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.
Duration of residency
Artists usually stay for 4-10 weeks.
Self contained in large studios, which are sometimes shared between two people.
Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
Painters, sculptors, multimedia artists, performance artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, dancers and 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.
Studio / Workspace
There is an abundance of workspaces to suit every need, both within the studios and in the common areas (in the Art Shed).
Fees and support
Successful applicants are charged a subsidised residency fee, which is AUD$250 (plus $25 GST) per person per week for Australian artists and AUD$300 (plus $30 GST) for International artists. Please note that these subsidised fees are available only to self-funded artists. Our rates for organisations are AUD$500 (plus GST) for Australian artists and AUD$600 (plus GST) for International artists.
The residency fees include artist accommodation, work space, shared living facilities, bathroom, kitchen, internet, electricity, water. They also include artist support and assistance in facilitation of the projects.
Successful applicants will be responsible for all other costs including food, transport, travel costs, insurance, and art materials. There is no stipend or living allowance attached to the stay in BigCi. The artists should consider other ways to fund their visit.
At the time of booking, artists will be required to pay total residency fee and a refundable bond of AUD$500. The refundable bond covers any costs associated with damage or extraordinary cleaning.
Expectations towards the artist
There is a possibility of an exhibition, performance, workshop or other special event during or at the end of the residency, as well as a representation on the BigCi website and social media.