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  • Cultural development and creativity are critical to Penrith’s growth as a major city. Our community has called for Penrith to be a creative community with neighbourhoods they can be proud of. 

    Penrith City Council partners with local artists and community groups to showcase creative works unique to our region. Through celebrating our diversity, looking into our past, showcasing our current works and fostering emerging artists into our future, Penrith’s varied artistic and cultural programs contributes to our economic vitality, social equity and sense of place. 

    To find out more visit the Culture & Creativity website.

    Visit the Culture & Creativity website

    St Marys Corner

    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.

    Find out what's happening at St Marys Corner or your local neighbourhood centre.

    DiG (Digital) Maker Space project

    Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for the 2nd round of Council's exciting new arts initiative – the DiG (Digital) Maker Space Program. 

    This round runs from 3 September – 21 December 2018.

    Expressions of Interest for the 2nd round close 6pm Sunday 15 July 2018.

    This is a unique 16-week residency and mentorship program, which offers selected creative professionals the opportunity to work with a professional mentor who will guide, support and inspire them to deliver a specified project.

    The DiG Space Program showcases the breadth and quality of talented creatives we have in our region, and highlights the economic value of supporting creative enterprises in Western Sydney.

    This is the second program of the DiG Space, which follows on from the highly successful pilot, which produced a mesmerising and immersive experience that tells the story of finding an harmonious fusion between development and green spaces.

    Penrith Mayor Cr John Thain said the experience gained through this unique 16-week residency and mentorship program is unparalleled.

    “This program gives local artists the opportunity to create pathways, learn new skills, develop networks and work on a live creative collaboration project, “Cr Thain said.

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

    "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," Cr Thain continued.

    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 early 2019 for creative individuals to be part of the third program.

    Queen Street Riches & Textures 2018 - Windows on Queen

    This year’s Queen Street Riches and Textures project, Windows on Queen, celebrates the heritage of St Marys through colourful posters in Queen Street windows and a book.

    Windows on Queen identifies locations with historical significance on the main street of St Marys and provides a unique insight into our past. By connecting with business owners and local residents, an image of Queen Street’s past emerges.

    The project was instigated by St Marys and District Historical Society and produced at St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct, Penrith City Council, providing mentorship opportunities to local design graduates from Western Sydney University. 

    Queen Street Riches & Textures is centred around offering art, mentorship and community engagement to residents of St Marys and Penrith.

    View the Queen Street Riches & Textures - Windows on Queen project on Council's Culture and Creativity website.

    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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