BYDS Breakdown – June Newsletter

The winter equinox has passed, the days of fasting for our Muslim brothers and sisters are short, the weather is cold and a Federal election is nigh: all this is happening whilst BYDS projects keep a certain heat and light burning.  

How do our political leaders value the Arts in this country? The Greens and Labor have promised to reinstate the funds that Senator George Brandis stripped from the Australia Council last year and to me that is enough to swing a vote one way and not the other. Think carefully before you jot down those numbers, our future is literally in your hands.

I hope that many of you can visit the Bankstown Arts Centre this coming Saturday to help us celebrate NAIDOC Bankstown style. There will be some wonderful Indigenous entertainment and the inimitable Bankstown based Munki Muk and his renegades will be in full swing by 12 midday.

Hope you can make it.

Tim Carroll, Director

Mashrabiya: Bankstown exhibition

The project is a series of workshops, exhibitions and lectures exploring sacred and inclusive spaces with communities across Bankstown and Penrith. It is funded by the Council of Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR), and through the International Speaker program, aims to present contemporary forms of sacred art and architecture from the Arab world.

The broader goal of the project is to inspire the occupants and designers of our city to contemplate what a more inclusive city may look like.

Students of Sir Joseph Banks High School worked with artists Pamela Maldonaldo and Hussein Nabeel and to design more inclusive, occasionally sacred spaces across the City. 

Bankstown Art Centre, 5 Olympic Parade
RSVP: by Tue 19 July

Mashrabiya: a Glimpse into Sacred Art and Arab Architecture”, is supported by the Australian Government through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade


BYDS and its partners are happy to present activities for this years NAIDOC Week. There is somethign for everyone so have a look at the poster below.

Labor candidate visits Bankstown Arts Centre

BYDS and UTP were happy to have been paid a visit by the Labor candidate for Banks, Chris Gambian. It was a productive talk to hear and exchange ideas about the importance of arts in Australia and South Western Sydney. Chris absolutely knew what was happening locally and nationally.

Slam of Origin

Australia’s greatest poetry event is coming to Bankstown Arts Centre on the 14th of July. The age old rivalry will finally be settled off the playing field and on the stage where it belongs. This one time event, hosted by Matuse, will see Queensland’sBigger Than Poetry go head to head with New South Wales’s Bankstown Poetry Slamfor 3 rounds of rhyme-filled action. Tickets only $10!! Book now here!!