Exhibitions are a huge part of what makes Bankstown Arts Centre so great! Both established and emerging artists have displayed their work in many creative forms, from visual art, to poetry and beyond. Exhibitions Exhibitions are a huge part of what makes Bankstown Arts Centre so great! Both established and new artists have displayed their work in many creative forms, from visual art, to poetry and beyond. Arts Centre; Arts and Culture
Artworks from the Rick Ball exhibition 2019 at Bankstown Arts Centre gallery

​​Credit: Artwork from Rick Ball Exhibition.


Exhibitions are an integral part of what makes Bankstown Arts Centre so great! Our Exhibition calendar includes exhibitions by both established and emerging artists.​

Current Exhibitions

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Mother Tongues

26 September to 30 October 2019


Bankstown Art Centre presents Mother Tongues, an exhibition showcasing the work of three local Artists whose works explore language, identity and representation within Canterbury-Bankstown.

Selected artists

  • Mehrdad MehrAeen
  • Alyssa Kulyk
  • Fariha Khaled


Over the month of September the artists will develop work at Incubate Artists Studios to be included in the exhibition. 

The Art Gallery is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.


This program is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.


Upcoming Exhibition

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Image: Rafat preparing for his exhibition at Bankstown Arts Centre

Rafat Yacoub: Thousands of Miles

1 November to 12 December


My artworks reflect on all these feelings and my own experience while living in Australia where I admire the beauty of its diversity.

In my artworks I have used strong and hard brush strokes and also a little soft touch to express the quietness of the colours and their harmony. - Rafat Yacoub


Rafat grow up with the strong artistic influence from his family members and his first teacher was his father Professor Reyad Yacoub, His works are a combination of abstract and realist, with a connection to old and contemporary schools.

The artist has been involved in  several individual and groups exhibitions in Dubai , Abu Dhabi and Sydney. In the last  few years, the artworks of Rafat have been presented in Hamburg, Geneva, Amman, Manila, Bangkok and Dubai.


Follow Rafat's art on Instagram and Facebook.


 Image: Plethora of Plumbing, Cockatoo Is, Sydney (diptych) by Steve Jannar

Steve Jannar: Sydney Millieu

6 November - 12 December 2019


Sydney Millieu  is an exotic name for Sydney and its surrounds.  It is an artist's impression of Sydney Harbour, The Royal National Park and Blue Mountains - a smorgasbord of beauty and a delight for an artist to work with.

Artist's Talk
14 November 2018, 6.30-7.30pm
RSVP here


About the artist

Steve Jannar is a Sydney-based artist.  Being an architect had contributed to the fact that many of his earlier works included the built environment in the Australian vernacular. Since 2008 he has returned to painting in acrylic paint rather than oil, is painting on a larger scale and freeing up his style - resulting in more dramatic works with greater impact.


Most of his paintings in recent years have been 'waterscapes' - finding the element of water to be a visual magnet that most people are drawn to as a preferred object of view.  Having 'water' as a common theme in his paintings makes Sydney a wonderful base from which to work; especially with a focus on Sydney Harbour, the Hawkesbury & Nepean Rivers, Port Hacking and the Royal National Park.


He has exhibited in and around Sydney for many years and is also represented in overseas collections.  He is a member of Mosman, Bankstown, Liverpool, Oatley 101 & Southern Cross Art Societies and is a committee member of Mosman Art Society.  He has undertaken demonstrations in and around Sydney.


 This program is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.



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Permanent Public Art on display

West to East

Photo of Uncle Badger 

West to East is the new sculpture in the garden courtyard by renowned Barkandji artist and master carver Uncle Badger Bates. Uncle Badger was the Artist in Residence for June 2018 and during this time sculpted on site this monumental sandstone artwork  This sculpture explores connections to local waterways and stories associated with local flora and fauna. This important artwork is part of an ongoing Indigenous Artists Exchange with Council’s Sister City Broken Hill.

On this work, Bates stated, “The eagle is my wanga or totem, and represents me coming from Broken Hill to Bankstown, which connects me with you all here. The two Ngatji or rainbow serpents live in a special waterhole in the Georges River.”

Badger Bates’ work is represented in nationally renowned collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Aside from being in numerous private collections, Badger has also created public artworks throughout Australia.​

*This project is supported through the Australian Government's Indigenous Languages and Arts program.

Rolling Musical Screech​

Rolling Musical Screech 

Credit: Photograph by Christopher Woe

Rolling Musical Screech by  Artist Sue Pedley is a series of printed signs on posts with images of birds and the descriptions of the bird's voices that inhabit the park surrounding the Bankstown Arts Centre. The work uses the ubiquitous road sign form to draw people's attention to local birds and their often unheard songs and voices. The selection of birds – the Magpie, Fig Bird, Ibis, Koel and Indian Myna is a mix of endemic, migratory and introduced species to the area. Bird communities are like human communities targeted, displaced and vulnerable in a rapidly changing urban environment with high-density housing, new transport systems and the removal of trees, parklands and waterways.

Sue Pedley is a mid-career artist who researches place, community, culture and history in relation to materiality through site-specific installation and interdisciplinary practice. Sue has worked with musicians, architects and designers and has been invited to work with urban and rural communities in Australia and Japan. Sue explores ways to reformulate the basic elements of time, light and space and experiments with different materials and their connection to place.



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The Touchstones  are three outdoor sculptures created by Artist Jane Cavanough . The Touchstones make reference to the creativity residing in the Arts Centre and  the local stories  around  Canterbury- Bankstown.

The sculptures are constructed with rust, carved glass and copper.  Each panel of glass was also frosted on its internal face to amplify and diffuse the sun's light by day, and each sculpture was wired with LED lighting to illuminate by night.



Wurrungwuri  is a sculpture based on the home of water. It tells the story of how we all need to actively protect and conserve our natural resources. It was made by the Aboriginal Arts Group that meets weekly at Bankstown Arts Centre and facilitated by artist, Diamando Koutsellis.

Wurrungwuri means "this side of the river" in Darug language.

Showcase your work

Bankstown Arts Centre has a range of artist opportunities. To find out how to exhibit your at Bankstown Arts Centre , go to the Showca​se your work page. ​

To see previous exhibitions, go to our ​Previous exhibitions page.