Culture and Creativity

Culture and Creativity

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. 

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Magnetic Places

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Interactive Walking Trail
St Marys City Centre
22-24 October from 6.30-9.30pm

The annual place making grants program, Magnetic Places, has been reimagined in 2020 to create a vibrant program of interactive artworks for the community to experience and enjoy. 

Four projects funded through this year’s Magnetic Places: Arts & Connection After Isolation program are set to transform the St Marys City Centre in a walking trail of eye-catching and thought-provoking activations that move, light up and make sounds. 

These four activations, and an additional two online projects, are the work of local residents and professional artists who have taken inspiration from the events of this year to create meaningful projects which bring people together and celebrate collaboration, creativity and culture. 

We’re inviting the community to be part of this year’s program and join us in St Marys to enjoy a walking trail of the visual art projections, audio recordings and art displays over three nights from 22-24 October 2020. 

Each night the event will take place between 6.30pm and 9.30pm and attendees can follow a designated walking trail where they will have the opportunity to experience and enjoy all the activations safely. 

Penrith City Council’s top priority is ensuring the health and safety of our community and there are a number of safety measures in place for this event including: 

  • Cordoned off artwork areas
  • Separate entry and exits points
  • QR codes for easy sign in
  • Limited numbers in each area to ensure ratio of 1 person per 4 square metres
  • Hand sanitiser stations throughout

The Magnetic Places activations will be held in accordance with our CovidSafe Plans, available to view below.

Map

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Activations

Dear Tree by Rose Ertler 

Residents of Kingswood and beyond have recorded short messages to their favourite tree as part of an immersive audio activation by Rose Ertler. A compilation of the messages along with ambient sounds and musical phrases is set to broadcast via tree-mounted speakers in St Marys during the public exhibition of projects from 22-24 October. The compilation is also available for you to listen to online

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Our Symphony by Luke Hespanhol

Did you know there are sounds that move light? Penrith residents have created an interactive audio-visual artwork that uses algorithms to re-mix sounds and trigger an array of coloured lights. See for yourself when their amazing work is projected in Coachmans Park. You can also upload contributions live on the night.

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REConnection by XYZ Dimensions

Penrith residents have shared their time in insolation on Instagram using the hashtag #reconnection. Their posts have been woven into a visual narrative that will be projection mapped across the surface of a 1-tonne, 9-metre spaceship in West Lane car park creating an incredible visual spectacle which is not to be missed.

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Whisper by Office Feuerman 

Head to Coachman’s Park and speak quietly into the crook of this art installation and see if your whispers can be heard by someone on the other end of its sweeping curve.

Online Projects 

Postcards from Home by Fusion Western Sydney 

Residents of Kingswood Park, North St Marys, St Marys submitted postcards sharing their insights and experiences during this time of isolation. You can view the curated collection of submitted postcards online.

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A Cup Across the Fence_Clay Symphony by Varuni Kanagasundaram 

Love a cuppa and a good ol’ chat with your neighbour?

The residents of Cranebrook, Kingswood, Werrington and Penrith have recreated this much-loved pastime, but with a difference. Enjoy this unique ‘Clay Symphony’ online.

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Artist Opportunities with VendorPanel

Are you an artist looking for paid opportunities to work on Council’s public art, creative arts and CACD projects across our local neighbourhoods? All professional Western Sydney artists are encouraged to register with VendorPanel for the opportunity to work on projects with Penrith City Council, other councils, government departments and organisations across Australia.

Registering with VendorPanel means Council can include you in relevant offers, such as Requests for Quotes, Expressions of Interest, and Tenders. Register here.

Who can apply?

We encourage professional artists in Western Sydney to register with VendorPanel for paid work opportunities with Council. Artists are required to have an ABN to register.

What is VendorPanel?

VendorPanel is a secure online portal Council uses to identify and engage with suppliers for projects. Council uses the portal for transparent procurement where we offer both invitations to quote and manage the quoting process.

How do I register?

Registration with VendorPanel is free. All you have to do is register your business under “Graphical, Photographic and Art” and select your applicable categories.

For further information

If you have any questions, please contact the City Engagement Coordinator on 4732 8270 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

About

What is the DiG Program?

The Digital (DiG) Space Mentorship and Residency Program is a creative and professional development opportunity for emerging Greater Western Sydney digital-based creatives. The program is open to people who have completed degree level education and are within their first five years of professional practice.

The pilot program consists of three rounds of 16-week programs, consisting of a project brief for a collaborative project, two professional creative + business development workshops, and community membership into the Sydney Studios, professional development and networking opportunities.

Who can get involved?

The program is for emerging (not age related) Greater Western Sydney digital artists, designers and composers within their first five years of professional practice.

The program is open to talented creatives from Western Sydney (born, living, studying, or working) in the following areas: Blacktown, The Hills, Fairfield, Cumberland, Parramatta, Bankstown, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, and Penrith.

Where is it located?

The DiG Space is situated in a dedicated work space in Allen Arcade in Penrith’s CBD, within walking distance to Penrith train station, public bus transport, Penrith’s High Street and Westfield Shopping Plaza.

Who is involved in the DiG Program?

The program is funded by Create NSW, and is supported by Penrith City Council, Western Sydney University - Academic Program Design, Parramatta Campus and the Music Unit Kingswood, TAFE NSW – Nepean Arts & Design Centre, Kingswood and The Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Ltd (PP&VA).

How do I apply?

Applications are currently closed.

Contact Karren Harris, Senior Cultural Development Officer on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 02 4732 8129 for further information.

Previous rounds:

Round 1: Urban Futures

Commissioned by Council’s Sustainability Department, ‘Urban Futures’ captures the value and benefits of having trees and green cover within the urban and city environments with a beautiful view and originally composed music.

Round 2: Fox Tales

Do you want to go on an adventure? Come lose yourself in a book and explore a little Fantasy, add some divergent mayhem to your life, or have your heart quiver in a Romantic tale. If that sounds like you, then you're in the right place.

Follow the Fox – if you dare – through the genre portals. Click on an animation immerse yourself in the music and see where the Fox takes you. You'll never know where you will end up - post-apocalyptic Chicago, Panem, Twilight Arizona, or even Hogwarts.

Round 3: NepeanRIVR360

Experience the river like you never have before! Explore the sights, sounds and social connection around the Nepean River with eight immersive 360-degree videos revealing glimpses of nature and people’s use and enjoyment of different locations around the picturesque Nepean River.

About

Queen Street Riches and Textures is produced by St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct in partnership with Penrith City Council. The annual project provides mentorship opportunities to local design graduates from Western Sydney University to engage with the local community and produce creative collaborative works that explore the social interaction and conversations between community, people and places.

The project builds and extends on existing partnerships with civic, community, cultural, art and educational organisations and groups.

Mentorship opportunities for creative artists

The project aims to assist emerging Greater Western Sydney digital artists/designers who are within their first five years of professional practice to further develop their skillset and experience by providing a bridge between completing relevant arts/creative education and working in the creative industries. The project is open to graduates who have completed education at Diploma/Degree levels.

A creative brief is provided to assist in building professional and creative capacity with mentorship and support provided by Council’s Community and Cultural Development staff. The brief requires artists to engage with the local community to explore people and place.

Achievements

Since its inception in 2012, Queen Street Riches and Textures has produced one project every year celebrating people and place in the St Marys community.

The project has achieved great community endorsement and participation of more than 300 local residents, 50 art students and emerging artists, a number of partners and associates, regional educational institutions, and community organisations.

Visit Council’s Culture and Creativity website for more information on Queen Street Riches and Textures.

Projects:

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. 

 Download the Summit Report.