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, participating in a performance or workshop from Parramatta Artists' 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.
Parramatta Artists' Studios(Back to top)
About Parramatta Artists Studios
Parramatta Artists’ Studios (PAS) is the energetic home for creative production in Western Sydney. We empower and equip artists to build thriving and sustainable creative lives. We nurture ideas and experimentation, supporting artists to take risks. We work to establish and strengthen peer and professional communities in the contemporary art sector.
We have supported hundreds of artists since opening in 2006 and have a growing community of alumni who are at the forefront of contemporary artistic practice in Australia.
Through our supported studio facilities in Granville (upcoming) and Rydalmere, as well as our digital residencies, we offer studio tenancies, residencies, career development opportunities and community-connected programs. These programs connect artists with Parramatta’s wider communities and contribute to its vibrant culture.
About the Rydalmere Studios
Parramatta Artists’ Studios Rydalmere is situated on the land of the Burramattagal clan of the Dharug people.
The 104ha Rydalmere industrial precinct is located three kilometres from the Parramatta CBD and adjoins the Western Sydney University (WSU) Parramatta campus.
The precinct is characterised by industrial and business uses ranging from panel beaters to tile manufacturers and a specialist hobby store. Further relevant businesses located nearby on Victoria Road include a hardware store, tools supplier and electronics retailer.
Studio location: 22 Mary Parade, Rydalmere.
PAS Granville applications are now open
Parramatta Artists’ Studios welcomes studio applications for our new Granville site. Launching in February 2024, PAS Granville replaces our past Parramatta CBD location. This site will join our existing Rydalmere studios and add fourteen new studios to Western Sydney.
The Granville Studios offer:
- Space for artists from any stage in their career
- One-year tenancies
- Twelve (12) individual studios
- A studio for First Nations practice and collaborations (not available through this application)
- A studio for short term Artists-in-Residence (not available through this application)
- Communal spaces for collaborative work and hot desk working spaces
Find out more and view a floorplan in the Granville Studio guide
Applications are open now through SmartyGrants and will close on Monday 27 November 2023, midnight AEDT.
We acknowledge that online application forms aren’t for everyone. If you would like to apply a different way, video, audio, over the phone, for example, please reach out to Claire Finneran at email@example.com or 02 9806 5823 during business hours.
Work by Liam Benson, 5 cards, commissioned by Parramatta Artists' Studios. Photo by Jacquie Manning.
2023–25 PAS Rydalmere Studio Artists(Back to top)
The 2023–25 Parramatta Artists’ Studios Rydalmere Studio Artists are Serwah Attafuah, Billy Bain, HOSSEI, Owen Leong, Jodie Whalen, and Min Wong. These diverse artists represent an exciting cross-section of art forms, bringing generations of creativity, innovation, and experience from across Greater Sydney to our growing PAS community. Read more about our Studio Artists below.
2023–25 PAS Rydalmere Studio Artists, (from left to right): Owen Leong, Min Wong, Serwah Attafuah, Jodie Whalen, HOSSEI, and Billy Bain. Photo: Anna Kučera.
About the artists
Serwah Attafuah is a multidisciplinary artist and musician based on Dharug land in Western Sydney. She creates surreal cyber-dreamscapes and heavenly wastelands, populated by afro-futuristic abstractions of self with strong references to ancestral and contemporary themes and motifs. Read more
Billy Bain is a contemporary Indigenous Australian artist of Dharug descent, the traditional Aboriginal people of Greater Western Sydney. His practice unpacks and challenges presumptions of Australian Identity, subverting and humouring Australia’s colonial iconographies and narratives. Read more
HOSSEI’s performance practice maintains a deep connection to the human voice, and he often works with multiple performers to create collective, choral experiences. These choir performances delve into complex themes including his migrant identity, fantasies and feelings, togetherness, and healing. Read more
Owen Leong is a visual artist working with sculpture, photography, video, and installation to examine the body as both a site of individual experience and a product of social and cultural forces. Leong uses personal mythologies and queer aesthetics to reframe and reimagine masculinities and intimacies. Read more
Living and working between Gadigal and Dharug land, Jodie Whalen’s multidisciplinary practice encompasses video, sound and installation, and delves into concepts informed and appropriated from her own personal history and popular Western culture. Her work offers viewers a site to contemplate the borders of internal and external landscapes, connection, and belief. Read more
Min Wong investigates past and present spiritual movements, utopias and esoteric practices to reimagine and renew ideas of nature, community and spirituality in coexistence. Wong’s multimedia installations reflect on illusion, hope, desire, and failure – modelling speculative worlds as possible futures within the dystopic milieu of contemporary life. Read more
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