The Collection: New Acquisitions

24 March – 6 May 2018

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection is continuously growing. Each artwork is selected based on its excellence, relevance, value and ability to celebrate the cultural identity of the Blue Mountains. The exhibition The Collection: New Acquisitions will showcase the latest additions to the Collection including works by James Blackwell, Locust Jones, Koichi Ishino, Bernard Ollis, Wendy Sharpe and Kurt Sorensen.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition

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BERNARD OLLIS Tourists on the Grand Canal 2009, two plate etching, edition 21/30, 25 x 33 cm. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gift Program by Ian and Anne Smith






Now in its fifth year, this fundraiser exhibition supports the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s Collection Acquisition Fund. Over 80 original artworks by prominent artists will be for sale through silent auction. Take this opportunity to start your own collection while supporting the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition


All Collectors’ Edition #5 works are for sale through silent auction. Bidding opens at the exhibition launch on Friday 23 March and final bids are recorded at the closing function on Friday 6 April, at the ring of the 7pm bell. At this time, the five works that have attracted the highest bids are verbally auctioned. Each artwork is successfully purchased by the bidder with the highest bid at the close of the silent and verbal auctions.

To receive a bidder number you must register with our staff in the Gallery during the exhibition period. A registration fee applies to all bidders – $5 [inc. GST], which then includes free entry to the Gallery for the remainder of the exhibition.


Join artists and collectors alike for the opening of Collectors’ Edition #5, which aims to raise funds for the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s Collection Acquisition Fund while showcasing the creative talents of our local artist community. Previous artworks acquired thanks to funds raised through the Collection Acquisition Fund include works by Euan Macleod and Locust Jones. Be amazed by the innovative ways the same A5 boards are transformed by artists you know and artists yet to be discovered!

RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.


The Closing Auction of Collectors’ Edition is fast becoming the not-to-be-missed social event of the year! Come along and see what all the fuss is about, and maybe even pick up a work or two by your favourite local artist and support the growth of the Cultural Centre’s permanent collection in the process!

RSVP appreciated at Reception or 4780 5410.



24 March – 6 May

In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of Australia’s Greater Blue Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre hosts the World Heritage Artist in Residence Program. This initiative awards a 6-week artist residency to one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by a solo exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.

Canadian artist Karen Miranda Abel was selected as the 2017-2018 World Heritage Artist in Residence. Her exhibition Liminal Refugia is an atmospheric, embodied reflection on the deep time interrelationships between earth (stone), water (rain) and fire (sunlight) that manifest in the ancient Triassic sandstone caves of the Greater Blue Mountains. Highlighting the fragility and mysterious purity of these timeless, shrouded ecologies, Abel’s site-specific field research included traversing to exemplary caves in the remote bushland of the Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition

Karen Miranda Abel has been supported by the Ontario Arts Council




KAREN MIRANDA ABEL Gardens of Stone: Cave I 2017, steel, natural patina, Blue Mountains rainwater, 240 x 120 cm. Image courtesy the artist