The Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust was created to build on the City’s reputation of being the State’s inaugural City of the Arts. The Trust administers the City of the Arts Grants Program, to which Council makes an annual contribution of $50,000.  

The Trust’s primary objectives are to: 

  • Support the local arts industry and strengthen the cultural fabric of the Blue Mountains
  • Encourage arts quality and innovation
  • Engage local communities and visitors in arts and cultural activities, as both participants and audiences.

The Trust Advisory Committee makes recommendations to the Blue Mountains City Council each year to support selected arts projects in the visual, performing and literary arts for the benefit of Blue Mountains residents.

Donate to the Trust

Donations to the Trust help build a strong & vibrant arts culture in the region by bolstering the reach of the City of the Arts Grants Program, which directly supports local arts projects. The Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust has both Tax Deductible Gift Recipient status (TDGR) and Charity Tax Concession status (TCC) and can receive donations to support arts and cultural activity within the Blue Mountains. Please contact the Cultural Development Coordinator at Council, Katrina Noorbergen to discuss your contribution: knoorbergen@bmcc.nsw.gov.au.

Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust Committee – Expressions of Interest 2022

Blue Mountains City Council is currently seeking new members to join the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust Advisory Committee, commencing 2022 for a three year term. The key activity of the Advisory Committee is assessing applications to the City of the Arts Grants Program. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of the arts in the Blue Mountains. Individuals with strong arts interest and experience and who live or work in the Blue Mountains are encouraged to apply. 

For more information and to apply, please download the application form below and forward to Katrina Noorbergen: knoorbergen@bmcc.nsw.gov.au by 5pm, October 18 2021.

Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust Grants Program 2021

The 2021 program awarded more than $81,000 in grants to support the projects of ten local artists and arts workers. 

The successful candidates were:

  • Accessible Film Making, Bus Stop Films
  • Mt Victoria Festival of the Moving Image, Modern Art Projects Blue Mountains
  • Space, Time, Light, Yvette Hamilton
  • Dark Side of The Blue - The Board Game, Kellie Mar
  • Big Family Circus Picnic, Tamour Bloomfield
  • Mountain People, Jonathan Hibbert
  • Underground, Miriam Williamson
  • Live at the Village: Mara! Big Band Young BM Musician Project, Gary Daley
  • Of Place / In Place, Peter Kennard
  • In Case of Fire – Poetry book project, Michel Streich

Please follow Blue Mountains City of the Arts on Facebook for 2021 grant project updates and future opportunities: https://www.facebook.com/cityofthearts/