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Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG)

Inviting Applications for the 'Ignite Studios' 2018 Artist-in-Residence program

Applications are currently being invited for Ignite Studio @ NRCG 2018 Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program

The Ignite Studios @ NRCG AiR program provides a single artist time and space to expand on their artistic practice, researching and experimenting with ideas for new work or new ways of working. The AiR program provides a residential and separate studio space, professional development opportunities and facilitates access to local community, cultural and industry networks and feeds directly into the NRCG annual public and artistic programs. As a key requirement, AiR participants are required to engage with the wider community through the NRCG public or artistic program that can include lectures, artist talks, workshops, open studios, exhibition, performance or site-specific activations.

The Ignite Studios @ NRCG AiR program is open to Australian and International arts professionals from a diverse spectrum of creative disciplines, both emerging and established, from the quirky to obscure celebrating the importance of contemporary art voices with people and place. Creative disciplines could include, but are not limited to artists, designers, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators.

Ignite Studios @ NRCG is an extension of the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG), a community-engaged cultural hub in the Northern Rivers region, owned and operated by Ballina Shire Council.

Located in the heart of the Ballina CBD, adjacent to the NRCG and housed in the historic former Ballina Fire Station, Ignite Studios provides a dynamic shared access space supporting the development and participation of artistic pursuits. Facilities include artist studios, a visiting artist-in-residence (AiR) studio and access spaces for workshops, creative events, pop-up exhibitions, meetings and special projects.

Ballina Shire is located on the east coast of Australia, in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, which covers the local government areas of Ballina, Byron, Clarence Valley, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Tweed. The Ballina Coast and Hinterland is characterised by lush subtropical rainforests, 32 kms of pristine, sandy beaches and crystal clear waterways, endless streams, lakes and estuaries and for its artistic and creative communities reflecting a mixture of country/farming communities, surf culture and counter-culture influences. Centred on an island at the mouth of the Richmond River, Ballina is the social and commercial hub of the region, loved for its relaxed seaside location and mixture of both river and surf beaches.

The shire has important Bundjalung cultural heritage sites and areas that contribute to our unique history as a place. Heritage sites and areas remain important to the identity and culture of the shire’s Aboriginal community today. Appreciating the importance of the historic and contemporary landscape to the shire’s Aboriginal people enhances all our experience of the shire.

For futher information and to apply please download the AiR 'Information booklet' and 'Application form' from our website


Friday 5 January, 2018
Sunday 11 February, 2018
Ignite Studios @ NRCG
Venue Address
60 Crane St Ballina NSW 2478

New South Wales, Ballina

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