Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest is set on the western bank of the Nepean River at the foot of the Blue Mountains at Emu Plains, and was established in 1981 at the former home and property of sculptor Gerald Lewers and painter Margo Lewers. Each year tens of thousands of visitors delight in the Gallery’s dynamic exhibitions, events, education programs, splendid gardens and weekend café.
Within our beautiful heritage setting we aim to develop and maintain a visual arts centre of excellence and diversity for the enjoyment and benefit of the people of Penrith, the surrounding region and beyond. The Gallery develops and presents ongoing programs and activities that:
• refer to and involve the people, place and history of Penrith and western Sydney
• refer to and involve the history and significance of the Gallery’s collection and site
• present contemporary visual arts and crafts practice
• investigate relevant areas of Australian art history and scholarship.
As a result, our cultural and education programs are diverse, stimulating and relevant to our audiences, community and contemporary environment.
Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest is a project of Penrith City Council, which continues its generous support of the Gallery alongside a range of public and private sector partners and sponsors including ArtsNSW and SITA Environmental Solutions.
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (PP&VA) was established in 2007, and is an internationally unique (and ambitious) amalgam of the visual arts, performing arts and arts education.
PP&VA produces and presents dynamic cultural and arts education programs for the people of Penrith, western Sydney and beyond, and comprises:
– Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest
– Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
– Q Theatre Company
– Penrith Conservatorium of Music
To develop and deliver cultural programs and infrastructure that enriches, educates and empowers our communities and audiences. We believe that:
– Our communities and audiences deserve the very best in cultural programs, entertainment and arts education.
– The Arts assist in achieving community engagement and cohesion, and are central to creativity.
– Creativity nourishes and stimulates the health and vibrancy of our communities.
– The Arts are integral to innovation and the creative economy.
PP&VA is committed to:
– Access and equity
– Cultural excellence and innovation
– Community engagement and collaboration
– Celebrating our local (and regional) communities and their stories
– Inspiring and educating the youth of our community
– Respecting our communities and audiences.
PP&VA is a Company Limited by Guarantee, and a controlled entity of Penrith City Council. Managed by a community based Board of Management PP&&VA receives ongoing subsidy from Penrith City Council (as well as private and public sector funding – particularly ArtsNSW).
PP&VA – Value to our Community
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is acknowledged regionally, nationally (and internationally) for its dynamic cultural programs and excellent cultural facilities, and specifically:
– Develops and delivers a unique blend of visual and performing arts programs, events and activities of excellence
– Provides community focused performing and visual arts education programs
– Attracts audiences and visitors to Penrith and our region
– Provides employment for artists and performers living and working in our region
– Presents artists of national and international renown for the people of Penrith and our region
– Presents exhibitions and performances throughout Australia and internationally
– Specialises in the development of cross art form synergies and community development projects
– Is a cultural hub and economic driver for Penrith
– Provides affordable and accessible cultural infrastructure for Penrith and our region.