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:
One of Australia’s most beautiful regional galleries presenting world class exhibitions.
A superb venue presenting the best in music, theatre and dance.
Presenting and producing great Australian theatre.
Providing music education for everyone.
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts - Vision
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 entertainment and arts education.
- The Arts assist in achieving community engagement and cohesion.
- The Arts 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.
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts - Values
- 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.
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Structure
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 employs 17 full-time staff, 11 part-time staff (and 203 performing and visual arts tutors).
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts - Value to the Community
Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is acknowledged regionally, nationally (and internationally) for its dynamic cultural programs and superb 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 superb, affordable and accessible cultural infrastructure for Penrith and our region.