A 1951 Electricity Commission building today houses one of Western Sydney’s most vibrant creative hubs, the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Located on Tharawal country, on the banks of the Georges River within the City of Liverpool, the Powerhouse originally supplemented electricity production during winter and power shortages. Today - following a recent major refurbishment - it provides an injection of artistic energy into the local community, housing seven galleries, a 326 seat theatre, three artist studios, green open spaces across 20 hectares of parklands, and a collection of public artworks.
Despite the removal of the heavy machinery from the heritage listed site, the building’s architects were able to save many evocative elements that lend Casula some of the magic it holds today. Large coal hoppers hang suspended in the upper voids of the Boiler House, original light fittings and steelwork columns, beams, walkways and stairs all add to its ambience.
All year round the Casula Powerhouse presents exhibitions, performances and public events, drawing on the strength of its community to make work that resonates both locally and globally. With over 150 languages spoken in the local area, Casula strives to present the culturally diverse stories that allow audiences to reflection on the world. MORE