Deadline: 22/04/2018

Artist Residencies in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains near Sydney

Applications open for artist residencies on the edge of Wollemi National Park, 1.5hrs from Sydney.

Description of residency program
BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit micro artist residency program with a focus on supporting practicing artists by facilitating their projects. Being “micro” means that we are flexible in the range of creative initiatives that interest us, personal in the way we work with individual artists, quick in making decisions, energetic in development and implementation of projects, keen to be involved in multidisciplinary collaborations.

BigCi provides a ground for the professional development of artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Film, and Hybrid Arts.

In addition to the artist residency program, BigCi is available for a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions. Proposals are welcome.

Because of our location within the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains and the knowledge base of our team, many of our residents are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues, although many others use our beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.

Duration of residency
Artists usually stay for 4-10 weeks. Minumum stay is 2 weeks.

Disciplines supported and technical information
Painters, sculptors, multimedia artists, performance artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, dancers and other creative souls are invited to apply for the residency.

Curators, artistic directors, visionaries and ideas people are invited to propose events, gatherings, exhibitions and other creative initiatives.

Self contained in large studios, which are sometimes shared between two people.

Studio/ workspace
There is an abundance of workspaces to suit every need, both within the studios and in the common areas (in the Art Shed).

Fees and support
Successful applicants are charged a subsidised residency fee, which is AUD$250 (plus $25 GST) per person per week for Australian artists and AUD$300 (plus $30 GST) for International artists. Please note that these subsidised fees are available only to self-funded artists. Our rates for organisations are AUD$500 (plus GST) for Australian artists and AUD$600 (plus GST) for International artists.

The residency fees include artist accommodation, work space, shared living facilities, bathroom, kitchen, internet, electricity, water. They also include artist support and assistance in facilitation of the projects.

Successful applicants will be responsible for all other costs including food, transport, travel costs, insurance, and art materials. There is no stipend or living allowance attached to the stay in BigCi. The artists should consider other ways to fund their visit.

At the time of booking, artists will be required to pay total residency fee and a refundable bond of AUD$500. The refundable bond covers any costs associated with damage or extraordinary cleaning.

Expectations towards the artist
There is a possibility of an exhibition, performance, workshop or other special event during or at the end of the residency, as well as a representation on the BigCi website and social media.

Application information

Selection process
To secure the booking, the residency fee and the refundable bond are payable upon the approval of the application form. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

Artist Residencies in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains near Sydney

Artist Residencies in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Blue Mountains near Sydney


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