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Blacktown Arts Centre (BAC) is located on the ancestral lands of the Darug people at the highest point of land in what is now the Blacktown CBD.
Originally built in the 1950s as an Anglican church, the building was deconsecrated in 1999. Although originally acquired by Blacktown Council as a site for a car park, the Council subsequently worked in partnership with Arts NSW on a capital works program aimed at refurbishing the building as a multi-arts centre. The Blacktown Arts Centre opened to the public in October 2002.
- BAC is a centre dedicated to contemporary interdisciplinary and cross-arts practices.
- BAC takes a leadership role in the development of Western Sydney artists and the promotion of their work to regional, national and international audiences.
- BAC operates on two key principles - a commitment to excellence in arts development and the empowerment of the Western Sydney community.
BAC presents a curated program of exhibitions, performances, workshops and events. The Centre's focus is primarily on arts development in the visual and performing arts but is also active in literature, film, new media and hybrid arts practices.
The Centre offers a range of support structures for artists - intensive residencies, mentoring, access to networks and professional development opportunities.
BAC is active in developing new audiences and new experiences for audiences. The Centre takes great pride in providing access to world quality performances and events and supporting artists in experimenting with their artforms.
BAC also cultivates partnerships with key cultural organisations to build a healthy sector for arts development in the region, ensuring our projects are adequately resourced, artistically challenging and critically responsive.
The Centre is firmly committed to exploring the best work from Western Sydney , the most dynamic and culturally diverse region in the country, and in promoting it as a vital part of Australian contemporary arts practice
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