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Arts in Cumberland

The art and culture of Cumberland is diverse, complex and vibrant. Residents come from 124 countries and the artists in our community represent a variety of art forms in our public spaces, for community celebrations and festivals, art workshops and for exhibitions.

November Exhibitions 2019

‘Until The Sky Falls Down On Me’ and ‘SAY SWEAR’

When: Saturday 2 November to Sunday 1 December 2019

Where: Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, Auburn

How much: Free

Exhibition Details

Until the sky falls down on me

Image credits: Kieran Butler's Until The Sky Falls Down On Me

Gallery 1 - Kieran Butler ‘Until The Sky Falls Down On Me’
This exhibition is Kieran’s imagining of their own Australian-Mauritian familial histories in order to defy, resist and unlearn the melancholy of climate change and colonisation that has been left as a legacy to them. Ultimately the work is about self-awareness, survival and preservation of a history that has had little time for conversation. It is also about the broader conversations the work generates between histories of photography, queerness, colonisation, climate change, unrequited love and where they may speak to one another. This imagining is a future where their queerness, and ancestral histories find a sense of harmony in a time and place that feels like it’s on the edge of falling.


Say Swear exhibition

Leila el Rayes and Justine Youssef, SAY SWEAR, 2019, multi-channel video installation

Gallery 2 - Leila El Rayes and Justine Youssef ‘SAY SWEAR’
‘SAY SWEAR’ exhibits the collaborative work of Leila el Rayes and Justine Youssef in Peacock Gallery, Auburn. Their project collapses fantasy and the real to present an absurdist and utopic futurity. Through methods of social engagement, this work questions what it means to have ‘area pride’ as a settler migrant; how terms like ‘Western Sydney’ and ‘multiculturalism’ are weaponised as tools of erasure; and how code-switching can be a vehicle to move through xenophobia, safety and class consciousness in this postcode.

Exhibition Opening

Come along to the opening day of these exhibitions:

When: Saturday 2 November 2019, 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Where: Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, Auburn

How much: Free

RSVP to opening

d/Deaf-led ‘SAY SWEAR’ Exhibition Tour

Please join deaf artist Riona Tindal and the Peacock Gallery team on Saturday 30 November 2019 for a d/Deaf-led Tour of the exhibition ‘Say Swear’ by artists Leila El Rayes and Justine Youssef.

Bookings essential!

Sway Swear exhibition

Join the deaf-led tour of Say Swear exhibition

When: Saturday 30 November 2019 from 1pm to 3pm

Where: Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio, Auburn

How much: Free


Cumberland Cultural Plan 2019 - 2029

The Cumberland Cultural Plan 2019 – 2029  sets the long term vision for culture in Cumberland and will help guide Council’s decisions and work in arts and culture over the next ten years to support a creative, culturally active and vibrant community.

A series of free workshops for all ages, held at the Peacock Gallery

Makers Circle

  • Every first Thursday of the month from 11:30am to 1:30pm

Share and learn new skills. For artists and craftspeople of all experience levels -  work on your own projects or as part of a group.

Creative Connections

  • Every Sunday, 12pm to 3pm

Fun art activities for all ages and abilities - family friendly! No need to book, just drop in. Guided by gallery staff, take a closer look at the artwork in the exhibition and then make your own artwork.

Admission: free

Location: Auburn Botanic Gardens, Corner of Chiswick and Chisholm Roads, Auburn NSW 2144

Gallery hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm (closed on Mondays)

Postal Address: PO Box 118, Auburn NSW 1835

Phone:  8757 9029 or (outside gallery hours) 8757 9000



How to get there

Public Transport

There are regular trains to Auburn Station. Take a 909 bus from Auburn Station to Cumberland Road. To plan your trip call the Transport Info Line on 131 500 or visit  Transport NSW.  


The Peacock Gallery offers onsite parking. Once you have entered the Auburn Botanic Gardens Precinct, take the first left.


The whole site is wheelchair accessible.

Group Tours

Group tours of the Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio can be arranged by request. Please call  9735 1396 for more information or to make a booking.