Located on the edge of Sydney, Campbelltown Arts Centre (C-A-C) is in a unique position to forge collaborative exchanges between artists, disciplines and communities. These opportunities allow for new curatorial situations to occur and challenging streams of practice to be realised. C-A-C is a national leader in the delivery of an expanding high quality community engaged contemporary artistic program. C-A-C is located on Tharawal land, with strong ties with Aboriginal Elders and community and is owned and managed by Campbelltown City Council.
Using the edge as a starting point, C-A-C creates a secure platform for communities and artists to take risks, challenge perceptions, confront issues, ask questions and create experiences through the commissioning of new works that invite collaboration, partnership, local/national/international dialogue, the collision of emerging and traditional techniques, and cross-disciplinary approaches. This is achieved by placing contemporary artists at the forefront of our programming, through an open process of consultation with our communities in south-west Sydney and beyond, the continuation of our key strategic priority areas, and diversification of our resource base to deliver a program that profiles contemporary visual arts, performance, dance, music, live art and emergent practices.
C-A-C creates new partnerships with like national and international galleries, theatre and dance companies (of similar aesthetic/thematic styles, organisational structure, resource base and scale) to co-commission new contemporary works through residencies and collaborations with Australian and international artists that are relevant to the diasporas living in south-west Sydney. South West Sydney (Western Sydney), one of the nation’s most rapidly changing regions, now more culturally and economically diverse than ever. It is home to 2 million residents representing over half the world’s nations. It is the third largest economy in Australia and home to one third the NSW population.
C-A-C currently consists of a 184 seat performance studio, rehearsal studio, workshop studios, library, exhibition spaces, café, collection facilities, residency studio, retail outlet and an external amphitheatre with capacity for 2000 people.
Campbelltown Arts Centre is a cultural facility of Campbelltown City Council and is assisted by the NSW Government through Create NSW and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Art, its funding and advisory body, and receives support from the Crown Resorts Foundation and the Packer Family Foundation.