BigCi

Name of Residency: Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives

Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives (BigCi) provides a space for initiatives of artists from various fields such as the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Photography, Sculpture, Hybrid Arts, Literature etc.

Painters, sculptors, multimedia artists, performance artists, musicians, composers, filmmakers and any other creative souls are invited to apply for the residency.

Curators, artistic directors, visionaries and ideas people are invited to propose events, gatherings, exhibitions and other creative initiatives.

Residency Programme since: 2009
Description of Organisation:

HOSTED RESIDENCY PROGRAM ON THE EDGE OF ONE OF THE LARGEST WILDERNESS AREAS IN AUSTRALIA

BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency program focusing on artists’ professional development and facilitating their projects.

BigCi has been established and run by Rae Bolotin, a practicing artist, and Yuri Bolotin, environmentalist and wilderness explorer.

Because of our location on the edge of Wollemi National Park within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains and the knowledge base of our team, many of our resident artists are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues, although many others use our beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.

All residents have opportunities to take part in bushwalks conducted by Yuri Bolotin, an experienced mountain guide and author, and to learn first hand about the unique natural environment of the area.

Artists-in-residence are able to present their work during a BigCi Open Day that usually takes place at the end of their stay.

Organisation founded in: 2009
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Artist-Run
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Months: 1
Number of studios: 5
Number of artists in residence at one time: N/A
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Shared Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Private studio / workplace
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Dance/Theatre/Performance Space
  • Library/research resources
  • Technical assistance
  • Networking
  • Promotional services
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: Yes
Companions Allowed:
  • N/A
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes
    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): $300pw+GST
    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
    • Food
    • Supplies
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Films
    • Exhibition
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Sydney, Australia
    Nearest Train Station: Richmond, NSW
    How to reach by train: Half an hour drive from Richmond Train Station
    How to reach by car: One and half hours drive from Sydney, Australia
    Street & Number: Bilpin, Blue Mountains
    Postal Code: 2758
    City: Bilpin