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RALPH WOODFORD ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM

The Byron School of Art Ralph Woodford Residency is a residency program for artists working in a range of disciplines. Artists are provided with comfortable accommodation and a studio space located in the Byron Bay hinterland. The quiet idyllic location provides a contemplative living space and studio for artists to work and to carry out research away from the hustle and bustle and ongoing commitments of everyday living. This new initiative aims not only to foster and support artistic development of individual artists, but also to bring critically engaging contemporary work to our community and to the Byron School of Art. There are two streams for the residency a Self Funded Residency and an Invited Artist Residency. 

The BSA Ralph Woodford Residency recipient from both streams will have the opportunity to engage with our students as well our vibrant regional arts community through possible workshops, exhibitions or artist talks.  In turn, BSA students will have the opportunity to engage with local, national and international artists who participate in this program.

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THE PROPERTY

Situated a ten-minute drive south of Mullumbimby, the 21 acre property is beautifully set against an impressive rock face. The cabin is quietly nestled into its environment with views from Byron Bay to Brunswick Heads. Previously a banana plantation, the garden’s design was implemented and overseen by iconic bush regenerator, Ralph Woodford. The five-year project reunited Ralph with his former employer, landscape designer, Paul Thompson, and together a fully realised artistic expression based on a lifetime of experience has emerged.

THE CABIN

The simple but beautifully constructed cabin is fully equipped with all basic facilities. The cabin contains a 60sqm combined living/kitchen area with a loft space. Artists will need to provide their own food. There is a full bathroom within the cabin. The cabin can accommodate one or two artists. It is not suitable for young children and pets are not permitted.

THE STUDIO

The 42sqm studio is detached from the living space. It contains two work tables and an easel. Artists will need to provide all of their own materials for the duration of their stay.

THE AMENITIES

The cabin is “off-grid” – solar powered with back-up generator. Rainwater is collected in large tanks. There is ample power and hot and cold running water. The kitchen is complete with stove, oven, refrigerator and freezer, and there is a washing machine. A gas heater is available for the cooler months and all bedding and towels will be provided. There is mobile coverage in the cabin and Wi-Fi can be arranged.

CALENDAR

Please note that the region can be hot and has a wet season and applications are open from the months of April to November for this reason.  However, in unusual circumstances dates outside of the months may be considered on a case by case basis. 

TARIFFS AND FEES

For artists participating in the Self-Funded Residency Program, there is a one-off administration and service fee of $330; a residency fee of $1200 for the month, and refundable bond of $400 to cover any costs associated with damage or extraordinary cleaning.

All fees include GST and are due on confirmation of your successful application. 

For artist participating in the Invited Artist Residency Program, there is a one-off Administrative and Services fee of $330 payable upon accepting the residency.

Successful applicants will be responsible for all other costs including food, transport, travel costs, insurance and art materials. There is no stipend or living allowance attached to the stay.  The artists may like to consider other ways to fund their visit. Though it is only 15 minutes from the town of Mullumbimby, due to its location artists will need a car for the duration of the residency. Please note that the Byron School of Art does not provide transport and that artists are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

WILDLIFE

It is a common experience to come across wildlife during your stay including numerous native birds and wallabies.  We ask artists to be aware of these possibilities and the presence of other wildlife such as snakes.      

APPLICATION PROCESS  

Proposals are welcome throughout the year but please note there are a limited number of spaces available, and it is recommended that applications are submitted well in advance. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application. Application forms will be available on our website from August 2018.  Until then enquiries should be sent to admin@byronschoolofart.com