We know what a special place the Blue Mountains is, and how strong, connected and productive our local creative industries are. The sector is an important part of not only the Blue Mountains community, but also our local economy. We have more than double the national average of creative practitioners living and working here, inspired by the time, space and natural beauty this place provides.
Our creative community led the unique collaborative approach to growing, strengthening and marketing the local creative industries, which culminated in the successful launch of MTNS MADE in late 2015. The whole industry came together to create a shared vision of who we are and to celebrate the abundant creativity that resides within our beautiful world heritage Blue Mountains.
While some of our MTNS MADE creatives were born in the region, many sought refuge from the noise, stress and constraints of urban life – which often had a restrictive effect on their practice. Here, with so much room to move – physically and mentally – there are no such limits.
This place is home to several film and TV productions, and our local screen industry is growing rapidly. Music is studied, written, recorded, performed and produced here. World class artists, designers and makers practice their craft and market it to global audiences. Varuna, the national writer’s house, sits in the heart of the Blue Mountains and feeds the nation’s literary soul.
Creative practitioners from all over the world come here to live, to work, and to connect with our thriving creative community. Clients and collaborators seek out MTNS creatives to join them in exciting new works. The MTNS MADE website boasts more than 500 local creative professionals, and this is growing every day. It’s an exciting time to be part of the creative industries in the Blue Mountains, and we hope you enjoy reading our stories.
Acknowledgement of Country
MTNS MADE acknowledges the Traditional Owners of this land – the Darug and Gundungarra people. We wish to pay respect to their Elders past and present and to emerging community leaders.
Why MTNS MADE?
MTNS MADE reflects the strength, originality and diversity of the creative industries in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales. The work of the creatives profiled here represents a collection of designers, artists, film-makers, sculptors, actors, musicians, writers and more – all of whom have today made the Mountains their home. Use this site to find a Mountains creative for your next project, or submit a listing to have your work featured on the site.
Why MTNS MADE? MTNS MADE was commissioned by Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE), the peak regional economic development organisation for the Blue Mountains. BMEE aims to stimulate economic development in the Blue Mountains through advocacy, investment and industry development. The creative industries is one of BMEE’s strategic pillars for economic development and in 2013 BMEE launched the Creative Industries Cluster to facilitate growth and collaboration in the sector. MTNS MADE is one of the Cluster’s key initiatives, in response to industry demand for a bold new approach to branding and the desire to position the region as an internationally competitive creative hub.
Credits The MTNS MADE strategy, identity and design was initially developed in 2014 by Blue Mountains-based creatives Stuart Buchanan, Heath Killen, Chloe Killen and Robyn Buchanan.
MTNS MADE is run by the Creative Industries Officer at Blue Mountains City Council.