Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc

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Name of Residency: Broken Hill Art Exchange @ The Grand

The Broken Hill Art Exchange residencies offer two locations with four different styles of residencies. Broken Hill Art Exchange @ The Grand is centrally located in the city centre and Broken Hill Art Exchange @ Duff Street is located in the southern side of the city. Applications are open year round for all disciplines of art and academia. BHAE describes itself as “an interdisciplinary organisation dedicated to building the creative industries of Broken Hill and the Far western region of New South Wales, Australia”. As such, BHAE has played host to artists and researchers from all over Australia and overseas since 2001. BHAE also has an on-site art gallery and additional private and communal studio workspaces for hire if required. Residents can have uninterupted studio time or choose to engage the community for the exchange of ideas, skills and experiences. Through local knowledge and our artist network residents are assisted to locate the resources & services they require during their residency.

Each resident’s living quarters has an assigned studio workspace  and choice of single, shared amenities or private ensuite. Art Exchange @ The Grand has a communal sitting room, breakfast room and kitchen and there is a conference room available. The Duff Street residencies each have a kitchenette, living quarters, private amenities (shower) and an art studio workspace.

The Broken Hill Art Exchange operates an information office available to residents Monday to Friday. The organisation manages and produces local events, exhibitions and workshops from its headquarters @ The Grand. The main project by BHAE is its Desert Equinox Prelude, an environmental program that runs throughout the year on the themes of ‘Solar’, Air’ (wind), ‘Water’ and ‘Earth’. Most of the activities utilise the city as the backdrop and held at different sites throughout the city. All residency participants are profiled in the Desert Equinox Art Almanac published twice a year. The projects, exhibitions and workshops by residents are promoted by the organisation through local media coverage, social media pages, websites and its Desert Equinox calendar of events.

The city of Broken Hill is the campus and the philosophy of the Art Exchange is to promote the Art of Everything. As a city located in the far western desert region of the state of New South Wales, Australia, it is renowned for its resilience and self-sufficiency. The city’s unique culture, story of migration, rare geology and architecture as well as its environmental, social and industrial innovations altered the Australian landscape. As such the city was named Australia’s only Heritage city in 2015. There are over 20 local art galleries, with a population of 17,000 people that is more galleries per capita than any region of Australia. Broken Hill is situated on Wiljikali land, the first nations people of the Barkintji Nation. The city is the longest operating mineral mining town in Australia and was the birthplace of BHP (Broken Hill Propriety), one of the largest global industrial mining companies in the world. There is much to explore in the city and the region. The city is one-hour drive from the Darling River, the southernmost part of Australia’s largest river catchment system, the great Murray Darling Water basin. As a major contributor to the country’s economy for over a hundred years, Broken Hill has significantly contributed to the Australian industrial movement, and has become etched into the fabric of worldwide labour reforms (birthplace of the 40 hour week, for example). The abundant native flora and fauna, perfect sunsets, wide-open spaces and clear skies provide a dramatic backdrop against large scale renewable wind and solar energy plants that put Broken Hill at the forefront of Australia’s shift to green power. Surrounded by iconic national parks of the far west NSW area, this is an ideal place for naturalists, researchers, artists and sculptors, et al, and it is a go-to place for filmmakers seeking the perfect outback environment on the edge of a safe, modern community.

Residency Programme since: 2001
Description of Organisation: The Broken Hill Art Exchange is an artist run & not for profit organisation operated by volunteers.
Organisation founded in: 2001
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Not-for-profit
  • Artist-Run
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 1 – 3
  • Months: 6 – 12
  • Months: 3 – 6
Number of studios: between 5 and 10
Number of artists in residence at one time: more than 20
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Private Apartment
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 accommodation
  • Shared accommodation
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
  • Networking
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Other
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes. BHAE networks with the local Regional Art Gallery, West Darling Arts (state government office) and many local galleries, artists and craftspersons.
    Application process: Digital application
    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): From $190/week to $265/week
    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?:
    • Public talk
    • No requirements
    • Other
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Presentation
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    • Other
    Selection process: By staff
    Setting: Rural
    Nearest Airport: Broken Hill Regional Airport
    Nearest Train Station: Directly across the road.
    How to reach by plane: Regional Express Airlines fly direct every day to and from Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne (via Mildura).Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia also connect daily to Mildura.Broken Hill services all flights through its airport in south Broken Hill.Flights often book out quickly,so book early.
    How to reach by train: The Indian Pacific runs directly to Broken Hill from Sydney and Adelaide once or twice a week, depending on the season. NSW TrainLink runs weekly direct services to Broken Hill from Sydney on the Outback Explorer. Additionally, NSW TrainLink runs a daily service that includes train travel between Sydney and Dubbo and bus travel between Dubbo and Broken Hill.Find out about timetables, fares and online bookings or call 13 22 32.
    How to reach by car: Coming from Melbourne, VictoriaThe most direct way to reach Broken Hill from Melbourne is to head past Bendigo on the Calder Freeway (A79) to Mildura, then continue to Wentworth and on to Broken Hill via the Silver City Highway (79).Coming from Sydney, New South WalesHead out of Sydney to Bathurst on the Mitchell Highway (32) through Dubbo to Cobar, then turn onto the Barrier Hwy (32) and continue to Broken Hill.Coming from Adelaide, South AustraliaLeave Adelaide on the Barrier Highway (32) and travel north towards Burra, then continue 283km north east along the Barrier Highway to Broken Hill.
    Street & Number: 313 Argent Street
    Postal Code: 2880
    City: Broken Hill
    Country long: Australia
    313 Argent Street
    Broken Hill 2880 NSW Australia
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