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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.

    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 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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