Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc

General information

Brief description of organisation

The Broken Hill Art Exchange is an artist run & not for profit organisation operated by volunteers.

Organisation founded in


Brief description of residency program

The Broken Hill Art Exchange residencies offer two locations with four different styles of residencies. Broken Hill Art Exchange @ The Grand is centrally located in the city centre and Broken Hill Art Exchange @ Duff Street is located in the southern side of the city. Applications are open year round for all disciplines of art and academia. BHAE describes itself as "an interdisciplinary organisation dedicated to building the creative industries of Broken Hill and the Far western region of New South Wales, Australia". As such, BHAE has played host to artists and researchers from all over Australia and overseas since 2001. BHAE also has an on-site art gallery and additional private and communal studio workspaces for hire if required. Residents can have uninterupted studio time or choose to engage the community for the exchange of ideas, skills and experiences. Through local knowledge and our artist network residents are assisted to locate the resources & services they require during their residency.

Each residents living quarters has a studio workspace and choice of shared amenities or private ensuite. Art Exchange @ The Grand has a communal sitting room, breakfast room and kitchen and there is a conference room available. The Duff Street residencies each have a kitchenette, living quarters, private amenities (shower) and an art studio workspace.

The Broken Hill Art Exchange operates an information office available to residents Monday to Friday. The organisation manages and produces local events, exhibitions and workshops from its headquarters @ The Grand. The main project by BHAE is its Desert Equinox Prelude, an environmental program that runs throughout the year on the themes of ´Solar´, Air´ (wind), ´Water´ and ´Earth´. Most of the activities utilise the city as the backdrop and held at different sites throughout the city. All residency participants are profiled in the Desert Equinox Art Almanac published twice a year. The projects, exhibitions and workshops by residents are promoted by the organisation through local media coverage, social media pages, websites and its Desert Equinox calendar of events.

Located in the far western desert region of the state of New South Wales, Australia, Broken Hill is situated on Wilyakali land, the first nations people of the Barkindji Nation. The city is the campus, and the philosophy of the Art Exchange is to promote the Art of Everything. Broken Hill is renowned for its resilience and self-sufficiency. The city’s unique culture, story of migration, rare geology and architecture as well as its environmental, social and industrial innovations altered the Australian landscape. Sitting on the richest lead-zinc-silver ore body in the world, the city is the birthplace of BHP (Broken Hill Proprietory), one of the largest global industrial mining companies in the world. The region has a wealth of historical remnants of Australia\'s industrial birth, and combined with the immensity of Broken Hill\'s contribution to social legacy (the 8 hour day was born here, for example) its value as a heritage destination is particularly significant. In 2015 the city was officially declared Australia\'s First Heritage City.

Today there are over 20 local art galleries, and with a population of 17,000 people that is more galleries per capita than any region of Australia. There is much to explore in the city and the region. The city is one-hour drive from the Darling River, the southernmost part of Australia´s largest river catchment system, the great Murray Darling Water basin. As a major contributor to the region’s economy, Broken Hill is surrounded by iconic National Parks and the abundant native flora and fauna, perfect sunsets, wide-open spaces and clear skies provide a dramatic backdrop against large scale renewable wind and solar energy plants that put Broken Hill at the forefront of Australia’s shift to green power.

Residency program since


Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • New Media
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Curatorial
  • Administrative
  • Film Making
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
  • 1 month
  • between 1 and 3 months
  • 3 months
  • between 3 and 6 months
  • 6 months
  • between 6 months and 1 year
Number of artists resident at one time

more than 20

Companions allowed
  • Partners

artist assistants & project collaborators

Grants available

The Broken Hill Art Exchange does not provide cash grants to applicants. The residency fees have been subsidised, as our in-kind contribution to supporting projects by residents. The in- kind value of our subsidy is between $650 and up to $1,135 per week depending on the type of residency required. The aim is to support artists by providing inexpensive residencies that are affordable, comfortable and convenient.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food

additional services provided by local arts networks may have additional fees

Expectations of the artist
  • Presentation
  • Cleaning
  • Other

General housekeeping of own rooms & studios. Residency housekeeping and linen is provided once a week. A weekly open studio afternoon provides residents with the opportunity to meet each other and the community. Residencies of one month or more are expected to host activity (public talk, workshop, exhibition, performance etc.). Arrival is usually on Mondays between 3pm and 8pm. Departures are on Mondays before 10am. Late and early arrivals are by arrangement.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Committee

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • The Broken Hill Art Exchange information office is open Monday to Friday, 10am - 3pm. The organisation assists residents to locate & access local resources, utilising the city of Broken Hill as a campus.
  • Office
  • Kitchen
Number of studios

more than 20

Type and size of studios

Private Studio

  • Private Room
  • Private Apartment
  • Shared Room
  • Private Cabin/House

Wheelchair accessible studios and accomodation.

Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
  • Exhibitions
  • Open studio visits and the information office keeps residents well informed about local activities happening throughout the city as they arise.

How to reach

By train

The Indian Pacific runs directly to Broken Hill from Sydney and Adelaide once or twice a week, depending on the season.

NSW TrainLink runs weekly direct services to Broken Hill from Sydney on the Outback Explorer. Additionally, NSW TrainLink runs a daily service that includes train travel between Sydney and Dubbo and bus travel between Dubbo and Broken Hill.

Find out about timetables, fares and online bookings or call 13 22 32.

By plane

Regional Express Airlines fly direct every day to and from Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne (via Mildura).

Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia also connect daily to Mildura.

Broken Hill services all flights through its airport in south Broken Hill.

Flights often book out quickly,so book early.

By car

Coming from Melbourne, Victoria

The most direct way to reach Broken Hill from Melbourne is to head past Bendigo on the Calder Freeway (A79) to Mildura, then continue to Wentworth and on to Broken Hill via the Silver City Highway (79).

Coming from Sydney, New South Wales

Head out of Sydney to Bathurst on the Mitchell Highway (32) through Dubbo to Cobar, then turn onto the Barrier Hwy (32) and continue to Broken Hill.

Coming from Adelaide, South Australia

Leave Adelaide on the Barrier Highway (32) and travel north towards Burra, then continue 283km north east along the Barrier Highway to Broken Hill.

Nearest airport

Adelaide International Airport; Broken Hill Regional Airport

Contact information

Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc
313 Argent Street
2880 Broken Hill

Phone: 08 80884698

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