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The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre

78 Flushcombe Rd

Blacktown, NSW 2148

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Check out our current exhibitions at Blacktown Arts

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As with many public venues at present, The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre is legally obligated by NSW Health to collect information that would assist in COVID-19 tracing. Therefore, we kindly ask that you register your visit by providing your name, phone number and/or email address.

Sessions are booked in lots of 1-hour periods, but you are not restricted to 1-hour. You can book more than one session for yourself at a time, but please be aware of our limited capacity.

To UnMask | Mary Nguyen

4 September – 26 September 2020

Mary Thi Nguyen is a local Vietnamese artist who received a Blacktown Arts Pat Parker Residency in 2019. She is also a part of our Open studio group of local artists.

Mary’s residency dealt with issues that Vietnamese women struggle with when they migrate here. With their limited English skills, they find jobs in the beauty and nail industry. This is an area of employment they think will allow expression of their beauty ideals. However, they are frequently exploited.

For this project, Mary visited a number of nail and beauty salons in Blacktown and Western Sydney to interview women. As no one was willing to speak, she focused on her own experience to create the works for this exhibition.

Click here to learn more about Mary Nguyen | Solo exhibition

Terra inFirma: Sovereignty and Memory

5 September - 3 November

In the year marking the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival in Australia, and with the Black Lives Matter movement bringing focus to the on-going impacts of colonisation around the world, Terra inFirma could not be more timely.

First Nations and culturally diverse artists share their stories of history, heritage and identity with a focus on the experiences of communities represented in Blacktown. In Terra inFirma: Sovereignty and Memory, artists reflect upon the complexity and significance of Country, not limited to the physical grounds we stand on, but the histories and experiences absorbed by that land.

An effigy of James Cook’s Cottage in Melbourne is burnt to the ground; maps of Blacktown are decolonised; and the histories of Australia and the Philippines are linked through the narrative of dispossession among work by artists Alex Byrne, Gary Carsley, Dean Cross, Brian Fuata, Jasmine Guffond, Leanne Tobin, Julie Vulcan and Judy Watson.

Click here to learn more about Terra inFirma: Sovereignty and Memory

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