Applications are now open for Bundanon’s 2022 Artists in Residence program. The residencies will see professional creatives from all disciplines hosted in purpose-built studios at the former home of painter Arthur Boyd near Nowra in New South Wales.
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows in residence at Bundanon. Photo © Bundanon
“Bundanon’s multi-disciplinary residency program is the largest in Australia, offering a unique location in which artists can conceive and develop new work and ideas,” said Head of Curatorial and Learning Sophie O’Brien. “It’s something of an oasis. A time and space where artists of all kinds can reflect, create and experiment, situated in a wildlife reserve beside the Shoalhaven River on beautiful Wodi Wodi country. Numerous artists will tell you about their Bundanon story, and the ways in which it offered a bubble of time to create an important work. This program fulfils Arthur Boyd’s vision for Bundanon – that it inspires creativity in everyone.”
Bundanon’s Artist in Residence Complex offers accommodation as well as studio and rehearsal space for up to 10 people in single and shared apartments and self-contained cottages, while larger groups are accommodated at the Boyd Education Centre (with a capacity of 36 people and a hall space) or The Bridge (accommodating 64 people and with a larger room to be used as a studio).
Julia Robertson and Chika Ikogwe in residence at Bundanon. Photo © Julie Ryan
A new contemporary art museum will open at Bundanon later in the year, with additional creative learning spaces, accommodation and a café.
“Supporting contemporary arts practice was central to Arthur and Yvonne Boyd’s plans when they gifted the Bundanon property to the Australian people,” the Bundanon Trust said in a statement. “This vision has seen Bundanon establish itself as an engine room for contemporary art practice in Australia, with purpose-built studios and rehearsal spaces suitable for artists of all disciplines.”
Bundanon hosts around 350 people per year, working individually or as part of groups, with past residents including Eric Avery, William Barton, Emily Granger, Chika Ikogwe, Elena Kats-Chernin, Julia Robertson, Meryl Tankard, Ben Quilty, Katie Noonan and Wesley Enoch, as well as ensembles and companies such as Ensemble Offspring, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows, The Music Box Project, Moogahlin Performing Arts, TaikOz and The Song Company.
Applications for Bundanon’s 2022 Artists in Residence program are open until 31 May