Bankstown Arts Centre Open Day

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Bankstown Arts Centre

5 Olympic Parade

Bankstown, NSW 2200


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Celebrate food, art and ecology at this year’s Bankstown Arts Centre Open Day on 29 July (11am-3pm).

The event, to be held as part of Bankstown Bites, will include street food photography workshops, art installations, performances and children’s art activities. This is an open festival for everyone.

2017 Program:

  • Interactive Art Installations

  • Drop–in Arts Activities

  • Drop-in Hula Hoop Workshops

  • Paint Together by Bankstown Art Society

  • Stone Polishing Demonstrations and Display by Bankstown Lapidary and District Club

  • Street Food Photography Workshops*

  • and Music in the courtyard all day long

Art installations Line-Ups

Incubate Photographic exhibition by Wajihah Hamid (3x3 Art and Ecology Artist in Residence)
Behind The Table - A Visual Journey exhibition photographs and documents ingredients which are common to three different communities and documents the diverse way they are used or prepared amongst these different communities residing within Canterbury-Bankstown area.

Interactive and Site-Specific by Elizabeth West (3x3 Art and Ecology Artist in Residence)
Wrapped explores the scale of plastic food packaging waste, offering a different perspective to common statistics. Creating a labyrinth with food packaging waste, the artist invites the festival-goers to think about what they put in the bin.

Art Buffet
Come and share a bite with young refugees and new migrants currently working the LMA’s Thrive Youth Transition Support Program. Working with Muralisto, a start-up dedicated to social activism through mural art, these young Thrive-rs want to share their culture and cuisine with you. Come dine at our table, adorned with artworks that express refugee and new migrant stories, and witness a live painting by artists from the Thrive Youth Transition Support program.

NAIDOC Exhibition

As part of Canterbury-Bankstown's NAIDOC celebrations, Bankstown Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and Bankstown Arts Centre present this exhibition of Aboriginal art.

The artists are from many Aboriginal nations across NSW and cover different medium and artistic styles.

Imagine Wall - We are Still here and we still have support by Jason Wing

The mural states "we are still here and we still have support". The community has added their hand print in support for Aboriginal rights and support for all minority groups under colonial rule. The hand prints will then be turned into universal spirits referencing Aboriginal spirits. It is a celebration and acknowledgement of the ongoing education process educating the general public of Aboriginal culture past and present.

Music Line-Ups

DJ Biggie – a local Bankstown resident and a leader in the Sierra Leone Community. DJ Biggie has been DJ’ing for many years and always provides a great mix of Afro-Beats, RnB & Reggae.

Bankstown World Choir - is a community choir that meets at the Arts Centre every Monday to learn and share songs from different parts of the world. Choir conductor Linda Marr is an experienced singer. She leads 5 community choirs, teaches Cuban-style salsa dancing and broadcasts world music on the radio (Whirled Wide on 2mbs 102.5fm or

Judenn – is a local young person who has performed at a number of events at the Bankstown Arts Centre. He has been playing the guitar for many years and has even built his very own custom made acoustic guitar. His style includes instrumental, folk, classical & flamenco.

DJ Aleksia – is an 11-year-old girl who goes to Georges Hall Public School. She sings, she plays the piano and loves all kinds of music. At the Bites Festival, DJ Aleksia will be playing a lot of upbeat Top 40 songs to accompany the Hula-Hooping.

Makindu - take their name from a Kenyan village, their rhythms from the Indian tabla and their melodies from the travelling clarinet. Their music tells the story of their journey together, incorporating folk traditions and sacred sounds.

More activities will be announced closer to the event.

A free event, all welcome.

*Street food photography workshop cost $5. Don’t miss out on an introduction to street photography, please go to to book.

Bankstown Arts Centre is a wheelchair accessible facility.

Image courtesy of Christopher Woe


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is difficult around the Bankstown precinct, take the train to the Open Day. For more transport information, please click here. Otherwise, community car park map can be download here. Please note there will be road closures on the day.

What can/can't I bring to the event?

You can bring a picnic to the Arts Centre Courtyard before the event. Otherwise, grab a bite at one of the stalls at Bankstown Bites.

Where Can I contact the organiser with more information?

Bankstown Arts Centre office opens Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, please contact us on 9707 5400 for all enquiries.

Do I need to pre-book to attend?

No, but if you want to get an event reminder. Better register online.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No need to print out your ticket, it's a walk-in event for everyone.

  • Neoklis Bloukos

    Neoklis Bloukos

    Photographer and teacher

  • World Music Choir

    World Music Choir

    Canterbury- Bankstown Community Choir

  • Wajihah Hamid

    Wajihah Hamid

    Artist and Photographer

  • Craig Taunton

    Craig Taunton

    Open Day Music Curator

  • Elizabeth West

    Elizabeth West


  • Melissa Wheeler

    Melissa Wheeler

    Hoop performer and visual artist

  • Jason Wing

    Jason Wing


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