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Exhibitions are an integral part of what makes Bankstown Arts Centre so great! Our Exhibition calendar includes exhibitions by both established and emerging artists.
Diane Yousouf's exhibition, Water, presents the artist's fascinations with the ebbs and flows of the liquid that binds us.On the work, Yousouf states "Frequently I choose water and activities around water as subjects for my paintings. That is why it seemed natural to make this the theme for this exhibition. I work in a variety of mediums and try to capture the vivid colours of the Australian light and achieve realistic images of the places I visit".
Studio One Gallery
Three artists were encouraged to engage with the local story of Ruby Payne-Scott and the highly significant but largely unknown story of her work at Potts Hill Astronomy Hut in Bankstown. Her experience resonates with multiple stories of women embedded in our local landscape, which are rarely heard, acknowledged or celebrated.
Ruby is the first woman radio astronomer in the world and from Potts Hill made a number of highly significant scientific discoveries, including black holes at the centre of our Galaxy and the first mapping of our Galaxy.
This exhibition is the result of a two month residency at the Incubate Artist Studios, a new pop-up space housed in the Former Women’s Rest Centre, Bankstown.
An exhibition showcasing ceramic and visual artworks exploring creativity and wellbeing. This exhibition is presented as part of Mental Health Month.
The Art For Wellness workshops are run in partnership with South Western Sydney Health District/Health Promotions Service.
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.
Credit: Photograph by Christopher Woe
Rolling Musical Screech 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.
Bankstown Arts Centre has a range of artist opportunities. To find out how to exhibit your at Bankstown Arts Centre , go to the
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To see previous exhibitions, go to our Previous exhibitions page.