About us

About us
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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), Outloud, Bankstown Art Society, Bankstown and District Lapidary Club Inc. and Bankstown Theatre Company.

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Our Site & Tenant Organisations


 

 

Utphttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/arts-centre/about-us/urban-theatre-projects-(utp)Utp​Bankstown Arts Centre houses the Urban Theatre Projects; contemporary theatre based on the stories, images and cultural practice of Sydney's diverse communities.
Site and buildingshttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/arts-centre/about-us/site-and-buildingsSite and buildings
Bankstown Art Society (BAS)https://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/arts-centre/about-us/bankstown-art-society-(bas)Bankstown Art Society (BAS)​​The Bankstown Art Society is a membership organisation at the Arts Centre. It is a brilliant society which offers classes in painting and drawing for children, adults ​and more.
Bankstown & District Lapidary Clubhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/arts-centre/about-us/bankstown-district-lapidary-clubBankstown & District Lapidary ClubThe beautiful stones are lovingly cut, polished and made into jewellery and other crafts by our Bankstown & District Lapidary Club (BDLC).
Bankstown Theatre Companyhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/arts-centre/about-us/bankstown-theatre-companyBankstown Theatre Company​​​The Bankstown Theatre Company calls Bankstown Arts Centre its home. It produces three public performances per year, with musical productions as the genre they most favour.
Outloudhttps://cbcity.nsw.gov.au/arts-centre/about-us/outloudOutloudOutloud