Expressions of Interest – Café at Lewers

Opens 26 May | Closes 18 June


Penrith Performing & Visual Arts is seeking Expressions of Interest from an experienced café operator for Café at Lewers at Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest.

We are looking for a creative, commercially focussed and co-operative operator who will work with us to provide an outstanding and integrated customer experience.

Fast, friendly service coupled with a high quality menu with meals at reasonable price points will reflect the artistic, progressive and dynamic nature of the site and its patrons.  Café at Lewers is a unique offer. Housed in the grounds of an artistically significant bequest, an artist designed heritage garden and a dynamic and growing regional gallery.

Expressions of Interest open 26 May and close 18 June.

More information: Contact Dave Garner on 0414 391 971 or email

Click here to download the Information Pack



May 4, 2017


Categories: Special Events

2 Artists / 3 Companies / 4 Weeksroad

The Q at The Joan in partnership with PYT Fairfield and PACT Centre for Emerging Artists.

HIGH/WAY 234: residency is designed to strengthen creative communities across Greater Western Sydney as well as build capacity for next generation artists.

Two artists or groups of artists will be invited to complete a month long residency co-hosted by PACT, PYT | Fairfield and The Q at The Joan. Projects must be able to demonstrate a connection to Western Sydney.

Residents will work out of The Joan, Penrith for their first week, PYT | Fairfield for their second & third weeks and PACT, Erskineville for their fourth and final week. Each stage of the residency will be supported by mentorship from the companies’ Artist Mentors: Katrina Douglas, Karen Therese and Nick Atkins and each project will be given $3000 cash for the purpose of artist frees and project costs.

Selected artists will be asked to present a work in progress showing at PACT.


Applications Open Thursday 4th May — Close 23rd May, 5pm

Residency Dates: July 30 – August 27 2017


Think someone who can’t hear can’t appreciate the theatre? Think again! At The Joan, we provide theatre training for people with disabilities, through the affiliated Q Theatre Company. For this reason, we were recently included in Connect Hearing’s list of ‘Get Involved with Courses for the Hard of Hearing’.


The Joan is a venue presenting the best in music, theatre and dance and is also home to our teaching facility the Penrith Conservatorium of Music, which provides quality music education for students of all ages and abilities. More recently, the Q Theatre Company (formerly Railway Street Theatre Company and originally the Q) moved to The Joan. Building on the substantial legacy of the Q Theatre Company, we now provide theatre training to young people aged 5-18, and people with a disability, as well as making innovative and community-focused performances.


‘Student-focussed,’ says Connect Hearing of the Access Ensemble program, ‘everyone gets the most out of the training based on their individual needs.’ Our Access Ensemble performing arts course is ideal for anyone who is hard of hearing or deaf. We offer the chance to experience the thrill of the theatre – and to develop your skills in performance arts – in a professional environment. But the best part about the course is the tutors.They are the kind-hearted, compassionate, and professional teaching artists that know how to make the theatre come alive – they make learning acting, movement, and expression as fun as it should be.


Participants in Access Ensemble gain and develop:


– Theatre skills and experience in a professional theatre environment;


– Confidence in their own voice, body and expression;


– Friendships with exciting new people;


– New forms of expression;


– Confidence through engaging with wider audiences.


At the end of the course, students get to perform in front of the public in our state-of-the-art theatre. This gives everyone who becomes a cherished part of The Joan an experience to remember forever.


Access Ensemble builds the classes around the participants. For anyone who signs up, no matter what their ability, we tailor each session around them. We’ve had lots of students of all ages with a hearing loss and have created a perfect space in which to make new friends, build confidence and have some fun.


Come try it out and see what The Joan is about. You’ve got nothing to lose, and the theatre to gain.





FULL-TIME 12 MONTH CONTRACT (Maternity Leave Cover)

LGA Level 7

(Salary range from $57,185 plus 9.5% super and 17.5% leave loading)

Penrith Location

Here’s a great local opportunity to advance your career in arts management and marketing. Penrith Performing & Visual Arts comprises two of Western Sydney’s leading cultural institutions, the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest.

We are currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic self-starter with a passion for arts marketing to join our team as our full-time Marketing Coordinator. This position underpins the day-to-day marketing activities across the visual and performing arts in an organisation with exciting growth potential at the heart of the burgeoning Western Sydney region.

The Marketing Coordinator will work across a range of activities including publicity, promotion, distribution, communication, social media, content development, advertising, design, writing, editing, website updates, customer relationship management, general administration, database management and reporting.

If you love the arts and thrive on a fast-paced and dynamic work program then this is the job for you. You will need top-notch organisational skills, a solid grounding in marketing principles and the ability to work across multiple campaigns with competing deadlines whilst maintaining a good sense of humour and a commitment to creativity.

Download the Position Description here

Closing Tuesday 18 April (midnight)


Please carefully consider the Position Description, including the Essential and Desirable Skills, Qualifications and Experience, and prepare an application that references these. Include an up to date Resume and two referees, and email to:

Dave Garner, Business Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts:

If you have questions about the role please contact Krissie Scudds, Marketing Manager, Penrith Performing & Visual Arts:


Please always be sure to follow our Tips for Applying as you work through your application.


The Q is holding auditions for 16 young artists, 8 x theatre artists and 8 x musicians, (16 – 26) to take part in the 2017 ‘Originate’ project. This is a skills development project that results in a public outcome. The show will be presented in the Allan Mullins Studio at The Joan, Penrith.

PRODUCER: The Q is the resident theatre making program at The Joan.

ROLES: 16 young artists (16 – 26). Within this we’re looking for 8 theatre makers and 8 musicians.

EXPERIENCE: Performers of various levels of experience are encouraged to apply. A background or interest in devising new work will be an advantage.

OBJECTIVE: ‘Originate’ seeks to up-skill early-career artists in the areas of new work development, cross art form practice and to facilitate new collaborations.

THE SHOW: ‘Originate’ is where ideas start. Eight emerging theatre makers will collaborate with eight emerging musicians to create a new show about the here and now. Guided by Co-Directors from theatre and music the ensemble will move through a workshop process that dreams a new performance from the ground up. ‘Originate’ is a holding title for a performance that is yet to emerge and will be defined by the thoughts, beliefs, hopes and fears of the ensemble. Watch this space.

AVAILABILITY: To be considered for inclusion in the project artists must be available for the following dates:

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Thursdays 15/06/17 – 06/07/17

10.00am – 4.00pm | Sun 18/06/17

5.00pm – 8.00pm | Wednesdays & Thursdays 12/07/17 – 03/08/17

10.00am – 4.00pm | Sat & Sun 05/08/17 – 06/08/17

5.00pm – 9.00pm | Mon – Sat 07/08/17 – 12/08/17

COST: There is no charge for participation in this program.

TO AUDITION: Complete an application form by clicking here.


AUDITIONS HELD: 16/05/17 & 18/05/17

If you have any queries about your application, please email Claire.

February 23, 2017

An Apology from Us

Categories: General, News, Press

Dear Joan patrons

Those of you who attended Go Your Own Way will know that we experienced an air conditioning failure on the evening of 20 January.

First of all, let me apologise for any inconvenience experienced on the night with uncomfortable temperatures and slippery floors.

But you may be wondering what happened? I can assure you this was not a cost saving measure – but a sudden and unexpected system fault.

As you may know, our venue’s air-conditioning system is managed and controlled by Penrith City Council, and at present Council is upgrading and replacing the system right across the building. This includes a whole heap of complicated engineering details that I won’t even pretend to understand.

On the 20th something went wrong – but the system indicators did not register the fault – indicating all systems were working normally. Since then we have been working closely with Council to identify the cause of the failure and on communications protocols to ensure it does not happen again.

Thank you for your patience and loyalty, we are grateful to have you as part of The Joan’s community.

Yours sincerely

Hania Radvan

January 11, 2017

Join our Front of House Team!

Categories: Jobs, News, Press

The Joan is currently seeking Casual Front of House (FOH) Staff to join our venue services team.

Applicants must have a current RSA, First Aid Certificate and NSW Working With Children Check as well as previous bar or hospitality experience &/or proven experience working in a similar role.

Applicants must be available to work evenings and weekends and may also on occasion be offered weekday shifts. The position is suited to a positive, professional and well-presented person who is comfortable with dealing with the general public. Maturity and common-sense are highly valued in the Front of House role.

Duties include ushering for performances and events, bar service, assisting with enquiries and ticket sales through the Box Office, set-up & clean-up for events, general customer service, and various other duties as directed by the FOH Supervisor.

To apply please send a current résumé detailing your experience, availability and including contact information for at least two referees to our Front of House Coordinator, Haydn Vredegoor –

Closing Date for applications: Monday 13 February.

Click here to download the Position Description

December 21, 2016

studioQ returns for 2017!

Categories: News, Special Events


Thank you to all the parents and supporters for contributing to the success of our studioQ 2016 program! The Joan is busy preparing the studioQ program for 2017, which will include similar classes to our 2016 program:

Term 1 Classes start from Friday 17th February  and will run for eight weeks, finishing Saturday 8th April.

Rates are likely to be similar to 2016 rates and are TBC (see the individual class links above for 2016 studioQ rates.)

Registration for returning studioQ students opens on Monday 16 January, and for new students on Thursday 19 January, 2017.

For term dates and details on how to Register for studioQ2017’s classes, click here.

November 28, 2016

2017 Music Scholarships APPLY NOW!

Categories: News, Special Events

2017 Music Scholarships


Penrith Conservatorium of Music’s prestigious music scholarship applications are now open for 2017.

Apply Now » Info Kit »
The Conservatorium is again offering seven highly sought-after Scholarships through a competitive application and live audition process. The Scholarships recognise future potential and provide the chance for students to take their gift to the next level.

At the heart of the Conservatorium’s Scholarships program is a team of over 20 tutors all with outstanding qualifications as both performers and teachers offering individual tuition from beginner through to AMEB Grade 8 and beyond to concert standard.  Many students go on to become musicians and music educators themselves.

Thanks to the generosity of Penrith City Council, donors and benefactors, seven scholarships are open to all instruments including voice, contemporary and classical, students of violin, viola, cello, flute, and guitar.  Students and non-students of Penrith Conservatorium of Music are encouraged to apply for this coveted opportunity.

In 2017, seven high achieving, talented musicians will be awarded scholarships, helping set them on a pathway to professional music careers. The Conservatorium is offering the following scholarships:

The Richard Bonynge Scholarship for all instruments including voice
One Scholarship: open to all students and general public.

The Mayoral Scholarship
One Scholarship for 2017: open to all students and general public who live in the Penrith Local Government Area only.

Emerging Talent Scholarship
One Scholarship for 2017: open to people age 12-18.

Malcolm Borland Scholarship  – Piano only
One Scholarship tuition for 2017: open to all students and general public, for piano only.

Regional Talent Scholarship
One Scholarship for 2017: open to all students and the general public who live in the Penrith Local Government Area and who experience financial difficulty.

Penrith Conservatorium of Music Scholarships
Two Scholarships for 2017: open to all students and general public for voice and instrument.

A Scholarship provides aspiring musicians with the opportunity to work with highly qualified teachers; tuition, musicianship and ensemble activity, and access to the Joan family of artists, mentors, classes and concerts – life changing opportunities that will continue to excite and engage young people and adults in the joy of making music.

“Being a scholarship recipient not only provided financial assistance, it provided the opportunity for me to have my achievements as a musician recognised.  Over the years, it has given me the chance to be part of something very special – to perform in many events and concerts, to be noticed and to enjoy meeting people who know you – who have seen you perform. I have had the privilege to meet other gifted students and renowned musicians including the acclaimed Richard Bonynge.  I am extremely thankful for these opportunities and to the Penrith Conservatorium of Music.”
Diana Babajanyan recipient of the 2016 Richard Bonynge Scholarship.

Applications are now open and close at 5pm on Friday 16 December 2016.

An email confirming audition times will be sent by 5pm Friday 6 January 2017.

Auditions will be held on Wednesday 18 January 2017.

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You do not have to be a current student of Penrith Conservatorium of Music to apply for a scholarship.
You do need to be a resident of Greater Western Sydney.
You do need to be Grade 4 or higher for all instruments including voice.
Certain Scholarships are reserved for Penrith LGA residents only, or have age or financial hardship criteria.

Application forms are available here or call us on 4723 7611. There is a $10 non-refundable application fee. Please carefully read the Terms and Conditions attached to the application form.

An audition timetable will be sent by email by 6 January 2017.  There will be no deferred auditions.

Candidates need to prepare two contrasting pieces of music that show their musical and technical abilities. The two pieces will be performed back to back with no break, and must not exceed eight minutes length in total.

Two copies of the music must be presented to the panel at the commencement of the audition.

Candidates will need to arrange their own accompanist if required.

The audition panel will consider the applicant’s demonstration of:

  • technical ability;
  • musicality;
  • expression;
  • phrasing;
  • sensitivity; and
  • solo performance technique.

The audition panel will allocate scholarships based on individual performance and the needs of the Conservatorium (eg to build up program/instrument areas).


Kate Delkou
Ticketing Services Officer, Penrith Conservatorium of Music
T: 4723 7611 or E:

Please note that Kate works on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only

You can also download the 2016 Scholarship Information Pack here.


Q LAB is The Q’s annual residency program. Projects included in Q LAB are selected through an annual open call process and are provided with artist fees, space, technical and dramaturgical support. Q LAB is based on a commitment to supporting the development of independent artists and projects in the local Western Sydney area and the vibrancy that occurs as a result.

Successful applications will receive:

  • $2000 in artist fees
  • 2 x weeks space in the Allan Mullins Studio with dramaturgical and technical support

Start a conversation with The Q – Apply Now!

Applications open: 19 October 2016
Applications close: 25 November 2016

Successful projects will be notified December 2016

Over the first half of 2017 The Q will support four independent artists or groups of artists in the development of a new project. For a list of projects previously supported by the Q Lab program, click here.

Residency periods available in 2017 are:

  • 9 January – 20 January
  • 23 January – 3 February
  • 6 February – 17 February
  • 20 February – 3 March

If none of these residency periods are suitable for your project we encourage you to apply anyway and make a note of dates that would suit your project.

Q Lab is open to both emerging and established artists working across contemporary performance and theatre.

The Q provides:

  • $2000 cash for artist fees
  • Two weeks full time studio space during business hours within the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
  • Technical support (up to 6 hours)
  • Dramaturgical support (up to 6 hours)
  • Access to available studio lighting, sound and AV equipment
  • The opportunity for a public presentation
  • The work created and supported through Q Lab will be considered for further development with The Q


Selection Criteria:

  • Artistic rationale and process
  • Potential of project for development with The Q
  • Calibre of the artistic team and key personnel

We strongly encourage applications from artists that identify as Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Culturally & Linguistically Diverse and/or have a demonstrated connection to Western Sydney.

Application Process:
Q lab applications should include the following:

  • Project proposal (max 2 pages)
  1. What do you want to do?
  2. How do you want to do it?
  3. Who is involved?
  4. Why do you want to do it now?
  • Names and biographies of proposed artist/ artistic teams. (max 2 pages)
  • Contact number and your current post code
  • Preferred time for your residency
  • Optional – Examples of previous work

(5 photos, 10 minute maximum show reel or web link)

  • Files total should not exceed 10mb in total. If your support material exceeds this limit please use a file sharing platform such as Dropbox or call us to troubleshoot.

Applications should be sent to Nick Atkins via email –  with the subject heading: ‘Q Lab – Insert Project Title.’

* If successful, residency dates will be subject to negotiation.

For further information you can email Nick or give him a call on (02) 4723 7623.

Black Birds was part of Q Lab in 2016 and will be presented as part of The Q’s public program in 2017.
Image – Ayeesha Ash, Photographer – Alana Dimou

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