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10 July 2008

Applications are open for Bundanon residencies in 2009

William Barton at Bundanon Image: William Barton at Bundanon  
© Adam Wright

Applications are now open for the 2009 Bundanon artist in residence program. While musicians are increasingly finding their way to the Bundanon Trust property by the Shoalhaven River, there is still room for more applicants. Both individual professional artists and groups can participate. Bundanon’s program consultant Annette McLernon gives a little summary on what Bundanon is about – for more details, check out the Bundanon Trust website.

The Bundanon Trust artist in residence program is now in its 10th year. It has established a reputation for providing a creative inspirational space for artists from all disciplines to focus on their practice. The program supports artists' new work, research and collaborations. Up to 200 artists a year participate in the residency and event program either through application or invitation. The program fosters artists and musicians in all stages of their careers, from emerging to professional, and is open to both national and international applicants.

In 2007-2008, a diverse range of leading Australian musicians and composers have participated in either the residency or the event program, including Michael Kieran Harvey, William Barton, Lisa Moore and Martin Bresnick, Alexander Boyd, Calvin Bowman, Claire Edwardes, Jane Sheldon, James Beck, Heidi Jones, Bernadette Balkus, Christina Leonard, Ironwood, Nicole Forsyth, Daniel Yeadon, Tony Gould, Mark Isaacs, Brett Hirst, Trio Apoplectic, Synergy Percussion, Timothy Constable, Katie Noonan, Jimmy Little, Wire MC, CODA, Kate Miller-Heidke and Lior.

The artist in residence program drives the event program. Residencies under the program do not necessarily involve taking part in events, however there is potential to engage with the arts community and audience regionally, nationally or internationally. The event/performance program ranges from fine music to the eclectic or popular, and provides the public with access to the artists and performers who participate in the program.

Bundanon Trust is located on two sites on a 1,100-hectare property on the banks of the Shoalhaven River, near Nowra (3 hours south of Sydney). There is the Bundanon farm property with the Boyd homestead where the artist in residence complex is situated, and there is also the Boyd Education Centre at Riversdale, designed by the architects Murcutt, Lewin & Lark. It is a beautiful venue for concerts and performances with a spectacular view of the Shoalhaven River.

As a gift to the nation from Arthur and Yvonne Boyd, and with the mission to advance contemporary art practice through fostering artists, Bundanon Trust is an invaluable resource for the arts industry.

Applications for residencies in 2009 are currently open until 22 August 2008. Application forms can be downloaded from the Bundanon Trust website.

Further links

Annette McLernon is the Program Consultant of the Bundanon Trust.


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