The Bundanon Artist in Residence complex, designed by Sydney architects Tonkin Zulaikha, was opened by Arthur Boyd in 1998. Operating 50 weeks a year, the site can host up to 300 artists per year. It offers studio space and accommodation for up to ten individuals in single or shared accommodation at Bundanon or up to 36 in shared accomodation at a second property, Riversdale.
How do I apply for a Bundanon residency?
Groups and individuals can apply for a residency. Each year Bundanon Trust makes a call for applications for residencies which are assessed by a panel of industry experts who will nominate successful proposals for the following year. Applications for our 2014 program are available from mid May 2013.
What does it cost ?
The Artist in Residence program at Bundanon benefits from the financial support of public funding and individual donors. However Artists in Residence will be required to make a financial contribution towards the cost of their stay. The requested fee enables us to maintain the program all year round. You will be required to pay a deposit when you return your signed Artist in Residence contract.
Schedule of Costs
• Individual Artists - $40 per person per night
• Groups and Organisations (up to 10 people) - $65 per head per night
• Groups of more than 10 may be be accommodated in the Boyd Education Centre, at the Riversdale property - $65 per head per night
BAS (Bundanon Accommodation Subsidy)
If you anticipate having difficulty meeting the accommodation costs you may request consideration for BAS on the AIR application form.
When can I arrive at Bundanon for my residency?
Artists are to arrive STRICTLY between 1-4pm Monday to Friday. If you are in a collaborative group we ask that you try and arrive at the same time as all artists need to be inducted to the site- including returning artists. Please contact the Program Manager to discuss your arrival details- (02) 4422 2121
I will be traveling to Bundanon by public transport. What are my options?
You can either catch the South Coast train from Sydney to Bomaderry (Nowra) Train station or the Premier Bus Service. A Program staff member will be able to meet your bus/train and take you to pick up any supplies you may need before heading to Bundanon. This service is only available Monday to Friday between 12- 2.30pm. Transportation on your departure is only available Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm. Please note that Bundanon is not in walking distance to any shops.
What are the kitchen facilities at Bundanon?
All accommodation has full kitchen facilities. Fern and Freedman apartments share a kitchen, as do Sherman and Gonski. If you require specialized equipment such as blenders, juices, rice makers and pasta makers, you should bring it with you.
Do I need to bring linen with me?
No need, we supply all your sheets, blankets and a towel. All rooms also have a heater and fan.
What equipment is available to use at Bundanon?
Each visual arts studio has an easel, as well as sinks and large tables. We do have a basic toolbox that is shared by the studios. You will need to bring everything else.
Who will be in residence with me?
Check out our current residencies section for artists in residence over a 4 month period. You can also ask the Arts Program Officer when you call to discuss your arrival.
The contract mentions interaction with visiting schools- what does this involve?
The Education Manager may ask you to assist their program with a short “show and tell” style visit with a school. The group will visit your studio, sometimes in two groups if the group is large. You can show your work, your methods, talk about your career, get the students to assist in your work- it’s quite informal and the students get a lot out of it. It usually lasts for no more than 20mins. There will be a letter in your welcome pack on your arrival detailing this visit.
What is the internet access like out there?
The AIR studios and immediate external areas are well serviced by both wireless and fixed cabling (Ethernet) internet access. Due to our rural location we can experience service outages due to extreme weather events.
How about telephone?
All AIR studios and accommodation areas have fixed line telephones. Local calls can be made however, prior arrangement must be made if artists need to increased call access such as STD , mobile phone or international numbers during their residency. All STD, international and mobile phone expenses must be paid by the artist or guest. Unfortunately due to our rural location there is no mobile phone reception. We can experience service outages due to extreme weather events.
Do you have a computer or printer at the AIR Complex?
No we don’t, you’ll need to bring your own.
Can my partner stay with me?
Visitors, including children of resident artists, are not permitted to stay on the Trust properties due to limited resources (such as water) and the need to respect the solitude of fellow artists. Artists with exceptional circumstances can apply to the CEO for special consideration. Please note that this clause is in your Artist in Residence Agreement which you have signed.
That sounds very reasonable. How about a day visit?
We recommend that you ask your family and friends to visit on a Sunday, therefore allowing your visitors to make the most of the trip and visit the Homestead and Arthur’s Studio. You will need to check in with Program staff if they would like to visit on any other day.
Can I bring my pet with me?
No.Bundanon and Riversdale properties are wildlife refuges. Pets are not permitted on the site unless it is an assistance dog.