The Arts

Public art throughout Parramatta's streets, laneways and parks paints only a small picture of the diverse arts offering in the area. Whether you are interested in a matinee at Riverside Theatres, scoping out commissioned public art around town, dropping into the appointment gallery space at Parramatta Artists Studios, checking out a contemporary or digital performance at Connect Studios, taking a self-guided heritage art trail walk or visiting the Female Orphan School and Margaret Whitlam Galleries, there is something to intrigue all visitors and locals alike. 

Photo by Alex Wisser

Parramatta Artists Studios

Parramatta Artists Studios is at the fore of contemporary artistic production. Located in the centre of Parramatta’s CBD, in the heart of Western Sydney, the Studios offer affordable non-residential/residential studio and exhibition space to emerging and established contemporary artists.

Parramatta Artists Studios contains fourteen non-residential studios and 1 residential studio and focuses on contemporary artistic practice including painting, sculpture, film and digital media. Parramatta Artists Studios contributes to the broader community through an annual program of events, workshops and arts activities. Activities revolve around the making, learning and sharing of contemporary arts in all its forms. 

Parramatta Artists Studios is an Initiative of the City of Parramatta and is supported by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.


Photo: Alex Wisser

Artist Elena Papanikolakis in her studio at Parramatta Artists Studios, 2015. Photo by Alex Wisser

2017 artists in residence. Photo by Andrew Vincent

2017 Resident Studio Artists

Khadim Ali

Kate Beckingham

Penelope Cain

Emma Fielden

Annie McKinnon

Catherine O'Donnell

Salote Tawale

Hannah Toohey

Cigdem Aydemir

Harriet Body

Kalanjay Dhir

Caroline Garcia

Anna McMahon

Marikit Santiago

Shireen Taweel

Garry Trinh


Artist Hannah Toohey in her studio at Parramatta Artists Studios, 2016. Photo Alex Wisser

2017 artists in residence Catherine O'Donnell and Anna McMahon. Photo by Alex Wisser

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