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Blacktown Arts  A contemporary multi-arts hub with an innovative program inspired by the cultural and physical landscape of Blacktown. #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt

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Installation of our next program, #StitchingTheSea, is underway! Stitching the Sea is showcasing the rich body of artists Latai Taumoepeau and Angela Tiatia to explore how artists make works that address #globalwarming.
We are launching the program this Saturday 22 September with a Community Day, 10 am - 5 pm. Head to our Facebook page for the program of events and more information.
#BlacktownArts #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt #OceaniaRising @latai101 @angelatiatia @australianmuseum @casulapowerhouse

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that @joshuamorrisphotography’s gorgeous portrait of @pepa.molina has won “Australian Life”, which is part of Art & About.
This year, judges Ken Done, @wesleyenoch and Tamara Dean selected 22 finalists from 2478 submissions. This is the largest number in the 16-year history of the competition, which is one of the most prestigious photo contests in Australia!

See Josh’s winning work and the other amazing finalists at Art and About in Hyde Park til 7 October 2018.

Congratulations Josh and Pepa Molina!

Image: Joshua Morris, 'Pepa Molina, and some of the residents of the Parque Habitacional', Rooty Hill, NSW.
#BlacktownArts #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt #Blacktown @blacktowncitycouncil

“This work represents Australia as Afghan refugees’ precious golden country” - Khadim Ali
Golden Country, 2018
Daneha (Seeds)
5 July - 9 September
#BlacktownArts #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt #Blacktown @blacktowncitycouncil @creatensw @auscouncilarts

“These women share their stories via dance, song and storytelling to show the resistance and everyday struggle... to fight the institutions that want to control their body, their mind and their stories” - @monirah_hashemi
Sitaraha - The Stars
6 - 9 September
#BlacktownArts #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt #Blacktown #Sitaraha @blacktowncitycouncil @creatensw @auscouncilarts

“Can we read conflict from other perspectives by looking back to political and economic decisions made in another era?” - Zainab Haidariy ‘Speculator’, 2018
Part of Zainab’s creative investigation questions the bigger picture of how the decisions made by ‘speculators’ - policy-makers - affect our everyday lives.
This work is part of our current exhibition #Daneha.
5 July - 9 September
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We're exploring new ways of #connecting with our #community, and ways for our community to connect with each other.
For the first time ever, we are offering complimentary #tweetseats to an event: the preview of #Sitaraha
We are looking for members of our community to share honest, real-time responses to Monirah Hashemi’s powerful work.
More info ➡️ Link in bio
#thisishowwemakeart #blacktownarts @blacktowncitycouncil @blacktownadvocate @blacktowncitylibraries @auscouncilarts @creatensw

“The achievement of exile is permanently undermined by the loss of something left behind” - Avan Anwar
‘Bing me again’, @avananwa, 2018.
Daneha, 5 July - 9 September 2018.
#Daneha #BlacktownArts #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt #Blacktown @blacktowncitycouncil @creatensw @auscouncilarts

“The small discs in this artwork are symbols of our promises to ourselves: to make new lives in Australia” - Afghan Women on the Move
This work by @nazaninmarashian, with #AfghanWomenOnTheMove, ‘Planting Seeds’ is part of our current exhibition #Daneha. 5 July - 9 September.
#BlacktownArts #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt #Blacktown @blacktowncitycouncil @creatensw @auscouncilarts

Congratulations to the 19 local artists and organisations who have received funding assistance through our Blacktown City Council 2018 Creative Arts Fund!
Follow the link in our bio to read more about the artistic projects we will be assisting this year!
#BlacktownArts #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt #CreativeArtsFund #Blacktown #ArtsGrant #BlacktownCityCouncil #ArtsFunding 📷 @joshuamorrisphotography

“The Shahnameh (Book of Kings) was read to me by my grandfather, and its illustrations were my first lessons in art history” - Khadim Ali
This work by @khadim96, with Sher Ali, ‘Untitled 3 from the Transitions/Evacuation series’ is part of our current exhibition #Daneha. 5 July - 9 September.
#BlacktownArts #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt #KhadimAli #TheShahnameh @blacktowncitycouncil @creatensw @auscouncilarts

What does it mean to be an Australian and a refugee?
Join us on Saturday 18 August, 4 pm - 6.30 pm, as artists Safda Ahmed, Elyas Alavi, Khadim Ali and Maryam Zahid attempt to answer this question, and more. This panel will be moderated by freelance journalist and photographer Abdul Hekmat.
To RSVP, follow the link in our bio or send us a message with your name and email address.
#Daneha #BlacktownArts #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt #Blacktown @blacktowncitycouncil @creatensw @auscouncilarts 📷 @joshuamorrisphotography

“Displacement is being cut off from roots, land and the past” - Avan Anwar
‘Indurability of Life’ explores fragility, loss and rebirth; recycling life and tragedy; and struggle - in relation to Kurdish cultural identity and socio-politics.
This work by @avananwa is part of our current exhibition #Daneha, which explores the displacement of the Afghan community across the globe, and the cultivation of roots in foreign, unfamiliar soil.
5 July - 9 September 2018
#BlacktownArts #ThisIsHowWeMakeArt #Blacktown @blacktowncitycouncil @creatensw @auscouncilarts

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