The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre (The Joan) is the heart of the creative west. Where arts and culture meets community, where we make art, love art and share art. Fine music, contemporary music; all kinds of drama, dance, installation, mixed media, ideas, circus and song. It’s all part of our story at The Joan.
Built in 1990, The Joan is part of Penrith Performing & Visual Arts, which also includes Penrith Conservatorium, Q Theatre and Penrith Regional Gallery, and represents a diverse and dynamic blend of creative practice in the Western Sydney region. Q Theatre has been making work for more than 50 years and offers audiences a chance to see theatre that has been provoked, inspired or exploded out of our local context. Q Theatre builds pathways for established and early career artists to train, experiment and create.
The Joan welcomes musicians and performers of the highest international standard and has developed a deserved reputation as a performance venue and teaching centre of excellence.
Photography by: Lyndal Irons 2020, Dexter Cornelius 2016