Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts/ Cape Bruny Residency

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Foundation honours Bruny Island as a unique place of inspiration and creative endeavour.

The Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts is a charity that:
1. nurtures and expands the practice of the arts on Bruny Island
2. grows the reputation of Bruny Island nationally and internationally as a creative community
3. involves the general community in awareness of and support for the arts on Bruny Island
4. develops Bruny Island as a destination for arts practitioners and as a hub for arts communication
5. encourages and assists artists to reside on Bruny Island

One of the key activities of the Foundation is the Bruny Prize, a national $20,000 non acquisitive prize that is partnered by the Kingborough Council.

Further detail:

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

Open to Australian residents only. Applications due 26 March 2018. The 4 week residency must take place some time between May and June 2018.
The Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts is seeking applications from artists across a broad range of disciplines (visual artists, writers, musicians, multi form) to complete a supported residency for four weeks in an historic dwelling owned by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service at Cape Bruny in the South Bruny Island National Park. Tasmania is an island state of Australia, and Bruny Island is an island off Tasmania, roughly an hour from the capital city, Hobart.

A stipend of up to $2000 is available for the 4 week project. In addition, the successful artist will receive free accommodation.This residency is offered in partnership with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

Ideally, the proposed residency will:
(1) address a site specific project
(2) engage the community through activities such as a presentation and if applicable through a workshop (with a negotiated fee)
(3) have a public outcome including outputs such as an exhibition or research paper

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Curatorial
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 month
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Partners
Grants available

A stipend of AUD$2000 is provided to the successful applicant based on a budget submitted at the time of application.

Expenses paid by artist

The successful artist will receive AUD$2000 to cover expenses. The artist will be required to show how costs will be covered, including the $2000 for the duration of the residency.

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation

The successful artist will be required to give a presentation to the broader community of Bruny Island. A workshop, remunerated by the Foundation will also be negotiated as appropriate. Subsequent to the residency, the artist will be required to demonstrate publicly an output, which may include an exhibition or published paper.

Expenses paid by the organisation
  • Housing
  • Allowance/Stipend
Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • The premises are one of the two heritage lighthouse keepers cottages in the Cape Bruny National Park.
  • Kitchen
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Live-work space

  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • This residency is part of a Bruny Island National Park and is a major tourist attraction. The accommodation is a heritage lighthouse keeper\'s cottage. There are two cottages, one of which is occupied by volunteers for the Parks and Wildlife Service

How to reach

By car

The residency is located on Bruny Island, about 2 hours from Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. It is reached by vehicular ferry which operates regularly throughout the day. This is an isolated area, and it is recommended that the artist have access to a car. The Foundation can assist with transport to and from the island upon arrival and departure, should the artist require this.

Nearest airport

Hobart airport is 2.5 hours away.

Contact information

Bruny Island Foundation for the Arts/ Cape Bruny Residency
149 Matthew Flinders Dr
7150 Alonnah

Phone: 61 409000295

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