Arts in Western Sydney

Western Sydney is home to many organisations that present vibrant programs telling stories of the region's arts and culture.

Parramatta lanes. Photo George Gittany

A very crowded market with tents in between trees and hanging fairy lights.

About the region

Western Sydney is 13 local government areas. It is home to NSW’s second largest population of Aboriginal people and is one of the fastest growing populations in Australia. The region's population come from more than 170 countries, speak over 100 languages, and will grow to over 3 million people in the next 20 years.

With this diversity and growth comes a thriving arts and culture sector. Local and state governments are investing in the region to provide opportunities and attract new audiences.

Aboriginal Lands

Dharug, Gundungurra and Dharawal Nations

 

Arts facilities and infrastructure

Create Programs in Western Sydney

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Culture Up Late Western Sydney

Culture Up Late supports spaces to open to 9:00pm to their world-class exhibitions, live music and DJ sets, film screenings, workshops and talks, with pop-up bars and dining.

Casula Up Late, Casula Powerhouse. Photo: Chantel Bann

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Transparent graphic film interlayer between laminated glass

22/23 Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport Line Public Art

19 Australian and local NSW artists were selected to create public art for the new metro line. The artworks reflect the evolving stories of the places and communities connected by the metro.

Life/Blood by Lucy Simpson, Punchbowl Station. 

 

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Create Connects - Information Session - People living and/or working in Western Sydney

Western Sydney artist organisations and groups

Western Sydney Arts Alliance

Western Sydney Arts Alliance advocates for the vitality and uniqueness of Western Sydney’s artists and creatives.

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Arts and Cultural Exchange

ACE provides creative support to some of Western Sydney’s most underrepresented communities.

Spellbound storytime performers Suraiya and Rubina, 2020. Photo: Chanel Bial

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A bright yellow background with two multi lingual story time performers standing in front of it, holding small wooden umbrellas, wearing bright coloured dresses and hijabs.

Parramatta Artists' Studios

Parramatta Artists’ Studios (PAS) is the home for creative production in Western Sydney. We empower and equip artists to build thriving and sustainable creative lives.  

Work by Liam Benson, 5 cards, commissioned by Parramatta Artists' Studios. Photo by Jacquie Manning.

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A drag queen performer, Liam Benson and a woman sitting at a table, in front of a gold foil fringe background

Pari

Pari is an artist-run initiative in Parramatta. We are for art that tells stories that need to be told, sheds new light on old thinking, or tackles new ideas altogether.

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Street corner showing the Pari studio
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