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Cultural development and creativity are critical to Penrith’s growth as a major City by contributing to our economic vitality, social equity and environmental sustainability.

Penrith City’s culture is more than the arts – it is also about the lived experience of our diverse communities including those of different ages and interests. Engagement in cultural activities and programs can highlight what is special about the City and its people and how building on the past and present can contribute to its future.

One of the active community hubs that contributes to the creativity of our City is the St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct.

Since its opening in 2010, St Marys Corner has developed or hosted a great number of exciting community and cultural projects and events. We have welcomed creatives from all walks of life working across different art forms - from visual arts and craft, traditional, classical and contemporary music and performance to writers, photographers and multimedia artists.

Queen Street Riches and Textures is a major annual cultural development project coordinated from St Marys Corner since 2012. The project explores opportunities for community engagement in re-discovering, documenting and creatively interpreting Queen Street, the main street of St Marys.

Through creative collaborations, social engagement and conversations between artists and communities Queen Street Riches and Textures provides a great platform for community and cultural development practice. The project is also an avenue for artists’ professional development mentorship opportunities for young and emerging artists and contributing to the creative industries.