Address: 533 Bundanon Rd, Illaroo, NSW, 2540
Traditional Owners: Wodi Wodi
Bundanon was created as an organisation to support creativity and learning in a unique cultural and natural landscape.
Located on Wodi Wodi Country, along the Shoalhaven River, Bundanon stretches across two sites comprising 1000 hectares of bushland and farmed areas, an Art Museum, The Bridge for creative learning, the Boyd Education Centre, the Homestead and Artist in Residence Complex.
Founded as a gift to the Australian public from Arthur and Yvonne Boyd, their expressed wish was for community and artists of all disciplines to experience the beauty of the Shoalhaven and be inspired to create, develop and make new work.
Our Artist in Residence program is the result of the Boyds’ generous act, and every year approximately 350 artists are welcomed to the program. Initiated in 1997, it is the largest Artist in Residence program in Australia. Individuals, groups and companies from across the world find the time spent at Bundanon invaluable to their creative and professional development.
The Artist in Residence program provides participants with an inspiring and spacious environment to experiment with their arts practice, stimulate inspiration, energy and connection to other creative researchers.
The Artist in Residence Complex offers accommodation as well as studio and rehearsal space.
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.
Available accommodation spaces are The Baffsky Writers’ Cottage, Sherman and Fern Apartments.
Available October 2021
Accessible apartment available late October 2021
The Dorothy Porter Studio and Fern Apartment are wheelchair accessible. There is approximately 20 metres distance between the buildings across grass and gravelled area. The property has uneven surfaces (grass and gravelled areas, wombat holes).
On site accommodation available in the following:
The Baffsky Writers’ Cottage (available 11 – 30 Oct): a self-contained cottage with two bedrooms, one with a double bed, the other with a king single, as well as a living space/study, kitchen, bathroom and laundry.
Note that the only access to the double bedroom is through the single bedroom.
The Sherman Apartment (available 11 – 30 Oct): two bedroom apartment, one with a queen-size bed and the other a single bed. It also has a living room and a bathroom. The kitchen is shared with the Gonski apartment.
The Fern Apartment (available 25 – 30 Oct) 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 worktable, chairs, easel and sink.
The Fern Apartment is accessible for an artist with a wheelchair.
Getting there and around
Bundanon is located approximately 20 minutes from the regional town of Nowra, NSW on a remote property encompassing 1000 hectares of bush and parkland along the Shoalhaven River. It is two and a half hours drive from Sydney and Canberra and one hour from the Southern Highlands and Wollongong.
It is recommended that you bring your own vehicle to Bundanon if possible, as there is no public transport.
Bundanon staff can organise transfers from Bomaderry (train station) and Nowra (Stuart Place) bus terminal if required, and will provide a shopping trip into Nowra once a week; however we recommend that you bring your own vehicle.
- Bundanon will have 2 Artists in Residence (October)
- Bushwalks across the property: Treelines Track;
- Haunted Point Loop and Amphitheatre
- Bundanon Open Day (every Sunday) with tours of the Historic Homestead and Arthur Boyd Studio
- Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival (October)
- South Coast Food and Wine Festival (October)
- White box choreography
- Natural environment
- Solo or group work
- Expanded practices (e.g., installation)
- AV equipment
- Community workshops
- Showing at end of residency
- Community contacts
- Artist talk for other artists/general public about practice
- Marketing and social media materials
- Encourage a showing at end of residency
- Encourage content for Bundanon’s Field Notes (creative research platform on our website
Nicole Smede, Engagement | Curatorial and Learning