Auburn City is in a unique position having both Turkish and Australian residents to draw on for two sides of the Gallipoli story ('from foes to friends') and their responses to the impact of war.
Auburn City Council's motto is 'Many Cultures, One Community' and contemporary Auburn has residents who have come from around the world to call it and its suburbs home today. Residents come from nations who were foes in the context of the First World War and now the current generation live in Auburn as friends, neighbours and as family members. There is a significant population of Turkish residents living in Auburn City. The population of Auburn residents with Turkish ancestry has grown to 5,000 today (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census. The 25th April 1915 is a significant date for Australia and for Turkey, and Auburn City will have a particular focus on that shared history. The Gallipoli Mosque and many local streets are named in commemoration of the First World War and in recognition of that shared past and shared present.
The Peacock Gallery and Auburn Arts Studio is set in the beautiful Auburn Botanic Gardens and is an Auburn City Council facility. It is a vibrant space that includes two exhibition spaces, a studio space and regular meeting by the Auburn Artists Network and the Makers Circle and an engaging public program.
The gallery usual opening times are from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 4pm.