Painting and Mixed Media with Tim Allen


11 October – 29 November
10:30am – 1pm
$310 / $290 Insight Members 
Bookings essential at reception or by calling 47805410

This workshop will focus on a fresh and bold approach to observational painting and drawing. Tim will demonstrate a range of techniques in ink, mixed media, acrylic and oil painting, offering new skills and ideas for both beginners and experienced students. An understanding of mark-making and layering techniques in each of these media will then help the students respond creatively to a range of observational subjects; these will include still life, interiors and landscape. There will be also plenty of individual feedback as students develop their own unique approaches and styles.

Artist Biography:
Tim Allen has been exhibiting his work professionally for over 20 years. He has been a finalist multiple times in many of Australia’s leading art prizes, including the Wynne Prize, the Dobell Prize, the Kedumba Drawing Award and many others. In 2014 his work was featured in Artist Profile magazine. He exhibits with Defiance Gallery in Sydney and NockArt Gallery in Hong Kong. Tim is also a very enthusiastic teacher, having taught for many years at TAFE and at art workshops around Australia. Tim lives and works in the Blue Mountains.

The Beginning of a Thing; The Art of Flowers. A Floral Workshop with Leahlani Johnson


Saturday 2 September
10:30am – 1pm
$75 – $70 Insight Members
Bookings at Reception or by calling 4780 5410
Working with a variety of seasonal flowers the workshop will introduce participants to several approaches of working with the living material. Some of the techniques covered in the workshop will include flower pressing, basics of floral arranging, installation methods and discussion surrounding the historical context of the flower within art practice.

Leahlani Johnson completed a Master of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design in 2015 is a trained and experienced floral designer and educator, who employs living plant material in her art practice.

Dambu-Waa Ngurra – To Paint the Country

3 July – 23 July
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Seminar Room



Susan Bell – Aranawan
Nicole Boorudoo Parsons – Yuin
Kristine King – Wiradjuri
Annette Lavender – Bundjalung
Teekee Marloo – Palawa
Pippa Smith – Wiradjuri
Leanne TobinShay Tobin – Darug
Dianne Ussher – Darug (Burramadigal)
Anthony Vale – Darug (Buruberonga)
Uncle Ed Walker – Dharawal

This exhibition consists of a collection of artworks by Aboriginal students involved in a TAFE Outreach course called Dambu-Waa Ngurra: Painting the Country, facilitated by established artist and teacher Leanne Tobin.

The course allows Aboriginal community members of any age to learn painting skills and strengthen their connection with their own Aboriginal identity while simultaneously learning about country – the country where their people come from and their connection to where they live now; the Blue Mountains.

Many of the participants of this class, through circumstances beyond their control, have been disconnected from their traditional families and communities often as a result of trans-generational trauma and/ or government intervention. Several have been adopted, others went through foster care, were made a ward of the state or brought up on a mission. Some have never painted before while others have been painting for many years and have utilised this class to explore other aspects and techniques to add to their art practice.

Dambu-Waa Ngurra: Painting the Country has become in a sense, a way to deal with the past; a vehicle for sharing and learning. Many of the classes involve informal discussions about cultural matters and through research and sharing, the students explore and discover more about who they are and where they’re from.

The students bring with them their own cultural knowledge and stories. It is a class filled with laughter, comradery and courage. Sad stories are shared and the burden is lessened with each retelling. All students come with their areas of expertise and all are happy to share what they know.

These paintings continue the age-old cultural practice of sharing stories. The artists included in this exhibition graciously allow others a glimpse into their own personal journeys.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and the artists acknowledge that the City of the Blue Mountains is located on the traditional lands of the Darug and Gundungurra peoples.

A NAIDOC Week exhibition

 IMAGE: LEANNE TOBIN One Sister Sleeping 2017, acrylic paint on canvas

Digital Photography with David Brazil


Saturday 5 August
10am – 3pm
$150 / $145 Insight Members
Bookings at Reception or by calling 4780-5410

In conjunction with the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will be holding a one day, hands on, digital photography workshop. This workshop is for beginners and photography enthusiasts that are looking for inspiration and knowledge to deepen their connection to photographic practice. This is a practical workshop with an emphasis on doing; trying new techniques and experimenting with different approaches to subjects. Over the course of the day all participants will have a chance to try their hand at 3 practical demonstrations. Participants will need a digital camera, preferably a digital SLR with interchangeable lenses, but any camera will do. If you have a tripod, please bring it along.

David Brazil is a photographic artist and educator based in the Blue Mountains. His work has been exhibited at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in 2013-2014 and he also exhibited as part of the HeadOn photo festival for the past 4 years.

Flower Art Sessions


Flower Art Sessions 
10:30am – 2pm
For more information please call 4780 5410


Over the next four weeks we’ll be welcoming any and all people that would like to contribute to Leahlani Johnson’s major flower based installation which will be displayed at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, City Art Gallery from mid-August as part of Leahlani’s Expose Exhibition. Whether you can donate 10mins or 2hrs of your time we’d love your contribution.

Unfortunately due to the delicate nature of the work this task is not suitable for children 15 years and under.

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Collection

3 June – 25 June


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 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre: New Acquisitions will showcase the latest additions to the Collection including works by Leo Robba, Euan Macleod, Robert Malherbe, Chris Tobin (Darug) and Hayley West.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition


Image: CHRIS TOBIN Autralian Landscape 2016, open-bite etching, 37 x 49 cm

Tracey Moffatt from the MAMA collection

8 July – 13 August 2017










Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most successful international artists, known for her film, photography and video works. Drawing on cinema, television and the media, her art is equally inspired by popular culture, recollections from her childhood and art history. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), and features photographs from Moffatt’s Something More, Scarred for Life and Some Lads series. Moffatt began her career as an experimental filmmaker and producer of music videos, and she continued making films after establishing herself as an artist. She first came to prominence in the Australian art world with her series Something More. Commissioned in 1989 by the Albury Regional Art Gallery, now MAMA, the series set the tone and themes for much of Moffatt’s later work and is accompanied by other works from the MAMA collection.

A touring exhibition from the MAMA collection




Captions: TRACEY MOFFATT (1960) Something More # 3 1989, Cibachrome photograph. Commissioned by MAMA with funds from Visual Arts/Craft Board of the Australia Council, Aboriginal Arts Committee of the Australia Council, the Exhibitions Development Fund of the Regional Galleries Association of New South Wales and the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts, 1989. MAMA collection

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

1 July – 13 August


Blue Mountains City Art Gallery is the first venue in The National Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 tour. The  exhibition is selected from a national field of entries, reflecting the distinctive vision of Australia’s aspiring and professional portrait photographers and the unique nature of their subjects.

A National Portrait Gallery exhibition

Image: GARY GREALY Richard Morecroft and Alison Mackay 2016



This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

Kurt Sorensen Public Programs

Kurt Sorensen – Solitude is Desolation – Artist Talk and Film Screening
Saturday 27 May, 11am – 3pm (with an hour lunch break)
Free with gallery ticket

From 11am, join exhibiting Artist, Kurt Sorensen and special guest Courtney Colins for a free lunchtime talk and Q&A about his exhibition Solitude is Desolation. From 1:30 – 3pm, join Kurt for an introduction to and film screening of iconic Australian Film, Picnic at Hanging Rock.

Workshop | Alternative Photographic Processes with Kurt Sorensen
Saturday 17 June
10:30am – 12:30pm
$60 / $55 Insight Members

Artist Kurt Sorensen will take participants on an exploration of analogue photography where he will anecdotally share both his theoretical and practical approaches to analogue image making, with an emphasis on the cyanotype process.

Bookings essential at reception or by calling 47805410.

Vivid Portraiture with Freedom Wilson


Wednesday 12 July
10am – 3pm
$70 / $65 Insight Members
Bookings essential at Reception or by calling 4780 5410
Suitable for ages 7 – 12 years

This winter school holidays kid’s workshop is inspired by 2017 National Photographic Portrait Prize, which will be on show in our City Art Gallery from 1 July – 13 August. Led by local Artist, Freedom Wilson, students will create two printed portraits onto MDF board. The first will depict their own profile and story and the second is a tribute to someone who has been a strong influential figure in their lives. Students will learn screen printing and collage techniques to create the works.

Image courtesy of artist; Freedom Wilson.