Culture and Creativity
- Written by Adam Gatt Penrith City Council (02) 4732 7777 (02) 4732 7958 email@example.com https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au 601 High St Penrith NSW 2750 Australia
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.
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 Space Mentorship and Residency Program
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.
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.
Queen Street Riches & Textures
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.
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.
- 2018: Windows on Queen
- 2017: A Temporal Skin St Marys
- 2016: Surfaces, Angles, Corners
- 2015: Sharing the Seeds
- 2014: Soundlapse
- 2013: Faces of St Marys
- 2012: Queen Street of Hearts
Grant applications for 2019 are now open!
Applications close Monday 1 July.
Community placemaking grants are available each year for projects that bring people together to transform their local public spaces through artistic activity and new social connections.
Before applying, please read the Magnetic Places program guidelines
Apply online now - Magnetic Places application.
Watch past project videos on YouTube:
- Generation Z: Paste Ups
- Penrith Women Cancer Survivors
- Let's Get Digital
- A Place to Call Home
- Chinese Community Artwork
- Capture Colyton
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.