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“Into the Blue Exhibition” @ Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba

Written by Aksel Ritenis

EXHIBITION-“Into the Blue”

(The Blue Mountains World Heritage Listing)

In 2000 the Greater Blue Mountains area was added to the World Heritage List in recognition of the exceptional diversity and integrity of its eucalypt forest communities. It opened in November 2012 as part of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Into the Blue (Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition) and features high-tech interactive exhibitions exploring the natural as well as the social landscapes of this unique area. 

Audiences are invited to navigate their way through these stories through an immersive exhibition experience, introducing them to the richness and wonders of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area.

There is no Admission charge to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, which gives free access to the Library, to the Reception Desk and Shop, to the Courtyard, and to the Café.

Within the Cultural Centre there is a combined Admission Charge to the “Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition” and to the “Blue Mountains City Art Gallery”:

         Adults – $5

         Children under 16 – Free

Tickets purchased under the scheme of Admission Charges are available for use only on the day of issue.

See more at: http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/world-heritage-exhibition/#sthash.C39xX3lr.dpuf

Opened 17 November 2012, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre features the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and World Heritage Exhibition which is devoted to education about the distinctive environment, history and culture of the Blue Mountains region.

The Cultural Centre is co-located with the new Katoomba Library.

 

 

The Cultural Centre showcases innovative, diverse, distinctive and creative cultural programs for enjoyment by residents of, and visitors to, the Blue Mountains.

 

Built on the highest point in Katoomba with panoramic views of the World Heritage area, it links  the main shopping precinct on Katoomba Street through enhanced pedestrian connections.

It is believed the Cultural Centre significantly contributes to the improvement of the economic health and cultural vitality of the Blue Mountains and the surrounding regions.

HOURS OF OPERATION

Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm

Saturday + Sunday – 10am – 4pm

Public Holidays – 10 am – 2 pm (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day)

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EXHIBITION-“Into the Blue”

( Blue Mountains World Heritage Listing)

In 2000 the Greater Blue Mountains area was added to the World Heritage List in recognition of the exceptional diversity and integrity of its eucalypt forest communities. It opened in November 2012 as part of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Into the Blue (Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition) and features high-tech interactive exhibitions exploring the natural as well as the social landscapes of this unique area. 

Audiences are invited to navigate their way through these stories through an immersive exhibition experience, introducing them to the richness and wonders of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area.

There is no Admission charge to the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, which gives free access to the Library, to the Reception Desk and Shop, to the Courtyard, and to the Café.

Within the Cultural Centre there is a combined Admission Charge to the “Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition” and to the “Blue Mountains City Art Gallery”:

         Adults – $5

         Children under 16 – Free

Tickets purchased under the scheme of Admission Charges are available for use only on the day of issue.

See more at: http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/world-heritage-exhibition/#sthash.C39xX3lr.dpuf

Trains arrive at Katoomba Station every hour, and we are only a short journey from the station on foot or bike via Katoomba St or Parke St. We’re directly alongside the Carrington Hotel (you can’t miss the giant smokestack).

Undercover parking (access via Parke St) is available below the Cultural Centre, which also provides elevator access. The Cultural Centre is located on level 1.

Admission fee: 

Adults: $5
Australian concession cardholders: $3
Children under 16: Free

Your admission ticket allows entry to our permanent exhibition Into the Blue and the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.


Find us

Level 1, 30 Parke Street
Katoomba NSW 2780
(02) 4780 5410
ccreception@bmcc.nsw.gov.au

Please make a note that the Cultural Centre will be opening to some different hours this holiday season.

Closed Christmas Day
25 December

Boxing Day
26 December
10am – 2pm

New Years Day
1 January 2020
10am – 2pm

All other days open to our usual operating times.

Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Saturday + Sunday – 10am – 4pm
Public Holidays – 10am-2pm (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).

The Gallery Café opens 9.30am Monday – Sunday. Please access via Café entrance.

CAFE CLOSED PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Katoomba Library hours
Monday – Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Contact the Library front desk for information on public holiday opening hours.

 

Blue Mountains City Art Gallery

 

CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

Blue Mountains Portraits

25 January – 22 March 2020

Blue Mountains Portraits is the Cultural Centre’s annual celebration of the local community and its diverse members. The exhibiting artists portray the unique people that make up the cultural fabric of the Blue Mountains and tell the stories behind the person. Over forty artworks in a broad range of styles and media such as painting, photography, drawing, collage and mixed media will be exhibited together with a selection of local students’ work.

Exhibiting artists are: Amy Bell, Amy Grigg, Anais Grant, Andrew Merry, Anna Di Mezza, Anne Smith, Belle Smith, Ben Pearse, Bette Mifsud, Brigitte Grant, Camille Walsh, Chris Gray, Eloise Maree, Evelyn Argall, Fiona O’Beirne, Frank Boyle, Genelle Smith, Gerlinde Thomas, Helen Mountford, Jody Graham, Karlina Mitchell, Kayo Yokoyama, Kunchok Gyaltsen, Lili Aster Bird, Lynn Godfree, Mandy Schöne-Salter, Marty Walker, Michael Fardon, Neil Stevenson, Nick Stathopoulos, Peter Adams, Pleasance Ingle, Ron Salz, Roslyn Elms, Sandra Burns, Shane Smithers, Stella Pretty, Tim Ressos, Tim K Jones, Tracy Ponich, Victor Peralta, Wendy Tsai and students from Blue Mountains Grammar, Mountains Christian College, Kindle Hill and Katoomba High School.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition

Image: CAMILLE WALSH Freedom 2019, digital print on Hahnemuehle photo rag, 40 x 61 cm

Inspired by Art with Clare Delaney

2020 Dates:

Term 1 Tuesdays 28 January – 25 February 10.30am – 12.30pm

Term 2 Tuesdays 2 – 30 June 10.30am – 12.30pm

Term 3 Tuesdays 11 August – 8 September 10.30am – 12.30pm

Term 4 Tuesdays 21 October – 17 November 10.30am – 12.30pm

Inspired by Art is an inclusive, accessible visual arts class, open to people of all abilities. Each term students explore the suite of exhibitions at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and engage in a series of mixed media art workshops inspired by their visit. Working together, students will discover and build upon new skills to create their own expressive artworks. Inspired by Art is a place for encouragement and experimentation. Find and share your creative abilities in a group of people united by a love of art and expression. Students should have an attention span of 2hrs.

Bookings essential at reception or on 4780 5410.

$80/$70 Insight Members. All materials are included.

 

 

 

 

A Blue Mountains Cultural Centre exhibition curated by Tim Smith

 

© Blue Mountains City Library, Local Studies Collection

 

Cultural Centre Shop 

 

 

 

The Cultural Centre Shop is a high quality retail facility, enhancing the exhibitions, programs and activities of the Cultural Centre in addition to supporting and promoting products of the region.

Offering a unique retail experience, the shop:

 

         -Provides a wide range of quality Australian made gifts and homewares

 

         -Showcases and promotes high quality products designed and made in the Blue Mountains

 

         -Extends the exhibition and Gallery experience for visitors by way of merchandise and catalogues

 

– See more at: http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/shop/#sthash.jhJ3XAHZ.dpuf

 

 

Cultural Centre café 

 

 

Situated in the Cultural Centre with indoor and outdoor seating, the Cultural Centre café serves an all-day menu including morning coffee, afternoon tea, sandwiches and light lunches. With its focus on fresh and local, it’s a great place to catch up with friends or take a break whilst visiting the Art Gallery.

(As a frequent visitor, the Editor of this magazine, frequently takes his caffeine fix here,…the coffee is an excellent roast and hard to beat by any standard!)

 

With its focus on fresh and local, it’s a great place to catch up with friends or take a break whilst visiting the Art Gallery.

– See more at: http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/shop/cafe/#sthash.fu81UfIB.dpuf

 

 

 

 General 

– See more at: http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/blue-mountains-art-gallery/current-exhibitions/#sthash.CIZY92As.dpu

About the author

Aksel Ritenis

Publisher and Custodian of the Sydney Times