CASULA POWERHOUSE GOES DIGITAL
Thanks for joining us and welcome to our 'Digital Program' page. We're continuing to bring you our digital program during COVID-19 and we'll update this page with new content as it arrives.
We've got workshops, art activities for the kids, exhibition walk-through's, 3D Virtual tours, music performances from emerging Western Sydney musicians, cooking classes, garden tips and so much more. Hopefully we've been keeping you entertained during lockdown, after lockdown and everything that comes at us in between. We aim to continue to keep you entertained as restrictions start to ease.
On advice from the NSW State Government and health officials, we have been able to re-open our doors. All our galleries are now open and our in-house restaurant has re-opened. Our Theatre remains closed until further notice. If you would like to visit us, we'd love to see you! We have in place strict social distancing rules (1.5 metres), limits on the capacity of each gallery, and each area of our venue. We're a registered COVID-safe venue and would love for you to be able to enjoy our digital program, as well as come in and see the works in real life, to enjoy the dining experience, and to peruse our large spaces offering many surprising art experiences.
In these uncertain times however we can be sure that the arts are more relevant than ever. We'll do our best to keep you connected to the artists, performers and companies that you were looking forward to seeing over the coming months and we'll let you know as events, exhibitions, films and theatre comes back to being live in our venue. Until then we'll share with you in the digital world and look forward to engaging into the future with you.
Our resident youth company have some hidden talents and we welcome you to check them out in their CPAC Live Iso sessions from CPAC Youth. We've also got some familiar faces sharing a tune or two with you while in isolation. Click here to see more.
Bittersweet Online Film Screening:
Don't Forget to Go Home (2020) & The Land Has Eyes (2004)
Tuesday 6 October | 7pm
Bookings close 3pm on Tuesday 6 October
Join us for this free online film screening presented as a companion to our current exhibition Bittersweet!
Bittersweet presents iTaukei and Indo-Fijian artists who share their experiences of living in diaspora as well as the connection to their island home: Fiji. It is a talanoa: a laying down of artworks and stories some sweet, and some bitter.
This online film screening presents two films made by filmmakers with deep connections to Fiji. Much like the artists in the exhibition, these filmmakers interpret ideas around language and stories, and what it means to have a connection to place.
The online film screening will be introduced by Craig Donarski (Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre) and Shivanjani Lal (Curator, Bittersweet)
Both films will be subtitled in English. Please note the short film is unclassified but we recommend adults only.
Read more about the films here
We have some fantastic ways for you to access our exhibitions online. Visit our exhibitions page where you can access information about each show and download the catalogue. We'll also be including some virtual 3D tours, walkthrough's with curators and more. Click here to read more
In the video below, artist and curator, Shivanjani Lal gives us an introduction to Bittersweet, a poignant showcase of contemporary Fijian art and storytelling, focusing on the ways in which ideas around food, language, and art are interpreted by those living in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
With our growing urban footprint and increasingly adverse effects of climate change, the loss of species and habitats is becoming all too common. Yet, for tens of thousands of years this same land has sustained life – creating habitats, food, cooling the environment and supporting cleaner air and waterways.
So, how, as our city expands, can we reignite our vital connection with land, water, flora and fauna? And bring bush land back into our urban environment?
The Seeds of our City exhibition, borne out of a collaboration between Arup, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (CPAC) and Liverpool City Council, opens up community and professional conversations around maintaining biodiversity and enabling continued connection to nature in the context of a rapidly growing city.
We've also got some great opportunities for artists to engage, apply and create work for. See below for a list of current opportunities.
Check out our first ever 3D vitual tour here. Pulse of the Dragon comes to life in your own home.
Have a look at our Kids Gallery exhibition, which celebrates friendships.
We know you are looking for activities for the kids that are fun and educational at the same time. Our usual school holiday workshops have been transformed into online video content for you to watch and play along with worksheets and engaging activities.
Our Public Programs and Education Team has designed a range of activities that will enable you to channel your creativity in Term 3. On advice from the NSW State Government and health officials, we have been able to re-open our doors. We have considered the capacity of each workshop to ensure that we adhere to social distancing rules (1.5 metres). Participants must continue to comply with the NSW Government’s social distancing and hygiene requirements.
WOW at Home is our gift to you. We have made a creativity pack, where you will be able to play, create and make art. There is something for everyone, including the grown-ups! Each activity has been designed to allow for exploration, creativity and thinking. These are not just art activities but opportunities to really let children lead the way through art. The creativity pack can be downloaded here
CPAC Strings is a new digital classical music performance series where some of Western Sydney's most talented emerging classical musicians perform vibrant musical interludes to our world class theatre.
Audiences love watching the fabulous John Watson whenever he performs here at CPAC. While in isolation, John created a short video that gives us a glimpse into the glitz and glamour that normally accompany his shows.
Did you know CPAC has a restaurant on-site? We've got two of our very own chefs who are willing to share their recipes, tips and techniques. Get your inner gourmand inspired to make something delicious at home with ingredients that you have in your pantry. Tag @bellbirddining when you post photos of your creations on social media, and let us know what you think.
Get tips and tricks in our on-site kitchen garden with Lauren Booth our resident gardener for CPAC. Want to know what to plant right now? Lauren gives us a look around the garden that feeds our on-site restaurant Bellbird Dining & Bar where 40% of our produce is picked straight from our garden, creating a selection of modern Australian dishes using locally-sourced seasonal produce that draw influences from French, Asian and South American cuisines.
Casula Powerhouse's Director, Craig Donarski gives audiences an intimate backstage tour of CPAC. You'll get to hear about the fascinating stories, historical details and what goes behind the scenes in one of Sydney's most unique cultural organisations.
Hear stories about Casula Powerhouse from the people who know it best. The staff at CPAC take you backstage, share ghost stories and more.
Listen to perspectives from the artists and creatives that we've worked with. You can also click here to see an archive of all of the exhibitions that have been featured at Casula Powerhouse.
GIRLS TALK WOMENS WORK 2019
International Women’s Day is a global celebration of a variety of women’s achievements, as well as identifying gender inequality and imbalance. CPAC presented an incredible event celebrating women through conversations with incredible thought-leaders from the community. There were three panels that recognise the role, impact and perspectives of women in the following areas: Culture, Identity and Motherhood. These conversations seek to empower women in different stages of life, as our panellists are each from different cultural & professional backgrounds.