Blue Mountains April Events

Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul | Until May 2nd @ Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

COVID-19: Please note that due to Public Health Order restrictions event details may change at short notice. Please check directly with the event via their website, social media or directly with the organiser for updates.

Until 2 May 2021
Arthur Boyd: Landscape of the Soul
Landscape of the Soul is Bundanon Trust’s new three-year nationally touring exhibition exploring a lifetime of landscape paintings by renowned Australian artist Arthur Boyd. Curated by Barry Pearce the exhibition is drawn principally from Bundanon Trust’s own collection of the artist’s work. The exhibition features up to 60 paintings, including a group of masterpieces borrowed from major state art museums, as well as 20 works on paper, letters, photographs and sketchbooks spanning almost half a century and featuring works from his adolescence through to his final years. A Bundanon Trust touring exhibition. At Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke St, Katoomba. http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/exhibition/arthur-boyd-landscape-soul/

Thurs 18 Feb-Sun 11 April 2021
Into the Fold – Rachaeldaisy Dodd
Braemar House & Gallery, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Into the Fold looks at finding harmony between old and new through the art of quilt-making. Traditional techniques of fabric manipulation are studied and reinterpreted in a modern context. Concentric circles of folded fabric, gathered puffs, stitched details, repetitive geometry and balanced asymmetry all explore, develop, and expand the boundaries, but always with a nod to the roots of the craft. Time: 10am-4pm Thurs-Sun. http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/braemar-gallery/

Thurs 18 Mar-Sun 11 April 2021
1001: Circled – full circle – Kerrey Williams
Braemar House & Gallery, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood. This exhibition showcases works from artist Kerrey Williams’ creative journey, to create an artwork a day, sometimes more. Starting with an A5 visual diary and pencil, Kerrey began each work by drawing a circle with a diameter of 12cm. Using a black fineliner pen, each circle was then filled with a drawing, pattern or design, taking inspiration from events, experiences and things seen during the day or from imagination. After two years, Kerrey had created 830 circle drawings. Then 1000. Then just one more. The 1001st freehand circle drawing was drawn in the 16th book. Time: 10am-4pm Thursday-Sunday. FREE Admission. http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/braemar-gallery/

April-May 2021 (Dates to be confirmed)
Sculpture at Scenic World
Scenic Walkway, Scenic World, Violet Street Corner of Cliff Drive, Katoomba. Set among towering Jurassic rainforest in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, Sculpture at Scenic World 2021 will capture the imagination of young and old with dozens of thought-provoking artworks. Expect the unexpected as you marvel at stunning scenery and artworks, ranging from subtle sculptures to bold installations that interact with the natural environment in new ways. Entry: Cost of unlimited rides pass (Scenic Cableway, Walkway, Skyway and Railway) down to the boardwalk. Ticket Prices available online closer to the date. P: 4780 0200 https://scenicworld.com.au/sculpture

Thurs 1 April-Sat 31 July 2021
Between Friends, Margaret Coen and Norman Lindsay: Letters and Art
Norman Lindsay Gallery, 14 Norman Lindsay Crescent, Faulconbridge. Between Friends documents the friendship between artist Margaret Coen and Norman Lindsay. The exhibition features a wonderful selection of watercolours and oils by Margaret Coen, and a sampling of the letters between her and Lindsay. The letters were selected from an extensive correspondence between the two that is held in the State Library of New South Wales. Time: Thursday to Sunday, 10 – 4pm. Last entry 3pm. Entry: $17 Adult, $15 Concession and children, $45 Family. FREE for National Trust Members. Exhibition is included with normal entry fees. Pre-bookings required. www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/norman-lindsay-gallery/  P: 4751 1067

Fri 2-Mon 5 April 2021
Blackheath Art Society Easter Exhibition
Blackheath Art Society, 139a Station Street, Blackheath. Blackheath Art Society annual members’ only exhibition. A selection of 2D artworks by local artists. Time: 10am-5pm each day. Entry: A small entry fee (TBC) will apply. Further information and contact: Cathy Wood: catewood@gmail.com
www.blackheathart.com

Sat 10-Sun 11 April 2021
Blue Mountains Pottery Fair
Nolan on Lovel Art Gallery, 56A Lovel St, Katoomba. The Fair, held for the first time in 2019, is a cooperative venture between local Blue Mountains potters and the Nolan Gallery on Lovel in Katoomba to provide an opportunity to showcase and market the work of potters living and working in the Blue Mountains and beyond. Meet the potters, look at and buy their wares and have a cup of tea in the garden. Time: Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-2pm. FREE Entry.
www.bluemountainspotteryfair.com

Wed 14 April 2021
Rod Stewart & The Best of British Show
Blue Mountains Theatre, 106 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Few voices are as recognisable as that of Rod Stewart, and Dave Patten is as close as you will see and hear to Rod anywhere in the world.  Journey back through early influences on Rod’s career – including The Beatles and Gerry & The Pacemakers – through to Rod’s own hits from 1971 onwards.  Featuring ‘Maggie May’, ‘Tonight’s The Night’, ‘Have I Told You Lately’, ‘You’re In My Heart’ and many more. Dave Patten is accompanied by his band of world class musicians.  A special Senior’s Festival event. Time: Morning tea from 10am in the foyer. Show starts 11am. Entry: $22 (includes complimentary morning tea). www.bluemountainstheatre.com.au/what-s-on/

Thurs 15 April-Sun 9 May 2021
Ex Machina – Laurent Rivory
Braemar House & Gallery, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Laurent Rivory is a Springwood sculptor with a love for old farm machinery and implements. With weathering these often become distorted and rusty and take on a certain abstract “artness”. In Ex Machina, Rivory presents a series of welded steel sculptures which aim to capture and evolve that aesthetic – while also presenting the viewer with conundrums regarding function and origin. Time: 10am-4pm Thursday-Sunday. FREE Admission. http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/braemar-gallery/

Sun 18 April 2021
Museum Open Day with Special offer for Seniors (part of NSW Seniors Week)
Valley Heights Rail Museum, 17b Tusculum Road, Valley Heights. Seniors are invited to a FREE Devonshire Tea^ at the museum ON THIS DAY ONLY, that also coincides with the National Trust Heritage Festival. CovidSafe procedures are in place to maintain a user-friendly and healthy venue for all. Enjoy the Museum’s great experiences and activities – climb on engines and carriages showcasing over 100 years of Blue Mountains railway history. Take a 10 minute heritage train ride* in a steam or diesel-hauled 1890 passenger carriage then grab a hot or cold drink and ice cream from the shop. *Subject to operational conditions. Two sessions available: 10am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-4pm. Entry: ^Normal admission fee applies. Online pre-booked tickets only. $16 Adults, $14 Concession, $12 Child (5-16), Child (under 5) FREE, $50 Family. www.valleyheightsrailmuseum.info

Fri 23 April 2021
Ghost Hunt
Join Paranormal Pete for an intimate interactive 3.5 hour Ghost Hunt to investigate the claims of Paranormal activity & you be the Judge.Woodford Academy, Australia’s Most Haunted Inn has many reports of Ghosts & Paranormal activity. Will the apparition of the Lady in White make an appearance on the night, the Ghost of Buss’ Inn or the young girl seen peering out the bay windows? The tour is fully interactive with the use of Ghost hunting equipment, Ovilus 111, thermal, Infrared & night vision camera’s, SLS camera, S Box, EMF detectors & more.Paranormal Pete & guests will be conducting several experiments to try & capture some of the Paranormal Phenomena reported or experienced on previous tours & investigations. Includes * Interactive 3.5-hour Ghost Tour * Use of Ghost Hunting Equipment * Museum entry * intimate group maximum 8 to 10 people! Time: 7pm. Cost: $87.41. Meeting point 90-92 Great Western Highway Woodford, NSW. Woodford Academy, Woodford. Contact: Pete on 0418 416 403.

Fri 23 – Mon 26 April 2021
Inaugural Blackheath Chamber Music Festival
Opening on the Anzac weekend, 23-26 April 2021, with an additional ‘Festival Special’ in July. Catherine Harker, Festival Director, says she is excited to have engaged renowned Australian Ensembles at the peak of their international reputations: 10 performances with a total of 52 musicians. “We have worked tirelessly throughout 2020 to prepare this Festival against a backdrop of a devastated arts industry and ongoing uncertainty due to ever-changing Covid restrictions. We intend the Festival to be an annual event in the Blue Mountains—part of the elite chamber music circuit that will bring an influx of music-lovers to the upper Blue Mountains.” There will be a high demand for these performances due to venue capacity, so booking early is advisable. Phillips Hall, Blackheath (Community Hall) and the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens in Blackheath. Morning, afternoon, evening. Cost: $70 per ticket approx. Booking: A Must. Facilities: Toilet on Site, Disabled Facilities. Event will continue in wet weather. Email: C. Harker on
festivaldirector@rhodogarden.org.au

Sat 24 April 2021
Flora in the landscape: Watercolour and gouache workshop
A watercolour and gouache workshop with artist Tania Mason at Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Have you ever looked at small details within the natural landscape like moss on a branch, an interesting piece of fungi or a dazzling piece of Australian flora and thought you would love to paint it? In this workshop, artist Tania Mason will guide you through a variety of painting techniques using watercolour and gouache to capture these beautiful details. This course will allow a beginner and intermediate student to explore all types of flora and arrange perfectly on a page. Image courtesy Tania Mason. 10.30am – 3.30pm, cost $120 per person. Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, 30 Parke Street Katoomba.

Sun 25 Apr 2021
ANZAC Day 2021
The Blue Mountains community acknowledge this significant day in Australian History. Due to COVID restrictions further information on services, or other ways in which the community can commemorate this special day, will be announced closer to the date.

Fri 30 Apr 2021
Rhonda Burchmore is GLAMAZONIA
Australia’s favourite showgirl celebrates 40 years from stage to jungle, sharing hilarious anecdotes and belting out showstopping hits such as Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’, Helen Reddy’s ‘I Am Woman’ and Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive’. Backed by a sizzling hot band plus tantalising toy boys to help her burn up the dance floor, Rhonda will deliver an unforgettable evening of glamour, empowerment and fabulousness! Time: 8pm. Cost: All tickets $59.90. Blue Mountains Theatre, 104 – 108 Macquarie Road, Springwood.

Regular Events in the Blue Mountains

Every Weekend
Markets
For the market enthusiast, every weekend in the Blue Mountains offers a different market to explore. Everything from organic foods, local art and craft to collectibles and clothes, there is a treasure to find for every avid market explorer. Ask for the Markets List at the Blue Mountains Visitor Information Centres.

Limited capacity. Pre-booked only: 4 April 2021
Wascoe Siding
Grahame Street, Blaxland. Please note the picnic areas and canteen are closed due to the distancing restrictions. Check Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/WascoeSidingRailway | www.infobluemountains.net.au/rail/wascoe/

Pre-booked tickets only. Check website for details.
Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum Open Days
Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum, Tusculum Rd, Valley Heights. Pre-booked tickets only. P: 4702 1222 valleyheightsrailmuseum.info

Open Thursday to Sunday.
Braemar House & Gallery
Braemar House, 104 Macquarie Road, Springwood. Showcasing changing exhibitions of various mediums from both emerging and established artists work in one of Springwood’s most historic buildings. Time: 10am – 4pm. FREE Admission. http://bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/braemar-gallery/

Check website for opening hours and programs.
Blue Mountains Libraries
There are currently no live events running due to COVID-19 however a number of exciting online programs are available. Explore these via the What’s On section on the Library website https://library.bmcc.nsw.gov.au

Sat 17 April with pre-booked tickets only
Woodford Academy
90-92 Great Western Highway, Woodford. This historic property dates back to the 1830s. Please check the websites for updates and bookings.
P: 4758 8743 E: woodfordacademy@gmail.com
www.nationaltrust.org.au/places/woodford-academy/

Check website for updates
Tarella Cottage Museum
The Museum is currently closed due to COVID-19 however the Research Centre is open. Tarella Cottage Museum – 99-101 Blaxland Road, Wentworth Falls. Built in the 1890s, this cottage museum is a hidden treasure filled with a wonderful collection of memorabilia of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. P: 4757 3824.
www.bluemountainshistory.com

Check website for opening hours and programs.
Pigeon Lane @ Gallery ONE88
Lower ground floor of Gallery ONE88 Fine Arts, rear of 186-188 Katoomba Street, entrance via Beverly Place, Katoomba. Variety of performances and dinner & show events in a multi-function art performance space. https://www.galleryone88finearts.com/copy-of-events

Check the website for updates as restrictions ease
Blue Mountains Radio Players
Palais Royale, 230 Katoomba Street, Katoomba. Performances are before a live audience, using mainly scripts transcribed from original performances of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s. The repertoire includes plays from long-running drama series such as ‘Suspense’, ‘Escape’ and ‘Quiet, Please!’; episodes from the comedy series Easy Aces and Life of Riley; and crimes solved by Sherlock Holmes and more. P: 4784 6300 https://sites.google.com/site/bmradioplayers/performances

Open daily (Closed Christmas Day).
Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Blackheath
End of Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath. New exhibition every month. FREE Entry. Time: 9am – 4.30pm. P: 4787 8877 www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/Visitor-centres/Blue-Mountains-Heritage-Centre

Sat afternoons on selected dates, March to July.
Blackheath Philosophy Forum
Presentations now delivered online. Blackheath Philosophy Forum was founded in 2002 to arrange public discussion forums on philosophy and related topics. See program on the website for dates and topics. Time: 4pm.
https://blackheathphilosophy.org/entry/Home

Check the websites for updates.
Mount Victoria Museum
Located at the back of Mount Victoria Railway Station. Opening in 1868, this Heritage Listed sandstone station is now a museum full to the brim with memorabilia of early history and old ways of living, farming and working in the upper mountains. Opening days will depend on COVID-19 restrictions at the time. Please check the website for updates. http://mountvictoriamuseum.info/

Various Locations and Times
Blue Mountains City of the Arts Event
A vibrant community of artists, writers, composers, poets, sculptors, performers, artisans and creatives For more information on a full range of our City of the Arts cultural events visit: www.facebook.com/cityofthearts