World Heritage Artist in Residence Program
Karen Miranda Abel from Toronto Canada has been selected as the 2018 Blue Mountains World Heritage Artist in Residence. Drawing from the scientific discovery that the Greater Blue Mountains is home to the world’s oldest known caves (Jenolan), Abel will study the area’s cave formations as symbols of stability and refuge in a changing landscape – timeless sanctuaries increasingly threatened by coal mining.
IMAGE: KAREN MIRANDA ABEL Desert Pool 2016
In recognition of the significance and outstanding beauty of the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre launched The World Heritage Artists in Residence Program. This program consists of a 6-week artist residency for one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, sponsored by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Emerging, mid-career and established visual artists working in any medium from Australia and overseas are encouraged to apply.
The aim of the program is to support excellence and innovation in the development of new work and to facilitate professional development opportunities for emerging, mid-career and established artists in a nurturing environment. The residency encourages artists to draw inspiration from one of the world’s most environmentally and historically significant locations – The Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The Blue Mountains have always been of inspiration for many well known artists, who produced works which are now held in Australia’s most significant galleries and collections. The World Heritage Artist in Residency Program provides a platform for artists to create new, quality work, to preserve and interpret the history of the Blue Mountains, to educate current and future generations and to continue the great legacy of artists who have been inspired by the Blue Mountains. Artists are required to submit a concept proposal in their application form, outlining what they are planning to produce for the exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery.
ABOUT BigCi – Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives
BigCi, located in Bilpin, Blue Mountains, is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency. BigCi provides a ground for the professional development of artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Film, and Hybrid Arts. Artists undertake BigCi residencies to develop ideas, create new work or to deepen their existing art practice. BigCi is a large 8-acre property, right on the doorstep of Wollemi National Park, in the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains, about one and a half hours drive from Sydney. Located along the dramatic Botanists Way, BigCi is within easy reach by car from the world famous Blue Mountains National Park and the stunning Gardens of Stone National Park.
Top Image: PEACHEY & MOSIG work in progress 2015, photographic print. Image courtesy the artist