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Bankstown Arts Centre acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, water and skies on which we stand, the Darug (Darag, Dharug, Daruk, Dharuk) People, and whose cultures and customs have nurtured and continue to nurture this land. We recognise and respect Darug cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship with the land. We acknowledge the First Peoples’ continuing importance to our community. For more information on the Aboriginal history and places of significance in the Canterbury Bankstown area, visit council's cultural services page here.
Our artistic philosophy
Bankstown Arts Centre (BAC) is a vibrant contemporary multi-arts organisation that advocates for diverse and accessible art with a strong focus on Canterbury-Bankstown, Western Sydney, First Nations and CALD artists.
Embedded in community, our projects connect people and address critical issues of our time. We champion experimental art practices for generative social impact.
Centred on the twin pillars of social practice and placemaking, BAC develops and presents engaging multi-platform art experiences and stories that are local, global and interconnected. Core to our artistic vision is an innovative transdisciplinary, transcultural and transmedial curatorial framework.
Our creative programming is anchored in visual arts with hybrid elements. It will extend to include curated presentations of music, dance and literary events and intersect art with design, science and technology.
We invite cross-sector collaborations from Western Sydney and beyond that will give our visitors an immersive art experience.
Resident organisations at Bankstown Arts Centre include
Urban Theatre Projects (Utp),
Bankstown Art Society,
Bankstown and District Lapidary Club Inc. and
Bankstown Theatre Company.