One Off Makery

General information

Brief description of organisation

The One Off Makery workshop is set in a rural community on a mountainous forest property called Onelot, with walking trails and food gardens, in a shed run on solar power and rain water. The remainder of the property is dedicated to conservation and biodiversity. One Off Makery values collaboration, cross-disciplinary exchange, mentoring and skill sharing, and ethical project design.

One Off Makery was established in 2011 with the aim of creating high calibre works from frugal resources. Director Bryony Anderson has been designing and making for performance and the visual arts since 1997, and her works have toured nationally and internationally with many Australian companies. OOM also generates participatory works with children and community and large scale installations, and provides occasional project-based employment. It has a focus on materials from waste streams and low-impact resources, and developing a vocabulary of techniques for working with them to a high standard.

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Brief description of residency program

One Off Makery is located in the Pappinbarra Valley, in the forested hills of NSW Australia. There are two self-contained cabins and a large workshop, which operates as a construction space for puppets and performance objects for most of the year. Artists, makers, writers, musicians, performers and scientists are invited to stay for a period of between 1 and 3 weeks, with their own cabin and access to shared space. A small fee of $25 to $30 per night helps to cover maintenance costs. We will endeavour to schedule simultaneous residencies to facilitate creative exchange.

We can help residents to source materials and get in touch with local schools and communities for any projects or showings, and will arrange transport to and from airports/train stations and towns for shopping trips etc. Some meals may be shared but cooking facilities are provided in the cabins so residents can make their own meals.

Applicants can choose from either a) The Kevin, a big converted caravan with double and single bed, wood stove, kitchen, shared toilet, tiny shower and large verandah, or b) The Crate, a single-room converted shipping container with double bed, kitchen, verandah, outdoor shower/bath and long drop toilet.

Applicants should outline what they intend to work on but there is no expectation of an outcome. To apply, send an email briefly describing:

- yourself and your practice
- the living and working spaces you require (see website for cabin details)
- the project you intend to work on
- your preferred dates.

Residents should expect peace and silence, plenty of space, lots of wildlife, a busy workshop, assistance if needed, and a degree of roughing it.

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Educational Programmes
  • Film Making
  • Sculpture
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
Type of organisation
  • Artist-Run

Residency conditions

Duration of residencies
  • 1 week
  • 2 weeks
  • 3 weeks
Number of artists resident at one time


Companions allowed
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Pets
  • Other

Collaborators. Please note, pets by prior arrangement only and with some exceptions.

Grants available

No grant funding available through the organisation, but if you wish to apply for grants we can provide a letter of support.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Travel
  • Housing
  • Supplies
  • Food
Expectations of the artist
  • Other

No expectation of an outcome, but we can assist with the organisation of showings, workshops etc as needed.

Application who/how

Digital Application

Selection procedure

By Curator

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Internet Connection
  • Metal Working Tools
  • Musical Instruments
  • Puppet making and craft workshop, fabric and textiles, access to salvaged and natural materials
  • Kitchen
  • Welding Tools
  • Woodworking Tools
Number of studios


Type and size of studios

Shared Studio

  • Private Cabin/House
Working language(s)
  • English
Other activities happening at the space
  • Design, puppet construction, mentoring, forest conservation, gardening, family life

How to reach

By train

Catch a train to Wauchope Station and we can provide transport from there by prior arrangement (50 mins drive)

By plane

Fly to Port Macquarie and we can provide transport from there by prior arrangement (1hr 10 mins drive)

By car

Located 45 minutes out of the nearest town, Beechwood NSW, and an hour from Port Macquarie and the coast. There are 7kms of dirt road and we recommend an AWD although small 2WDs do make it.

Nearest airport

Port Macquarie NSW

Contact information

One Off Makery

Phone: +612421251049

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