Campbelltown Arts Centre is a dynamic visual arts centre.
Campbelltown Arts Centre is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts centre in South-West Sydney.
Campbelltown Arts Centre programming includes broad areas of contemporary arts practice, encompassing music, film, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, food and new media. In 2005 the Centre underwent major developments. New facilities include a 180 seat performance studio, a 2000 seat outdoor amphitheatre, rehearsal studio, workshop and exhibition space and the Arts Centre Café.
Campbelltown Arts Centre is a place of engagement and connection. The philosophy of the centre is to work with artists and cultural producers to provide opportunities for our communities to learn and connect with contemporary ideas and issues.
It was officially opened in December 1988 as a Bicentenary project and an initiative of Campbelltown City Council with support from the Friends of the Gallery.
The Campbelltown Gallery was purpose built as a Bicentenary project. The building was designed to incorporate exhibition spaces, a library, kitchen facilities for major functions as well as workshop spaces for community and educational art and craft classes.
Adjoining the Arts Centre is the Japanese Teahouse Garden. The teahouse is based on a traditional 16th century design and was a Bicentenary gift from Campbelltown's sister city Koshigaya, Japan. The gardens also feature a pond and waterfall with Koi carp.
A stimulating diverse range of local, regional and national exhibitions are displayed. For each exhibition guided tours and floor talks for people of all ages are conducted free of charge. Some exhibition workshops or other gallery activities may incur a small fee.
As well as a diverse exhibition program, the Arts Centre offers special workshop courses in a range of art and craft disciplines.
The Centre is surrounded by a Japanese and Sculpture Garden.
The sculpture garden was a Centenary of Federation project and officially opened in 2001. The space features a major permanent sculpture, 'A Tether of Time', by Joan Brassil. In June 2002, the first figurative sculpture was installed and unveiled by Roy and HG Nelson. This is a five tonne granite sculpture of a Diprotodon, carved from granite by local artist Eric Aarons, called "Esmeralda."
Between Two Rivers, a terazzo and bronze public artwork in an Aboriginal design situated in the forecourt at the front entrance to the Arts Centre. The artwork was a collaboration of Aboriginal Artists Leeanne Hunter and Lynn Gabriel, Community Artist Peter Day as well as Terazzo Artist David Humphries and cast by Alan Crawford. Between Two Rivers was completed in November 1998.
To be on the mailing list for workshops and special programs please contact the Education Officer. Ph 02 4645 4336
To become a Friend of the Gallery contact Joan Long at the Centre on (02) 4645 4917.
*Works by local artists include; Elisabeth Cummings, John Peart, Suzanne Archer, David Fairbairn, Mark Leon, Savanhdary Vongpoothorn and Janice Shipley.
*Historical art of regional significance to the exploration and colonisation of Campbelltown and the South West Sydney region. Illustrated through the works of Joseph Backler and various colonial prints.
*A strong indigenous collection including barks, paintings and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander fibre works. Representing artists Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Mick Namarari, Tjapaltjari, Gloria Tamerre Petyarre and Yvonne Koolmatrie.
*Works by John Coburn, Marion Borgelt, Tony Tuckson, Rosalie Gascoigne and Ken Whissonaire are examples of the Galllery's commitment to collecting Australian works of contemporary significance.
: For exhibition detail see our website: http://www.campbelltown.nsw.gov.au/default.asp?iNavCatID=1&iSubCatID=124 Exhibition Spaces:
Three spaces with a total of 350 Square Metres. The three main exhibition spaces include the Gallery foyer area, Ian S Porter (Gallery1) and Claire St.Claire (Gallery 2). The Workshop Centre (Gallery 3) at times is also used to exhibit work
The City of Campbelltown is situated 53 kilometres from Sydney and covers an area of 312 square kilometres from Glenfield in the north, Menangle Park in the south, the Scenic Hills in the west and the Georges River in the east.
A wide range of cultural and educational facilities have been provided in recent years. The City has a large campus of the University of Western Sydney, two TAFE Colleges and a wide variety of private and government schools.
Encircling thirty-two suburbs, Campbelltown has become a cosmopolitan urban city set in a rural background. It combines both the opportunities of business and facilities for recreation in a pleasant environment, offering a wide range of options for work, education, recreation and community activities.
Mt Annan Botanical Gardens (02) 4648 2477
Stables Museum (02) 4628 0469
Koshigaya Park, opposite Gallery
Historic buildings and sites in Campbeltown area, call the Campbelltown and Airds Historical Society (02) 4628 0469
Quondong Visitor Information Centre (02) 4645 4921.