Blue Mountains Cultural Centre - Art Collector

Interior gallery of the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Photo: Robert Walsh

Built on the highest point in Katoomba with panoramic views of the world heritage area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is the first publicly owned and managed, purpose designed facility of the arts to be constructed in the Blue Mountains. The centre showcases innovative, diverse, distinctive and creative cultural programs for enjoyment by residents of and visitors to the Blue Mountains.

Opened 17 November 2012, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre features the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery and world heritage exhibition, a permanent exhibition, which is devoted to education about the distinctive environment, history and culture of the Blue Mountains region. The centre contributes to the improvement of the economic health and cultural vitality of the Blue Mountains and the surrounding regions.

The collection

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre's collecting activities began in February 2014 with a focus on artworks of significance by artists who have been inspired by the Blue Mountains region.

Exhibition highlights

The Blue Mountains City Art Gallery space of 600 square metres can be divided into three exhibition spaces and features quality, curated, local, regional and major touring shows. Major upcoming exhibitions include: Brett Whiteley – West of the Divide, a major exhibition of landscapes drawn from the Brett Whiteley Studio Collection through the Art Gallery of NSW open from 26 September to 30 November 2014 and We Don’t Need A Map; A Martu Experience of the Western Desert, showcasing Indigenous works from the Freemantle Art Centre open from 5 December 2014 to 15 February 2015. Together with these feature exhibitions, the ongoing Exposé Program showcase works from local Blue Mountain artists and collectives.


To get the most out of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre experience, you are able to join InSight and receive a range of benefits including:
  • Free annual entry to the City Art Gallery and world heritage exhibition
  • 10 percent discount on all public programs as well as at the centre shop and cafe
  • Exclusive invitations to exhibition openings and InSight events
  • Subscription to InSight Magazine, the centre’s quarterly printed magazine
  • Access to InSight Member’s Lounge (Wednesday to Friday)

Visitor information

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre comprises the two main features of the Blue Mountains Regional Gallery and the World Heritage Interpretive Centre.

The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre offers visitors the following facilities:

  • Cafe
  • Gallery shop
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Parking
  • Library

Blue Mountains Culture Centre
30 Parke Street
Katoomba NSW 2780

Phone: 02 4780 5410
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm; Public Holidays from 10am to 2pm. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.