C3West is a key program of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia based on the idea that artists can bring unique value to situations beyond the gallery. C3West creates contexts in which artists work strategically with communities, businesses or non-arts government organisations, and arts partners across Greater Sydney. Since 2006 C3West has developed more than a dozen partnerships with companies and communities in Penrith, Liverpool, Goulburn, Blacktown and Hurstville.
C3West places contemporary artists at the core of these projects – giving voice to local issues and collaborating with the business sector in new ways. Our business partners work with us to define each project's scope. Furthermore, the business partners’ knowledge of participating communities is of great value to the commissioned artists.
C3West has established a reputation for developing ethical partnerships with Western Sydney partners and communities, delivering uniquely creative and strategic outcomes.
Awards and Prizes
In 2012, C3West was awarded the Australia Award for Urban Design (Policies, Programs and Concepts - Large Scale) for the visionary planning of art and design collective Campement Urbain in the project The Future of Penrith/ Penrith of the Future.
Ultimate Vision - Monuments to Us, Lara Thoms’ multi-part project engaging youth in partnership with Westfield Hurstville and Hurstville City Council, was awarded an IMAGinE Award in 2013 by Museums and Galleries NSW.
In 2014, Michel Tuffery’s Transforma project located in Airds in South Western Sydney was recognised with an IMAGinE Award for engaging local youth in art-making and increasing awareness of river health.
In 2016, the year-long Blacktown Native Institution Project was similarly recognised with an IMAGinE Award, and Women of Fairfield, a live art event raising the visibility of women in public space, won Best Arts Program in the FBi Radio SMAC Awards.
The arts partners that drive C3West are the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Penrith Performing and Visual Arts, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Casula Powerhouse, Blacktown Arts Centre, and Information and Culture Exchange, Parramatta – a unique regional coalition with a depth of local knowledge.