Broken Hill Art Exchange is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to building the creative industries of the city of Broken Hill and the Far West region of New South Wales, Australia. Our grass roots organisation offers a whole-of-community approach to art and community cultural development.
The Art Exchange is a trans-disciplinary organisation facilitating the arts and other sectors engaging artistic practices. The residency provides private live-in studio apartments and self-contained rooms with access to studio workspaces. Residents can pursue their practices with uninterupted time, or contribute to community activities by conducting workshops and exhibiting artworks as part of the organisations Desert Equinox yearly program.
Applications to attend a residency are accepted throughout the year by completing the forms below. Please note that membership to the Broken Hill Art Exchange is a prerequisite.
The first Desert Equinox held in Broken Hill was in 2012. Allan Giddy, Director of the Environmental Research Initiative for Art utilised Broken Hill's unique environments as the backdrop to exploring the uses of solar technology in art. Since then a yearly environmental program of events encompassing the themes of Sun/solar, Earth, Water and Air has evolved under the direction of the Broken Hill Art Exchange.
The Desert Equinox is an environmental program consisting of a series of events including artists in residence, workshops, exhibitions and special projects held across the city of Broken Hill between March and Novemember each year. Throughout the yearly calendar all four themes are explored with two prize art exhibitions held each year. The first exhibition is the 'Solar and Wind' prize in June / July and the second is the 'Water and Air' prize in October / November. A catalogue is produced during each exhibition, including a map of locations where artworks entered into the prize can be viewed as well as articles profiling artists and participants in the program. The Desert Equinox Environmental Program is research in action project by the Broken Hill Art Exchange and a prelude to developing a Broken Hill Biennale of Art in 2020.
Founded in 2001, the Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc. is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers. The aim of the organisation is to support the progress of art and artists. We facilitate workshops and projects by visiting and local participants to create partnerships and linkages between the arts and other sectors (e.g. health, environment, education, industry and business).
The organisation's concept of exchange operates on multiple levels including the exchange of skills, knowledge and resources between different art practices, industries and communities.
BHAE Inc. welcomes interest from educational institutions wishing to establish campuses and conduct student field trips to the city. These initiatives present the opportunity for innovative research and development raising awareness about Broken Hill as Australia's first Heritage City. Its social, environmental, economic and cultural impact on nation building as well as its relevance to the post-industrial world are key focal drives of BHAE's international residency program.
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The Broken Hill Art Exchange is assisted by the Broken Hill City Council.
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