International Artist Residency

Call for entries


As part of the Sidney Nolan Centenary celebrations, the Sidney Nolan Trust is delighted to announce a very special opportunity: a group exhibition at The Rodd and an international residency for UK artists. Artists of any age or stage of their career are invited to apply for a 4 week residency at The Bundanon Trust in New South Wales, Australia.

Who can apply?

This opportunity is open to all artists resident in the UK for a minimum of tha last 5 years.  Artists may be working in any two or three-dimensional media including:  painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, the applied arts, video or installation.

How to apply

Artists are required to enter online using the online entry form here giving a brief summary of their current practice and a description of how the residency will develop their practice.  Artists are also required to submit a one page A4 CV and up to 6 images or video links of current work.

Entry Fee

A non-refundable entry fee of £25

Panel of judges

Professor Rod Bugg is a practising artist, represented by Galerie de Witte Voet and Emeritus Professor of the University of Arts, London.  Until December 2006 he was Principal and CEO of Wimbledon School of Art London. Rod is a Trustee of the Sidney Nolan Trust.

Deborah Ely has been the Chief Executive Officer at Bundanon Trust since 2006. Prior to this Deborah was the Visual Arts and Craft Manager at Arts New South Wales. Previous positions include Director of the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney; founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne; Co-ordinator of the first Experimenta festival of new media in Australia and Visual Arts Director of Watershed Media Centre in the UK. She was trained in Britain as a painter and art historian and is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong.

Clare Woods is a renowned painter who lives and works in the Welsh borders. Her work is held in many major international collections including the Arts Council England Collection, the Arken Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, USA. Her new exhibition, Victim of Geography, opens at Dundee Contemporary Art on 24th June 2017. Recent exhibitions include Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, Oriel Davies Gallery in Wales, National Museum of Wales, Buchmann Gallerie in Berlin, and a permanent public commission for the London 2012 Olympic Park.

About the Exhibition and Residency

Three artists will be selected for a group show at The Sidney Nolan Trust’s gallery at The Rodd in Herefordshire during September 2017.  Each artist will receive a £250 transport and travel allowance.

During this exhibition one artist will be selected and offered a 4 week residency at Bundanon 8 October-5 November 2018.  

The residency will cover the following costs:

Return flight to Sydney, Australia
£1,000 to cover artist’s expenses & fee

Key dates

19 June 2017 - Closing deadline for applications
17 July 2017 - Artists will be notified of the results
September 2017 - Shortlisted artists exhibition at The Rodd, Presteigne, Herefordshire
Autumn 2017 - Announcement of winning artist
8 October to 5 November 2018 - Residency period

About the Sidney Nolan Trust


The Sidney Nolan Trust was established at The Rodd near Presteigne in 1985, fulfilling Sidney Nolan’s long-held plans to create a place in a rural setting for his own paintings and for music; plans that had been inspired by his visits to his friend Benjamin Britten’s foundation at The Maltings in Suffolk. Sidney purchased Rodd Farm, the land surrounding The Rodd, in order to preserve the setting for his Trust and to enable the Trust to care for a precious piece of land for which he had developed a passion and great respect.


About The Bundanon Trust



Back in 1993, Arthur Boyd, one of Australia’s leading landscape painters, dedicated his studio and properties at Bundanon on the Shoalhaven River to the arts.  The Bundanon Trust offers an inspirational setting for creative thinkers, professional artists and groups, from all disciplines of the arts, to create, rejuvenate, explore ideas, embrace change, and exemplify excellence in contemporary arts practice. We host them in purpose-built studios on our Shoalhaven River properties on the south coast of New South Wales. Read more...

Sydney Airport is the closest international airport to Bundanon Trust. It is then a three hour drive or train trip.


Contact Us

Sidney Nolan Trust,
The Rodd, Presteigne, Powys,

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T: +44 (0)1544 260 149
Registered Charity No: 326945

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Arts Council England