Newtown Art Seat

About Newtown ArtSeat

Newtown ArtSeat offers a space where experimental and non-commercial art can be showcased.

It is a permanent structure in Newtown Square that combines public seating, artwork display and lighting. The site is highly visible and exposes any artwork to thousands of passers-by each day. 

The ArtSeat has become a landmark in Newtown.

Applications open for Newtown ArtSeat!

Inner West Council is seeking local artists, cultural workers and community organisations to submit ideas for the exhibition of artworks at the Newtown ArtSeat during 2020. 

Council’s award-winning Newtown ArtSeat is a permanent structure located in Newtown Square that provides a space where experimental and non-commercial art can be showcased.  The ArtSeat is a landmark in Newtown.

The closing date is 5pm Friday, 11October 2019

Please read the Information for Applicants 2020 before applying.

Click here to apply:

What's on at the ArtSeat 

' The Deluge'
Artists: Safdar Ahmed, Zanny Begg, Mona Moradveisi, Susie Egg, Murtaza Ali Jafari, Zeinab Mir with contributions from Zeina Laali and Bossley Park High Students, Emmanuel, Asante, Neda Bahrami, Aref and Mohammad (some names are withheld or pseudonyms are adopted for reasons of privacy).

This work will be on display from 9 October to 4 December 2019

the deluge

'The Deluge' - a collaborative work between Refugee Art Project and Undrawing the Line.

Artist Statement

"This artwork draws inspiration from an ancient Sumarian myth that is one of the earliest known discussions of cultural difference.  This is over 2000 year old text has been interpreted many ways but appears to describe a pre-biblical version of the story of the Tower of Babel with an important difference - multiple languages come as a gift to humanity, that might save them from the rising flood, rather then as a punishment for their pride.  This notion of differences and diversity as a blessing to humanity recurs in other religions, such as Islam and Hinduism amongst others.  Refugee Art Project/Undrawing the Line seeks to explore the potentiality of cultural difference and cross border exchanges in the face of anti-refugee sentiment, increasingly militarised notions of sovereignty, rising sea levels and climate change."  Safdar Ahmed 


For further information about Newtown ArtSeat, please contact Anthia Hart on 9392 5866 or email

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Page last updated: 17 Oct 2019