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Regional Arts Development Central West NSW

Info session: Hill End AIR Program

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Monday 11 March, 10am, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery. BRAG invites you to an information session on the future direction of the Hill End Artist in Residence Program (Hill End AiR).

TIME: 10am – 12pm

LOCATION: Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

RSVP by 4 March 2024 to

For over 50 years the historic gold mining town of Hill End has been the site of significant artistic creativity and inspiration for some of Australia’s best known artists including Jean Bellette, Russell Drysdale, Margaret Olley, John Olsen, Ben Quilty, Jeffrey Smart, and Brett Whiteley.

BRAG plays a significant role in contributing to the cultural development of Hill End through its management of the highly successful Hill End AiR Program.

The Hill End AIR has underpinned the cultural fabric of Hill End since the first pilot residencies were undertaken 1994. Since then, it has grown into one of Australia’s most celebrated residency programs with over 350 artists from across Australia and the world continuing a tradition of creative response to Hill End going back to the 1940s.

The Hill End AiR temporarily closed in 2022 to allow the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) to undertake a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the renewal of leases for historic residency cottages, Haefligers, and Murrays. Bathurst Regional Council has held leases on these properties since 1999 and 2001 respectively.

The EOI is being undertaken in line with NSW Government policy requiring an open market process for lease negotiations. Evaluation of EOIs will be guided by the statutory Plan of Management for the Hill End Historic Site which includes a strong focus on supporting and promoting Hill End’s artistic heritage and community.