Arthur Boyd and his family wanted other artists to experience the beauty of the Shoalhaven, and to be inspired. Our studios are the result of that gift. On the edge of the forest, with cows grazing in the distance and a mob of kangaroos resting in the shade of an old gum tree, our studios offer peace and the chance to focus. Your time is your own, shaped only by weather and seasons.
The Musicians Cottage is a self-contained cottage with three bedrooms. It has a large living space, dining area and kitchen. There is a rear studio space with a Yamaha baby grand piano, which is tuned regularly. Access to the Steinway grand piano in the Bundanon Homestead can be arranged on request.
The front bedroom has a king-size bed that can be divided into two single beds if required. The middle bedroom has a single bed, while the back bedroom has a king-size bed.
There are two bathrooms and a laundry.
The Writers Cottage is a self-contained cottage. It has two bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with a king single, as well as a living space/study, kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
It does not have adjoining studio space, but the living area has a large working desk overlooking the Bundanon fields. There is also a upright piano in the single bedroom.
Note that the only access to the double bedroom is through the single bedroom.
The Gonski Apartment has one bedroom with a queen-size bed, a living room and a bathroom. The kitchen is shared with the Sherman Apartment.
Across the courtyard from the apartment is a converted 19th century barn that houses two studios separated by sliding doors. Artists in the Gonski have access to one of these studios. Both have sinks, work tables, chairs and easels, and are suitable for any form of creative practice that needs a space that can tolerate a bit of mess. They are less suitable for noisy work, as only a thin partition separates them from each other.
The Sherman Apartment has two bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and the other with a single bed. It also has a living room and a bathroom. The kitchen is shared with the Gonski.
Across the courtyard from the apartment is a converted 19th century barn that houses two studios separated by sliding doors. Artists in the Sherman have access to one of these studios. Both have sinks and are suitable for any form of creative practice that needs a space that can tolerate a bit of mess. They are less suitable for noisy work, as only a thin partition separates them from each other.
The Fern Apartment has one bedroom with a queen-size bed and a bathroom. The kitchen is shared with the Freedman Apartment.
Adjoining the apartment is a 42sqm studio with a sitting room, as well as a work table, chairs, easel and sink.
The Fern Apartment is accessible for an artist with a wheelchair.
The Freedman Apartment has one bedroom with a queen-size bed and a bathroom. The kitchen is shared with the Fern Apartment.
Adjoining the apartment is a 34sqm studio with a sitting room, as well as a work table, chairs, easel and sink.
The Dorothy Porter Studio is a stand-alone building specifically designed as a rehearsal space for dance and performance work. It is 6.3m x 11.6m with a fully sprung floor and 8m high ceiling.
The Dorothy Dwyer Silversmiths Studio is our newest facility. It provides all the necessary working conditions, equipment and tools for professional silversmiths to pursue their practice, and is the result of the generosity of the family of celebrated silversmith Dorothy Dwyer.
The Arthur & Yvonne Boyd Education Centre at Riversdale can be used for group residencies. The Centre has 16 twin rooms to accommodate a maximum of 32 people with shared bathrooms and toilets.
The Bundanon Trust has two properties, Bundanon and Riversdale. They are on the Shoalhaven River approximately 3.5 hours drive south of Sydney.
Our Artist-in-Residence complex is at Bundanon, while the Boyd Education Centre and our main office are at Riversdale.
There is no public transport to Bundanon or Riversdale. The closest train station is Bomaderry on the South Coast line from Sydney. See timetable information here.
Buses also run from Sydney to Nowra.
If you have no car, we can pick you up from Bomaderry station at certain times. Please contact us for more details about when and how.
What to bring
Equipment available on request
There is a printing press stored in the Dorothy Porter Studio that is available to residents. We may also be able to supply a data projector, a projection screen and a sound system, depending on availability. Please let us know well in advance if you would like to use any of these.
Ramsay Study Centre
Residents are welcome to use the Ramsay Study Centre for research purposes. Use is by appointment only. See more information about the Centre.
All the studios at Bundanon have internet access via either WiFi or Ethernet (cable not supplied).
The Boyd Education Centre at Riversdale is also covered by a WiFi network.
All Bundanon residences have telephones for local landline calls only. There is very limited mobile phone coverage on site at Bundanon and it should not be relied on. Residents with their own computers can use Skype or similar software to make external calls. Another alternative is to buy a phonecard before arriving from providers such as Telstra.
The rooms in the Boyd Education Centre do not have phones. However, there is good mobile phone coverage at Riversdale.
We supply all linen and towels.
Heating and cooling
Bundanon generally has a mild climate, but temperatures in winter occasionally reach zero at night and in summer often go above 30°. All residences have heaters and fans.
Cooking and eating
All residences have fully equipped kitchens with cookware, crockery and cutlery.
The Fern and Freedman apartments share a kitchen, as do the Sherman and Gonski. If you require specialised equipment such as blenders, juicers, rice makers and pasta makers, you should bring them with you.
The Fern and Freedman apartments share a laundry, containing washing machine and dryer, as do the Gonski and Sherman. The Writers Cottage and the Musicians Cottage have their own laundry facilities.
Visitors, including children of resident artists, are generally not permitted to stay on our properties due to the need to respect the solitude of fellow artists. Artists with exceptional circumstances can apply to the CEO for special consideration.
Bundanon and Riversdale are wildlife refuges. Except for assistance dogs, pets are not permitted on the site.