NETWORKS AND GROUPS
Penrith Disability Arts and Culture Network – Sylvanvale Foundation, Penrith City Council and Accessible Arts have established a regional disability arts & culture network for people who live or work in Penrith.
Accessible Arts NSW – the peak arts and disability organisation across New South Wales. Accessible Arts promotes and provides opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in arts and cultural activities either as audience members; through attending galleries, theatres, museums and festivals; or as participants in art, drama, music, dance and multimedia activities; and by developing as professional artists.
Artfiles – a portal to the arts in Western Sydney and anchors the ICE artist professional development project. Artfiles provides connection, information and promotion for Western Sydney’s arts sector and includes a weekly e-news.
Urban Theatre Projects – inspiring us with compelling new performance works, inspired by real people and their lives, and based in Bankstown NSW.
Information and Culture Exchange (ICE)– an dynamic organisation working at the intersection of arts, technology and community. For over 25 ICE have run a program of activities that enable communities and artists to tell the stories of Greater Western Sydney. Their current projects include Digital storytelling and self expression, documentary support and training as well as supporting Artfiles and artists development.
Women with Disabilities Australia (WWDA) – the national peak organisation for women with disabilities in Australia, run by women with disabilities, for women with disabilities. Pages include Personal Stories and Poems by Women with Disabilities.
PCYC Penrith is situated on the corner of Station street & Union road, just at the edge of the Penrith CBD. Penrith PCYC offers activities for people of all ages and Ability Programs for people with disabilities, such as Burn Rubber Burn fitness, archery and sports and social clubs. See the weekly program for more info.
The Joan – Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre is at 597 High Street, Penrith (next to the Penrith Plaza shopping centre and Penrith Library). It is acknowledged regionally, nationally (and internationally) for its dynamic cultural programs and superb cultural facilities, including Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Q Theatre Company and Penrith Conservatorium of Music. Morning Melodies is a monthly matinee program that provides great experiences for people with special accessibility needs.
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest– is at 86 River Road, Emu Plains on the western bank of the Nepean River at the foot of the Blue Mountains at Emu Plains. Each year tens of thousands of visitors delight in the Gallery’s dynamic exhibitions, events, education programs, splendid gardens and weekend café. The Gallery develops and presents ongoing programs and activities that involve the people, place and history of Penrith and western Sydney and present contemporary visual arts and crafts practice.
Magnetic Places – Penrith City Council’s Magnetic Places Community Cultural Grants Program, is an exciting pilot initiative providing support to local community groups to develop activities, programs and events that enliven and invigorate local community meeting places across the Penrith Local Government Area.
Digital Bites – 2011 digital storytelling workshop through partnership between ICE and The Multicultural Disability Advocacy and Association that provided skills in digital arts and storytelling to young people who have a sibling with a disability.