The World Heritage Artist in Residence Program is aimed at emerging, mid-career and established visual artists working in any medium. Through provision of a 6-week residency at BigCi artists will develop new work, inspired by the unique World Heritage Area of the Greater Blue Mountains, which will then be exhibited at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, one of NSW’s leading public art galleries.
About Blue Mountains Cultural Centre & Blue Mountains City Art Gallery
As the largest visual art display space in the Blue Mountains region, the Cultural Centre plays a pivotal role in promoting the work of artists of the region and providing access to arts and cultural services. Within the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is located the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, a recognised professional exhibition space within Australia’s gallery and museum industry showcasing major national and international travelling exhibitions as well as in-house curated exhibitions.
BigCi, located in Bilpin, Blue Mountains, is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency located on an eight-acre property, right on the doorstep of the Wollemi National Park, in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains.
What is included in the World Heritage Artist in Residence Program?
The successful artist will be provided with
6 weeks free of charge residency for one artist at BigCi. To maintain the high quality working environment required for this residency and out of courtesy to other artists, no artist can be accompanied by their partners, children or pets during the residency. Of course visits can be arranged.
Development meetings with the Exhibitions Manager of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and other industry professionals to discuss the project and its development.
A solo exhibition of their work produced during the residency time at Blue Mountains City Art Gallery on the advertised dates.
An artist exhibition fee of $2,000 upon install of the exhibition at the Cultural Centre.
Opportunity to hold an Artist Talk as part of the Public Programs associated with the exhibition.
Exhibition install and de-install will be managed by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. Please note special installation requirements and equipment will need to be approved by the Exhibitions Manager.
All works will be insured while on display at the Cultural Centre.
An exhibition opening organised by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
An exhibition room brochure will be provided by Blue Mountains Cultural Centre
All local promotion and PR will be managed by Blue Mountains Cultural Centre The successful applicant will be responsible for
Covering costs for meals, transport and other living expenses for the duration of the residency program.
Covering costs of any materials required for the development and production of the artworks for the exhibition.
Covering costs of special install materials for the exhibition.
Delivering to and collection of the works from the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
How to apply
The World Heritage Artist in Residence Program will be awarded through a competitive application process.
Application Forms & Guidelines can be downloaded from
Call for Submissions closes Friday 2 June 2017
Residency Dates: 8 November - 19 December 2017
Exhibition Dates: 24 Mar - 6 May 2018
Who can apply?
The World Heritage Artist in Residence program is designed for Australian and overseas visual artists, working in painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, video, ephemeral art, etc. It is not designed for artists working in performance, theatre, music or literature as the final outcome is an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to apply.