One of the MCA’s key external programs, C3West is predicated on the belief that artists can bring unique value to situations beyond the gallery context. Through careful brokerage processes, C3West creates contexts in which artists work strategically with arts partners, businesses and non-arts government organisations across Greater Sydney. Since 2006 C3West has developed a range of partnerships with companies and communities in Penrith, Liverpool, Goulburn, Blacktown and Hurstville, aligning corporate social investment strategies with community development.
C3West places contemporary artists at the core of these projects – giving voice to local issues and collaborating with the business sector in new ways. Rather than passive sponsorship, our business partners work dynamically with us to define each project’s scope. Furthermore, the knowledge regarding key participant communities held by both arts and business partners constitute highly specialised bodies of research that are of great value to the commissioned artists.
C3West has established a leadership reputation for developing authentic and ethical partnerships with Western Sydney partners and communities, delivering uniquely creative and strategic outcomes.
Crown Resorts Foundation recently awarded C3West with substantial ongoing project funding until 2019, allowing C3West to plan with certainty for the medium to long-term. This unprecedented funding security represents a new stage for C3West, considerably expanding the capacity of the program to undertake projects of significant scope and scale.
Senior Curator, C3West Anne Loxley – c3west [at] mca.com.au
Over three events on the site of the historic Blacktown Native Institution, Aboriginal artists, community members and leaders across a number of fields, came together to develop a vision for the future, share and collect stories, and create new artworks.
Civic Actions: Artists’ Practices Beyond the Museum focused on the intersection of social and public projects, and the possibilities of art practice in public space.
After a 12-month period of community consultation and collaboration, the internationally renowned art collective Campement Urbain unveiled its vision for a Penrith of the future.
Dutch artist van Heeswijk’s project, made in collaboration with artist Paul Sixta and the communities of Goulburn and Liverpool, looked at the different ways people try to end their relationship with wasting.
What is Missing? focused on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of the Penrith community by interviewing volunteers from the area, exploring a range of themes from cultural identity and migration to issues of authority, masculinity and self-expression.
Heads Up explored the communal value of rugby league through a series of photographic portraits. The project was the result of a residency and collaboration with renowned football club Penrith Panthers and represented the first C3West project in a...
This project aimed to position the Panthers not only as a sports club, but as a place where people can dream and aspire to better living conditions, create bonds, and perform new activities that would be unique throughout the whole of Australia.