopened

The Council Customer Service Office and Library on Queen Street, St Marys has reopened!

Council’s Customer Service team and Library will be open as normal, from 9am Wednesday 21 March. The Library has a small collection of books, audio books and DVDs available to borrow, as well as Wi-Fi, internet access and computers for the public to use. Printing and photocopying are also available.

To find out more about Library opening hours and services, please visit library.penrith.city. For more information about Council Services, please call 4732 7777.

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