New South Wales
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest is set on the western bank of the Nepean River at the foot of the Blue Mountains at Emu Plains, and was established in 1981 at the former home and property of sculptor Gerald Lewers and painter Margo Lewers. Each year tens of thousands of visitors delight in the Gallery’s dynamic exhibitions, events, education programs, splendid gardens and weekend café.
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
Opened 17 November 2012, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre features the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition which is devoted to education about the distinctive environment, history and culture of the Blue Mountains region. The Cultural Centre is co-located with the new Katoomba Library.
The Cultural Centre showcases innovative, diverse, distinctive and creative cultural programs for enjoyment by residents of, and visitors to, the Blue Mountains.
The Scene - Blue Mountains
WHERE THE LOCALS GO FOR THEIR INFORMATION—
The Blue Mountains community has a special relationship with its local paper, the Gazette. You only need to leaf through a copy to see how well it reflects the many aspects of our lives. There are over 35,000 copies printed weekly and delivered free throughout this widely scattered region. Two favourites within the paper are the Letters to the Editor and the Arts pages. Nowadays you don’t even have to crawl around in the bushes on a rainy evening to find your precious copy, you can go straight to the high-tech e-edition. The Gazette is where you find many of the latest arts events for the week.
Subscribe to Blue Mountains City of the Arts e-News
The next most useful source of up-to-the-minute information on arts events is compiled weekly by Blue Mountains City Council in its City of the Arts e-News available to subscribers. This is information which has been forwarded to Council by arts bodies and individuals and includes the program at the Council’s Cultural Centre in Katoomba as well as many of the musical and theatrical events which are neglected in other what’s ons. You do not need to be a member of Tourism to have your event included in the newsletter, which makes Council’s e-News a much more interesting and authentic listing.
Blue Mountains City Library Services
Katoomba library's beautifully designed and welcoming space is always packed with browsers, checking out the latest publications, relaxing in comfortable armchairs, using the computers and enjoying the stunning view to the escarpment. Look up opening times of this library and other local libraries and the regular program of author readings and other events.
Photo: Adrian Baljeu, Sublime’s Moon
ESPECIALLY FOR VISITORS—
Blue Mountains Tourism has a high profile in the promotion of information about events and activities in a region with an economy almost entirely reliant on tourism. There is good information to be found under Events for the current and next month, including many popular community fairs and festivals. Listings under galleries and other arts-related businesses and activities are limited to those which are members of Tourism.
The two important visitors’ centres at Glenbrook and Echo Point have, interestingly, detached themselves from the main Blue Mountains Tourism body and are producing a very informative what’s on, although their galleries section is pretty much identical to the other Tourism site. This may also be a reflection of the rather downbeat gallery scene not only in our region, but nationwide.
An excellent website with a wealth of useful information
for the Blue Mountains Wonderland magazine — a colourful and informative publication featuring many of the region’s most important commercial arts-related businesses, museums and galleries.
Create your own ‘What’s On’
If you would like to do something out of the ordinary while visiting the Mountains, or have a group of friends or family visiting you here or you know you will be coming to the Mountains and want to plan something unusual to do, why not use our Arts Blue Mountains directory imaginatively.
Lyn Hart is a wellknown potter with a beautifully equipped studio, gallery and Japanese-inspired garden in Leura who holds regular classes but who could also offer a short potting event for a group www.hartceramics.com.au
John Ellison is a high profile and well respected Blue Mountains artist and writer who runs unusual and stimulating courses for creative people to recharge your batteries or to stimulate the creative juices - in Katoomba www.harrisonandellison.com
Experiences such as these would be individually tailored, for a minimum number of people and so requiring some lead time.
Photo: Bischoff (left) and Piguenit in the Grose Valley, 1875 (Blue Mountains Historical Society)