The Broken Hill Art Exchange provides live-in residencies, exhibition and workshop spaces, consultancy services, events and project management .
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We are continually catering for new events, projects, exhibitions, members and residencies.
About the Broken Hill Art Exchange
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 uninterrupted 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.
It's about time!
2020 Environmental Art Awards open for submissions
Broken Hill Art Exchange is thrilled to launch this year's city-wide challenge!
Now a cornerstone of BHAE’s calendar of events, the Environmental Art Award challenges you to create a work of art in any discipline and exhibit / stage / demonstrate it in a location of your choosing in Broken Hill.
With a prize pool of $3,000 and the opportunity to have your work showcased by BHAE, it's a great opportunity for artists at all stages of development to use an entire city as a gallery.
The basics are simple:
Create a work in any discipline, from painting to performance based on one of the following elements: Fire, Earth, Water, or Air.
Find a place in Broken Hill to install or exhibit your work.
You can enter as many times as you like.
The competition is open to all ages.
An independent panel of judges tours the city to find a winner in each category.
The winners will be announced on Saturday 7th November.
For full details, Terms and Conditions, visit
Register by midnight Sunday 20 September 2020
Desert Equinox Environmental Program
A Prelude to the Future Broken Hill Biennale of Art, a 2020 vision
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 highlighting balance, equilibrium and interdependence between the elements of nature and society. The program consists of a series of events including artists in residence, workshops, exhibitions and special projects held across the city of Broken Hill between March and November each year. At the culmination of the each year the Broken Hill Art Exchange hosts a city wide art challenge and art prizes are awarded in each of the elemental themes of Sun (solar), Air (wind), Earth and Water.
A catalogue is produced during the city wide art challenge, including a location map where artworks entered into the prize can be viewed as well as articles profiling artists and participants in the yearly program.
The Desert Equinox Environmental Program is research in action by the Broken Hill Art Exchange as a prelude to developing a Broken Hill Biennale of Art in 2020.
The Broken Hill Art Exchange (BHAE)
Founded in 2001, 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 artists, galleries and educational institutions wishing to experience Broken Hill for their next field trip or excursion.
Broken Hill was named as Australia's Heritage city in 2015 and its environments present the opportunity for innovative research and artistic development. BHAE's international residencies offer the best of both worlds. We have Residencies @ The Grand, situated in the culture hub of the city's main street for artists seeking a vibrant community atmosphere or if the serenity of the outback is the break your needing, apply for our Residencies @ Duff Street near Patton Village .
THE BROKEN HILL CULTURE HUB
BHAE is a NFP organisation founded in 2001 to provide an Artist Residency and promote the exchange of ideas and skills in Broken Hill and the Far West NSW region. In 2016-17 BHAE was closely associated with heritage renovations of the Grand Guesthouse (a local Motel), and was subsequently invited to manage the complex that includes a residential area, a gallery, public courtyard, and workshop spaces.
We are creating an inclusive and holistic hub that invites and facilitates the public to participate in artistic practises without the need for qualification or experience. This facility will invigorate the centre of the city, and create an artistic precinct that will be unique in regional Australia.
BHAE requires your help to facilitate its move and establish its new headquarters. Once completed, we will be able to launch a much expanded program of events, activities and workshops, and implement schedules that bring master artists and industry leaders to Broken Hill.
Broken Hill is popularly regarded as an artist’s city, but what is lacking is a hub of engagement for artists and the public. This might be true of some communities across Australia, but it is a particularly acute issue in remote Broken Hill: lacking the facility to exchange ideas, materials and skills with neighbouring communities, public engagement with the arts can be isolating and exclusive. BHAE addresses these kind of issues – including the debate surrounding the missing “A for Art” in “STEM” – by operating an artist residency and a network of artists and academics working across disciplines. This is crucial for both imbuing local artists and craftspeople with a sense of relevance and confidence in their work, and for encouraging the flow of ideas both ways.
These aspects of BHAE’s activities and the potentials of a central culture hub ultimately contribute to the establishment of the Broken Hill Biennale of Art – the organisation’s core goal.
BHAE operates on the efforts of its volunteer staff through and through. While working to highlight Broken Hill, the talents of its people, and the importance of the arts in environment, industry and everyday life, BHAE is sustained by income generated almost exclusively from its residency program. Therefore with help BHAE will be able to make its transition “one room at a time”. Donated funds will be used to get up and running immediately, effectively and efficiently.
They will pay for: moving costs; office installation; residency outfitting (furnishings, etc); and subsidised spaces for art-making, events and workshops.
The creation of this cultural hub – in essence an art precinct in the heart of a mining city – provides a demonstration of how the Arts engage and reinforce “sense of community” and endures throughout time.
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