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Western Sydney University & Penrith Performing & Visual Arts

mou-signing-peter-anderson-am_-emma-husar-mp_mayor-karen-mckeown_prof-barney-gloverPP&VA Chairman Peter Anderson AM, Member for Lindsay Emma Husar MP, Penrith Mayor Karen McKeown and Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover

Penrith Performing and Visual Arts (PP&VA) is proud to announce a new partnership with Western Sydney University to help produce new cultural events and research projects.

Under the new arrangement, the two partners will work closely on developing innovative artistic programs and community events for the local region and beyond.

Students will also be given the opportunity to work at PP&VA organisations including the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith Conservatorium of Music, the Q Theatre and Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

The agreement was signed by University Vice- Chancellor Professor Barney Glover and and PP&VA Chairman Peter Anderson AM at the opening of the Gravity (and Wonder) exhibition, a vibrant three-month program across the Penrith region that includes a range of events, workshops and programs.

Western Sydney University events as part of Gravity (and Wonder) include:

Astronomy Night Penrith Observatory, Saturday 8 October, 7pm – 9pm

Have you ever wondered about gravity? What is this invisible force that stops us from flying off into space as our planet rotates? How does the Moon stay in orbit around Earth? Why is the gravity of a black hole so strong? Join us for answers to these questions and more in our special Gravity (and Wonder) event in association with thePenrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

Stargazing in the Garden Penrith Regional Gallery, Saturday 22 October, 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Where art and science meet. Join us for a special Gravity (and Wonder) event being held at thePenrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest. Penrith Observatory’s new portable planetarium will be onsite and members from the Western Sydney Amateur Astronomy Group will have telescopes available to share the wonders of the night sky with guests.

Gravity Geeks Art + Science Symposium, Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre Saturday 5 November, 9am – 5pm

With Professor Fred Watson as its patron and Natasha Mitchell as MC, this event will bring together artists and STEM researchers, educators, students and audience. It will present the work of artists working with scientists to illuminate scientific concepts and related research concerning gravity.