Applying for a Residency
The Artist-in-Residence program at the Bundanon site was initiated in 1997 and is the largest such program in Australia, hosting around 350 artists each year on both our Bundanon and Riversdale sites. The properties are Arthur Boyd's gift to the Australian people, and his vision for Bundanon was for it to provide an inspirational haven for artists to pursue their practice.
Bundanon Trust is embarking on the construction of a new contemporary gallery and other facilities at our Riversdale site. During this development stage throughout 2020, the Boyd Education Centre will be unavailable. Our Education program will move to the AIR precinct at Bundanon for the first half of 2020, and Artist Residencies will be available from 13 July 2020 onward only.
The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to arts professionals from Australia and overseas, working in all disciplines. This includes artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies can be for research and development or for the creation of new work.
Individuals, groups and companies may apply. Note that ten is the maximum number of people who can be in residence at the same time.
We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to apply.
Applications for 2020 residencies close on 29 July 2019.
Bundanon residencies are highly prized with a limited number of opportunities available per year. Each year we receive hundreds of applications, and the current success rate is approximately 35%.
All applications will be assessed against the following criteria:
Applications are assessed with the advice of industry peers. In making the final decision, we also take into account the following factors:
The Artist-in-Residence program at Bundanon Trust is made possible through the financial support of public funding and individual donors. However, this funding does not cover the full cost of the program.
There is a standard accommodation fee for Bundanon residencies of $50 per person per night, with a minimum stay of seven nights.
Bundanon does not offer stipends, living allowances or travel assistance. Catering is also residents' responsibility. We can recommend arrangements for group catering on request.
A number of applicants each year may be offered fellowships. This means we will waive the accommodation fee. We will make this decision based on applicants' ranking in the selection process outlined above, and our available resources.
However, when applying for a residency, you should make your application on the assumption that you will need to pay the accommodation fee.
All applications should be made on our online form. You will find a link to the form at the foot of this page.
You will first be asked either to create a Bundanon Trust account or to sign into an existing account. To create an account, we just need your name and email.
If you have been in residence before, you may already have an account. If so, you will receive an on-screen message that your email address is already registered with us. Click on the reset your password to commence and create a new password for your account.
The online form will ask for the following information:
You will also be asked to submit examples of your work as support material. This can be writing, images, sound, video, or anything else that you consider best represents your practice.
Support material is submitted as web links or as file uploads. Please note the following limits:
WRITING - we will only read 10 pages of written material, so please choose carefully. Maximum file size is 1 MB.
VIDEO - we will only watch three minutes of video, so it is in your best interests to guide us to a video that has been edited to show your work to its best advantage. Video must be submitted via a link to a media platform.
AUDIO - we will listen to three minutes of audio. Audio can be submitted either as a link to a media platform or as an uploaded file. In the latter case, each file must be in MP3 format and no more that 1 MB.
IMAGES - we will only look at five images, each of which must be JPEG format and no more than 1 MB.