• Culture and Creativity

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    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.

    Calling digital artists and mentors 

    Council is opening a space for creative and professional development initiatives for emerging Western Sydney multi-disciplinary digital artists/designers within their first 5 years of professional practice. A series of 16-week residency and mentorship programs will focus on creative and professional advancement initiatives, nurturing and providing a bridge between the completion of arts/creative education and the professional arts industry.

    Expressions of interest closed pm 23 July 2017.

    Expressions of Interest – Mentored Creatives

    Council is seeking expressions of interest from talented Western Sydney multi-disciplinary digital artists/designers within their first 5 years of professional practice. We are looking for up to 5 creatives per program from a mix of digital disciplines including: sound designer/composer/musician; image maker (illustrator/photographer); visual storyteller (animator/film-maker/videographer/motion designer); graphic designer. Download the Mentored Creative Expression of Interest form (pdf 165KB)

    Expressions of Interest - Mentors

    The DiG program seeks expression of interest from talented creatives with experience in one or more of the following: formal teaching in the arts industry, mentoring, creative producer/arts director and or working within the creative digital industries. Download the Mentor Expression of Interest Form (pdf 165KB) 

    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).

    Watch the video

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