Ballara Art & Lifestyle Retreat


Ballara Art & Lifestyle Retreat – Artist Residency Program is a program of short-term, intensive, ongoing (rolling) residential opportunities for Artists, Makers and Creative Thinkers of any and all disciplines, created to provide the time and space required to encourage, inspire, nurture and celebrate the creative process. The residence is a century-old 3-bedroom limestone homestead, with extensive surrounding gardens and grounds, and a detached 10m x 5m converted shed for studio space. It is located in the small agricultural town of Warooka on Southern Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.

The Artist Residency Program is open to artists across any and all disciplines – including, but not limited to: all visual and fine arts, music and composition, theatre and performing arts, dance, mixed media, writing, and filmmaking and/or screenwriting, as well as arts scholars, researchers, scientists, activists, educators and all creative thinkers – to commence, develop, continue or conclude a project, idea or concept. Time spent during the Residency is artist-led, with priority given to those applicants who express interest in working with and/or contributing to the local community through short-term projects and/or innovative ideas, or are willing to publicly share elements of their creative process during their stay and engage with the community.

Residency Programme since: 2019
Description of Organisation:

Ballara Art & Lifestyle Retreat is much more than its beautifully restored, century-old stone homestead, located in the small agricultural town of Warooka on Southern Yorke Peninsula in South Australia. This majestic dwelling is ingrained with a prominent and inspiring history that continuously underpins the opportunity for guests to uniquely and creatively ‘experience the past, explore the present and discover a future&rsquo.

With a vision to to establish Ballara as a &lsquohub&rsquo to encourage, inspire, nurture and celebrate creative expression, community involvement and initiatives, and cultural collaboration, Ballara currently features customised, art-focussed retreat experiences, one-day art workshops, children&rsquos art classes during the school holidays, and an ambitious Artist Residency program in development.

Organisation founded in: 2016
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Hotel or Guest house
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 1
Number of artists in residence at one time: 4
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Cabin/House
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Performing Arts
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Other
  • If other, please specify: On a case-by-case basis
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: No
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): $650
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • Other
    If other, please specify: We strongly encourage artists to engage with the community, however, it is not required.
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Gardening
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Adelaide International Airport
    How to reach by plane: The closest international airport is Adelaide International Airport in Adelaide, South Australia. A car is essential for the journey to and from Ballara Art & Lifestyle Retreat.
    How to reach by car: Ballara Art & Lifestyle Retreat is an approximately 3-hour drive from the closest metropolitan city of Adelaide, South Australia, and Adelaide International Airport.
    Street & Number: 56 Main Street
    Postal Code: 5577
    City: Warooka
    Country long: Australia
    56 Main Street
    Warooka 5577 AUS
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