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General Questions About the Residency Program

What is a residency?

An artist residency is an opportunity administered by a host organisation that facilitates a guest artist to work in a different environment. 

The Bundanon Artists in Residence program has no specified outcomes other than the aim to allow the artist time and space to develop their practice. 

Who should apply?

The Artists in Residence program is open to anyone seeking dedicated time in a supportive environment to nurture their creative practice.  

It is open to artists of all disciplines, genres and levels of experience from Australia and overseas. Individuals, groups and organisations are all welcome to apply.  

The residency program is most beneficial for artists who are self-directed and who are looking to push themselves or their practice into the next level. We encourage innovative and experimental proposals. The program is not outcome based so it provides an opportunity to explore risks in your practice. 

Bundanon encourages applications from First Nations artists, artists with disability or who are d/Deaf, artists from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and members of the LGBTIQA+ community. 

Preference is given to applicants who have not recently participated in a residency at Bundanon. 

How to apply

All application forms must be submitted online. We recommend preparing your support material and formulating your responses in the planning document available on the Applications Guidelines page before completing the form. 

Can I get assistance with my application?

We’ve created comprehensive guiding documentation and Frequently Asked Questions to aid you in completing your application. While we’re here to support you to the best of our abilities, it’s important to note that our staff resources are limited, and therefore our capacity to provide in-depth assistance is also limited. Regrettably, we’re unable to review application drafts.  

If you have specific questions or require further clarification, please refer to the guiding documentation and FAQs. If your inquiries extend beyond the information provided, we’ll do our best to assist within the constraints of our resources. Thank you for your understanding. 

Can I contact you if I have a question?

Comprehensive documentation is available to guide you through the application process. Please review this documentation before reaching out via phone or email. If the information you need isn’t covered in the support documentation, feel free to contact us for assistance. Note that it may take time for us to respond due to limited staff resources.

Is the guiding documentation available in alternative formats?

Yes, we aim to make our guiding documentation accessible to all. We will be conducting a live information session on 23 April 2024, at 1 pm, which will be recorded and uploaded to Bundanon’s website for later viewing. If you require Auslan interpretation or closed captioning during the session, please inform us in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements to accommodate your needs. 

Additionally, if you require the information in another format or have any other accessibility needs, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re committed to ensuring that everyone can access the information and support they need for a successful application process.

What are the costs associated with undertaking the residency?

Bundanon is committed to providing residencies free of charge for artists. However, artists are responsible for covering certain expenses, including travel, food, toiletries, and materials during their stay. To help offset these costs, Bundanon can offer a letter of support to successful artists applying for grants. 

Additionally, there are several Fellowships and Awards available which artists can explore for further financial support.

Successful applicants are also required to pay a $250 bond within 14 days of receiving the invoice to secure their residency spot. This bond will be returned upon completion of the residency but may be forfeited in case of cancellation or damages incurred. 

Fellowships and Awards

Bundanon is delighted to collaborate with diverse cultural organisations and philanthropic partners whose vital support fosters opportunities for artists across various disciplines. Please see the Fellowships and Awards page to view the current supporters of our residency program, including further information about the support available to residency applicants.

What is expected of me whilst in residence or as a participant in the Artists in Residence program?

The Artists in Residence program at Bundanon is designed to provide you with dedicated time and space for your creative practice. It’s important to note that the program is not outcome-based, meaning you’re not required to complete a specific project by the end of your residency. Your time in residence is yours to use as you see fit to nurture your creative endeavours. 

However, while you have the freedom to structure your time, it’s essential to understand that the residency is not a vacation. We expect all residents to be respectful of their fellow artists and their work. This includes maintaining a professional and considerate attitude within the residency community. 

Additionally, from time to time, resident artists may be invited to participate in Bundanon’s learning or public programs. Any such invitations will be discussed with you beforehand, and your involvement will be based on mutual agreement. 

Overall, we encourage you to immerse yourself in your creative process during your residency while also fostering a supportive environment among your fellow artists. 

Can I bring my partner and/or children?

Visitors, including the children and partners of resident artists, are not permitted to stay on the Bundanon properties. This policy aligns with our commitment to ensuring a safe environment for all, as outlined in Bundanon’s risk management policies. They include our Work Health and Safety Policy, Child Safe Policy, and Infectious Disease Management Policy.

Bundanon is a mixed-use site, hosting a variety of visitors during the day and overnight. The Artists in Residence Complex is a shared professional working space where artists share kitchen, dining, and leisure facilities. Due to the remote location, bushland environment, working farm, and active studios, there are inherent risks onsite that make the Artists in Residence Complex unsuitable for children.

Over 5,000 school children visit Bundanon each year, making child safety a top priority. We have comprehensive policies in place, and all Bundanon staff have Working With Children Checks and Police Checks. Artists in residence are not required to obtain a Working With Children Check or Police Check, and Bundanon is therefore unable to host children at the Artists in Residence Complex. Allowing children on this site would breach our child safety policies.

At Bundanon, we prioritise creating an environment conducive to creative work and reflection. Ensuring the safety and comfort of all individuals working on site is of utmost importance to us.

Questions about the application form

How does the application form work?

The application form consists of a series of webpages containing various questions. Some questions require written responses, while others involve selecting options by ticking boxes. It’s important to note that the application form only accepts submissions in Rich Text Format (RTF). 

To streamline the application process and avoid any technical issues, we recommend preparing your support materials and formulating your responses using the planning document provided on the Applications Guidelines page. Once you’ve finalised your responses, you can simply copy and paste them into the appropriate sections of the application form. This approach allows you to stay within the word limits and minimises the risk of timing out during the process. 

Please be aware that the application form does not automatically save your progress, including support materials and responses, if you navigate back through the pages. Therefore, we advise completing the form in one session to ensure that your information is accurately submitted. 

What is rich text format (RTF)?

Rich text format (RTF) is a file format that enables exchanging text files between different word processing programs. You can identify RTF files by their.rtf extension, and most word processors can open them.  

To ensure the application form accepts your responses keep the formatting simple, use asterixis or dashes rather than bullet points for example.

Am I an individual, collaborative group, or incorporated company?

Individuals are single artists working on their own practice. 

A collaborative group is two or more artists working together towards a common goal but not a formal/legal company. 

An incorporated company is a regular company that has undergone the process of incorporation to become a separate legal entity.

What if I don’t fit into any of the arts practice primary forms?

The primary form categories are used to convene the peer assessment panels. We acknowledge that some artists may not neatly fit into a single category. If this applies to your practice, please select the category by which you would like to be assessed. 

How do I write the residency proposal?

The residency proposal is made up of two questions, the first about what you propose to do whilst in residence and the second about how the residency would benefit your practice.  

Description of what you will do in residence: 

  • Begin with a brief introduction to your proposed project and how it aligns with your artistic practice. 
  • Be specific about the type of work you intend to create during the residency. Describe the themes, concepts, or ideas you plan to explore. 
  • Outline the artistic mediums or techniques you intend to utilise or develop. 
  • Provide details about the scope and scale of your project. What are the key components or stages? 
  • Remember the residency is not outcome-based, allowing for experimental and exploratory approaches. 
  • Emphasise any innovative or experimental aspects of your project that make it unique. 

Explanation of Residency Benefits: 

  • Discuss how the residency will benefit your artistic practice and professional development. 
  • Explain how the resources and environment provided by the residency will support your goals. 
  • Highlight any specific challenges or obstacles that the residency will help you overcome. 
  • Consider how the opportunity for experimentation and exploration offered by the residency aligns with your creative aspirations. 

When crafting your residency proposal, it’s crucial to prioritise clarity and conciseness. Ensure that your explanations are clear and free from unnecessary complexity, articulating your ideas and intentions with precision. Keep your language concise and direct, avoiding repetition and convoluted sentences that may obscure your message. Engage your assessors with compelling language that captivates their attention and distinguishes your proposal from others. 

Take the time to proofread your proposal, checking for clarity, coherence, and grammar. Eliminate any errors or typos that could detract from the professionalism of your proposal. Consider soliciting feedback from peers or mentors to gain valuable insights and refine your proposal to its fullest potential. By adhering to these guidelines, you can ensure that your residency proposal is polished, persuasive, and primed for success. 

Why do you ask how many beds are required?

We inquire about the number of beds required to ensure that we can accommodate your specific needs effectively. While some artists may collaborate with their life partner and thus require only one bed, other partnerships may be professional only and therefore require separate sleeping arrangements. By asking this question, we aim to provide suitable accommodations to ensure a comfortable and conducive environment for your residency experience.  

Why do you ask if applicants identify as First Nations, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, LGBTQIA+, or living with disability or are d/Deaf?

We inquire about applicants’ identities to ensure that our residency program is inclusive and accessible to artists from diverse backgrounds. This information helps us understand the demographics of our applicant pool and ensure that we are reaching a wide range of artists. 

Furthermore, by knowing the identities of our applicants, we can better meet their needs and provide appropriate support during their residency. For example, we can make accommodations to ensure accessibility for artists with disability or who are d/Deaf, and we can create an environment that respects and celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences of all artists. 

At Bundanon, we are committed to fostering diversity and inclusivity, and collecting this information allows us to uphold these values and create a welcoming space for all artists to thrive. If you are not comfortable disclosing identifiers, you may select ‘Prefer not to say’.

What is culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)?

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) is a term used to describe groups and individuals who come from various cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and national backgrounds. It encompasses people from a range of countries and ethnicities, including those whose first language is not English. CALD individuals may include immigrants, refugees, and people from minority cultural or linguistic groups within a society. This term acknowledges and celebrates diversity by recognising the richness of languages, customs, traditions, and heritage present within a community. It emphasises the importance of inclusion and respect for individuals and communities with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

What should I include in a concise biography?

Start with your name followed by a brief overview of your background, education, and relevant qualifications. Highlight your experience, including notable achievements, exhibitions, performances, or projects. Describe your artistic style or approach and mention any significant influences. Include awards or recognition you have received. Keep the biography focused and engaging, typically within 100-200 words.

Why are large groups restricted to certain dates?

Large group residencies, consisting of over 10 artists, are limited to certain dates due to the availability of the Boyd Education Centre. This facility accommodates such residencies but has restricted availability because of the frequency of overnight school stays it hosts. By scheduling large group residencies on specific dates, we ensure that there are no conflicts with the educational programs conducted at the Boyd Education Centre, thus allowing both activities to run smoothly without disruptions.

I can only undertake a residency at a specific time, why can’t I select exact dates?

We understand that you may have specific time constraints for undertaking a residency. However, scheduling successful residencies involves a complex process that considers various factors, including the types of art forms, individual and group needs, and available resources. While we strive to accommodate your preferences, we require flexibility and understanding from all participants to ensure the smooth operation of the program. Your cooperation in this regard is greatly appreciated as we work to create a balanced and fulfilling residency experience for all involved. 

Where can I find out about the Fellowships & Awards?

Bundanon is delighted to collaborate with diverse cultural organisations and philanthropic partners whose vital support fosters opportunities for artists across various disciplines.  

The current supporters of our residency program, including further information about the support available to residency applicants, is available on the Fellowships & Awards page. 

What is support material?

Support material refers to examples of your work that you submit alongside your application and residency proposal to provide additional context and support. This material can take various forms, including images, writing samples, audio recordings, or video clips. It may consist of finished pieces as well as drafts or works in progress. The purpose of including support material is to offer assessors a deeper understanding of your artistic practice, style, and potential for growth during the residency.

Can letters of support be included in the Support Material?

We’re looking for examples of your work as support material rather than letters of support or references. The panel assessing the applications will be focusing on your work and proposal directly, rather than considering external opinions. 

Feel free to include examples of your work that you believe best represent your artistic practice and align with the goals of your residency proposal. 

Can I submit extra support material?

No, a maximum of five (5) items of support material is allowed. Please note that any support material exceeding the specified limits in the Application Guidelines, whether in quantity or length, will not be considered during the assessment.

I get an error when I try to upload my support material, what should I do?

If you encounter an error when trying to upload your support material, please check the following: 

File Size: Ensure that your file does not exceed 1MB. If it does, try reducing the file size using appropriate compression methods. 

File Type: Verify that your file is in one of the acceptable formats; JPG, JPEG, PNG, PDF, or GIF. If your file is in a different format, convert it to one of the accepted types. 

Audio and Video: If you are submitting audio or video material, it must be provided as a link to a media platform such as Soundcloud, Vimeo, or Google Drive. Make sure the link is accessible and set to public or shared mode so that assessors can view or listen to your material. 

If you continue to experience issues after checking these points, please contact us. 

What happens after I click Submit?

After you click “Submit” on your application, you will be redirected to the beginning of the application form. You will see a red box confirming that your 2025 Artists in Residence application to Bundanon has been successfully submitted. 

Additionally, you will receive an email acknowledging the receipt of your submission. Please make sure to check your inbox for this confirmation email. If you don’t see it in your inbox, remember to also check your junk or spam folders, as sometimes emails may be filtered there.

Help! I made a mistake/typo/forgot to add a file etc.

Firstly, assess the importance of the error. If it’s minor and doesn’t significantly impact your application, it may not require any action. However, if it’s a major error that could affect your candidacy, you should take steps to rectify it. 

For major errors, such as incorrect personal information or missing crucial documents, please send an email to with “Application amendment” clearly stated in the subject line. We will do our best to assist you in correcting the error. 

It’s important not to submit another (corrected) entry as this may cause confusion and could potentially disqualify your application. We understand that mistakes happen, and we’re here to help ensure your application is as accurate and complete as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

I’ve filled in the form and clicked submit but I’m not sure if it’s worked. What should I do?

If you’ve filled in the form and clicked submit but are unsure if it has worked, follow these steps: 

  1. Check for Confirmation: Look for a confirmation message on the webpage after submitting. If there’s no confirmation message, see if there are any error messages highlighted in red. If errors are found, correct them and submit the form.
  2. Check Your Email: Check both your inbox and junk/spam folder for an email confirming that your application has been successfully received. Sometimes confirmation emails may be filtered into the junk folder.
  3. Still Unsure?: If you’re still unsure whether the submission process has worked, reach out to us at Provide your name and contact information in the email, and we will verify the status of your application for you. Please note that it may take some time for us to respond due to limited staff resources. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Questions about the selection process

How are the applications assessed?

The assessment process is rigorous with multiple panels comprised of peer assessors who possess expertise in the relevant art forms or creative practices. 

During evaluation, each application is carefully reviewed to determine its artistic merit and the potential impact of the residency on the applicant’s professional development and the achievement of their goals.

Who is on the peer assessment panels?

Bundanon aims to ensure the peer assessment panels are representative of the diversity of the Australian community, namely a representative spread in relation to gender, age, ethnic and cultural background (including people who identify as First Nations or as culturally or linguistically diverse), people who identify as living with disability or who are d/Deaf, people who identify as LGBTIQA+ and people from rural/regional areas.  

To maintain the integrity and fairness of the assessment process and to ensure the assessors’ privacy and security, their names are not disclosed.

What about conflicts of interest?

To ensure the assessment process meets Bundanon’s requirements for accountability, transparency and fairness, and that applications are assessed independently and without favour, peer assessors declare all actual, potential, or perceived conflicts of interest.

What about my privacy?

Bundanon takes the protection of your privacy seriously and is committed to ensuring the protection of your personal information. Bundanon collects and handles personal information in accordance with its legal obligations, including those under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). All peer assessors sign a Privacy Declaration agreeing to adhere to these standards.

How do you decide the final list of successful artists?

The final list of successful artists for the Artists in Residence program is determined based on the highest scoring applications as decided by the peer assessment panels.  

In addition to the assessment scores, we also consider various factors to ensure a diverse and balanced cohort of artists. These factors include: 

  • Artform spread: Ensuring representation across a varied range of artistic disciplines and practices. 
  • Geographical spread: Considering applicants from different geographic locations to promote regional diversity. 
  • Diversity of participants: Ensuring representation across gender, age, ethnic and cultural backgrounds (including people who identify as First Nations or as culturally or linguistically diverse), people who identify as living with disability or who are d/Deaf, people who identify as LGBTIQA+ etc. 
  • Balance of emerging and established artists, groups, and companies: Striving for a mix of emerging talents and established practitioners to enrich the residency community. 
  • Balance between artists new to Bundanon and those that have been in residence previously: Maintaining a balance between artists who are experiencing Bundanon for the first time and those who have previously benefited from the residency program. 

By considering these factors alongside the assessment scores, we aim to create a dynamic and inclusive residency cohort that reflects the diversity and richness of Australia’s artistic landscape. 

Questions about the Artists in Residence Complex and facilities

We are a large group, can you accommodate us?

Yes, larger groups are accommodated at the Boyd Education Centre (accommodating up to 32 people with hall space and large kitchen). This larger multi-use space, located near the Art Museum, includes accommodation without individual studios or laundry facilities. The Boyd Education Centre is only available for residencies during the following dates: 

  • 14/04/2025 – 24/04/2025  
  • 07/07/2025 – 20/07/2025  
  • 29/09/2025 – 09/10/2025
What are the sleeping arrangements?

The sleeping arrangements for artists vary depending on individual or group circumstances. Typically, most artists are provided with a private room furnished with a double or queen bed. However, for group residencies, some members may be required to share a bedroom equipped with two single beds. An example of this setup can be found in the Musicians’ Cottage. 

What are the studios like?

The Artists in Residence Complex offers purpose-built studio spaces designed to cater to a diverse range of creative disciplines. These studios are tailored to accommodate artists working across visual art, music, dance, jewellery & silversmithing, writing, and research. Each studio is thoughtfully designed to provide an inspiring and conducive environment for artistic exploration and creation. 

For a visual overview of the studios and their features, you can visit the Studios page.

What equipment is available for me to use whilst in residence?

A variety of equipment is available to support your creative practice whilst in residence. Here is a list of available equipment: 

  • Pianos: We have three pianos available for use in specific studio spaces: 
    • Yamaha baby grand piano in the Musicians’ Cottage
    • Yamaha electric piano in the Dorothy Porter Studio
    • Upright piano in the Writers’ Cottage
    • Access to the Steinway grand piano in the Bundanon Homestead may be arranged upon request 
  • Printing Press: A small manual etching press with a roller 52cm wide and a plate 55.5cm x 91cm
  • Whiteboard: Available for visual aids or brainstorming sessions
  • Easels: A-frame and square easels are typically assigned to each visual art studio. If you require specific types or additional easels, please contact us, and we will do our best to accommodate your request 
  • Data Projector: Available for presentations or multimedia projects 
  • Silversmith and Jeweller Tools and Equipment: The Dorothy Dwyer Silversmiths’ Studio provides all necessary working conditions, equipment, and tools for professional silversmiths and jewellers. For a detailed list, please refer to the Dorothy Dwyer Silversmiths’ Studio Handbook available for download on the Application Guidelines page. 
  • Other Equipment: Additional equipment shared between the Curatorial, Learning, and Engagement teams may be available for use, depending on exhibition and program demands. This includes items such as sewing machines, microphones, speakers, etc. If you would like to request the use of other equipment during your residency, please contact us, and we will strive to accommodate your request.
Who facilitates the program whilst I’m in residence?

Bundanon’s Artist Liaison Officer will meet you on the first day of your residency and provide a thorough safety induction. You are expected to be self-directed whilst in residence, but you may contact the Artist Liaison Officer or Caretaker for assistance and support when appropriate. They are experienced at creating an inclusive and supportive environment conducive to creative practice. 


Can you guarantee I will be able to come into residence for my preferred duration and time of year?

While we will certainly strive to accommodate your preferred duration and time of year for your residency, we must ask for your understanding and flexibility. The Artists in Residence program hosts numerous artists across various art forms, making scheduling akin to solving a complex puzzle. While we endeavour to honor your preferences, it is essential to recognise that we may not always be able to accommodate every artist’s first choice. Your cooperation and openness to alternative options are greatly appreciated as we work to provide a fulfilling residency experience for all participants. 

How to prepare and make travel arrangements

If your application for residency is successful, it is your responsibility to make all necessary preparations to begin the residency, including gathering materials and supplies you will need. Additionally, you are responsible for arranging your own travel to and from Bundanon. 

While we can provide assistance with transfers to and from Bomaderry Station at the start and end of your residency, we are unable to offer transport assistance during your time at Bundanon. Please note that the Artists In Residence Complex at Bundanon is situated approximately 25km from the nearest town, Nowra.

What if I don’t have a car or don’t drive?

We understand that not everyone may have access to a car or the ability to drive. While having a car during your residency is strongly recommended, we do offer some assistance for those without access to transportation. 

Our Artists in Residence Complex is situated approximately 30 minutes away from the nearest town and 20 minutes from the Bundanon offices. While we’re unable to provide transport assistance during your stay at Bundanon, we do provide transfers to and from Bomaderry Station at the beginning and end of your residency. 

For artists without a car, there’s the option to purchase groceries online from Woolworths Bomaderry. Every Monday morning, your groceries will be picked up and delivered directly to you, ensuring you have what you need for the week ahead. 

We’re a group of artists, why do we have to nominate one point of contact? Can’t you just cc us all?

As much as we understand the convenience of cc’ing all members of a group, it’s crucial for us to maintain effective communication and streamline administrative processes. With over 250 artists participating in the Artists in Residence program annually, managing communications becomes challenging. To ensure the program’s smooth administration, we request that groups nominate one point of contact. This helps us efficiently disseminate information and address any inquiries or concerns promptly. Additionally, having a single point of contact ensures clarity and consistency in communication, making it easier for our Artist Liaison Officer to assist effectively. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter as we strive to provide the best support for all participants in the residency program. 


Is the application guiding documentation available in alternative formats?

Yes, we aim to make our guiding documentation accessible to all. We will be conducting a live information session on 23 April 2024, at 1 pm, which will be recorded for later viewing. If you require Auslan interpretation or closed captioning during the session, please inform us in advance so we can make the necessary arrangements to accommodate your needs. 

Also, if you require the information in another format or have any other accessibility needs, please contact us. We’re committed to ensuring that everyone can access the information and support they need for a successful application process. 

I'm an artist with disability or I am d/Deaf. Can you accommodate my access requirements?

Bundanon’s commitment to accessibility extends to both our Artists in Residence program and Complex. We endeavour to accommodate all requirements to the best of our ability.  

While we strive for accessibility, it is important to note that certain features of the site may present challenges, such as uneven terrain and steps both internally and externally. 

We recognise the importance of individualised support and will collaborate closely with you to develop a tailored access plan if needed. Our approach is centered around the individual, aiming to cultivate an environment that is not only accessible but also inclusive, culturally sensitive, and trauma-informed for all participants.  

We encourage you to reach out to us to discuss your access rider or any concerns you may have regarding access: 

I use an assistance animal. Can I bring them into residence even though pets are not allowed?

Assistance animals are welcome, and we can offer guidance to ensure their readiness for your stay. We may request reasonable proof that your animal is a genuine assistance animal as Bundanon is a wildlife refuge.

Is the Artists in Residence Complex wheelchair accessible?

The Fern Apartment and Studio have been specifically designed to accommodate artists using wheelchairs. Access is facilitated through a ramp from the designated parking area to the apartment and studio, with the bathroom also being fully accessible. For those requiring specific measurements, such as doorway widths, detailed floor plans can be provided upon request.


How do you support First Nations artists in applying for a residency?

Bundanon encourages applications from First Nations artists and is committed to ensuring their cultural safety throughout the process and whilst in residence. If you need assistance with your application or seek more information on how we can ensure your cultural safety, please reach out to our Artist Liaison Officer. For those who prefer to speak with an identified First Nations staff member, please contact Bundanon’s Cultural Liaison Manager.  

How do you ensure cultural safety for First Nations artists while they are in residence?

Your cultural safety during your residency at Bundanon is of utmost importance to us. To ensure this, we offer several supportive measures. These include organising a Welcome to Country ceremony conducted by a respected member of the local Indigenous community, and if needed, arranging for a member of your own community to provide additional support during your stay.  

We encourage you to reach out to us to discuss any specific requirements or concerns you may have regarding cultural safety. If you prefer to speak directly with a First Nations staff member, please feel free to contact Bundanon’s Cultural Liaison Manager.

I want to work with local Traditional Custodians. Can you arrange that?

In alignment with our commitment to respecting local communities, we aim to avoid placing undue pressure on them. Therefore, it is the artist’s responsibility to conduct thorough research and engage appropriately with community members and organisations. This may include providing fair compensation where applicable.

What is a First Nations Engagement document?

A First Nations Engagement document outlines the efforts made by artists to research the local First Nations community and Indigenous Cultural & Intellectual Property (ICIP). This document may include details such as the dates and times of phone calls, books and research articles consulted, attendance at community meetings, and any other relevant activities undertaken in this regard. 

Bundanon has implemented this process to ensure that artists approach engagements with local communities in a respectful, well-researched, and genuine manner, without putting undue pressure on these communities. It is essential for artists to have a thorough understanding of First Nations culture, protocols, and sensitivities when interacting with Traditional Custodians. 

As part of this process, artists will also be required to sign an Indigenous Cultural & Intellectual Property Deed of Release with any First Nations knowledge holders they engage with during their residency. This agreement ensures that the rights and interests of First Nations communities are respected and protected throughout the artistic process. 

What are Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights (ICIP)?

Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights (ICIP) encompass the rights of First Nations peoples to control and protect their cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and expressions of culture.  

Bundanon acknowledges the centrality and significance of Culture and Country in all First Nations practices and knowledge. This understanding extends to the importance of protecting this knowledge and ensuring it is passed on in the proper ways. In acknowledging this, Bundanon commits to respect and uphold Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights (ICIP).     

Bundanon asks artists to consider if their work incorporates, is sourced from, or refers to cultural heritage material and, if so, to seek the appropriate consent from the community custodians.   

An ICIP Deed of Release form is available upon request.

What is Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) material?

ICIP refers to all aspects of First Peoples’ cultural heritage, including the tangible and intangible. Heritage comprises all objects, sites and knowledge, the nature or use of which has been transmitted or continues to be transmitted from generation to generation, and which is regarded as pertaining to a particular Indigenous group or its territory. The heritage of First Nations people is a living heritage, and includes, but is not limited to: 

  • any form of traditional knowledge (scientific, technical, ecological and ritual); 
  • literary, performing, musical and artistic works (including songs, music, dances, stories, ceremonies, symbols, languages, performance and designs); 
  • cultural objects (including, but not limited to arts, crafts, ceramics, jewellery, weapons, tools, visual arts, photographs, textiles, contemporary art practices); 
  • human tissues and remains; 
  • immovable sites of significance, sacred materials and information (including sacred/historically significant sites and burial grounds); 
  • documentation of Indigenous peoples’ heritage in all forms of media such as films, photographs, artistic works, books, reports and records taken by others, sound recordings and digital databases. 


I’ve submitted my application. What are the next steps?

After submitting your application, the next step is to relax and wait for the assessment process to take place. Your application will be carefully reviewed by the appropriate peer assessment panel, which may take several weeks. 

Once the assessment is complete, you will receive an email from Bundanon informing you of the outcome. This email will indicate whether your application has been successful, unsuccessful, or if you have been placed on the waiting list. 

In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the assessment process.

The results are in. Now what?

If you’ve been successful: 

Congratulations! You’ll receive an email detailing the next steps, which will include confirming your residency dates, signing your residency contract, and providing information for your Artist Profile on the Bundanon website.  

If you were not successful: 

Don’t be discouraged! The Bundanon Artists in Residence program is highly competitive. Take this opportunity to reflect on your application and consider areas for improvement. You may also wish to review the list of successful applicants and their Artist Profiles once published, as this can provide valuable insights and inspiration for future applications. Keep persevering and exploring new opportunities! 

Can I get feedback on my application?

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret to inform you that we are unable to provide feedback on individual residency applications. We appreciate your understanding and encourage you to continue honing your craft and exploring opportunities for artistic growth. 


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