Broken Hill Art Exchange

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Broken Hill Culture Hub

Broken Hill Art Exchange intends to establish a cultural hub in the centre of Broken Hill, re-tasking a disused heritage building. The goal is for community engagement across all artistic disciplines.

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BHAE is a NFP organisation founded in 2001 to provide an Artist Residence and exchange of ideas and skills in Broken Hill and the Far West NSW region. In 2016-17 it was closely associated with heritage renovations of the Grand Guesthouse, and was subsequently invited to manage the complex that includes a residential area, a gallery, public courtyard, and workshop spaces.

We are looking to create an inclusive and holistic hub that invites and facilitates the public to participate in artistic practises without the need for qualification or experience. This facility will invigorate the centre of the city, creating an artistic precinct that will be unique in regional Australia.
BHAE requires your help to facilitate its move and establish its new headquarters. Once completed, we will be able to launch a much expanded program of events, activities and workshops, and implement schedules that bring master artists and industry leaders to Broken Hill.

Broken Hill is popularly regarded as an artist’s city, but what is lacking is a hub of engagement for artists and the public. This might be true of most communities in Australia, but it is a particularly acute issue in remote Broken Hill: lacking the facility to exchange ideas, materials and skills with neighbouring communities, public engagement with the arts can be isolating and exclusive. BHAE addresses these kind of issues – including the debate surrounding the missing “A for Art” in “STEM” – by operating an artist residency and a network of artists and academics working across disciplines. This is crucial for both imbuing local artists and craftspeople with a sense of relevance and confidence in their work, and for encouraging the flow of ideas both ways.
These aspects of BHAE’s activities and the potentials of a central culture hub ultimately contribute to the establishment of the Broken Hill Biennale of Art – the organisation’s core goal.

BHAE operates on the efforts of its volunteer staff through and through. While working to highlight Broken Hill, the talents of its people, and the importance of the arts in environment, industry and everyday life, BHAE is sustained by income generated almost exclusively from its residency program. Therefore without help BHAE will be able to make its transition “one room at a time”. Donated funds will be used to get up and running immediately, effectively and efficiently.
They will pay for: moving costs; office installation; residency outfitting (furnishings, etc); and subsidised spaces for art-making, events and workshops.

The creation of this cultural hub – in essence an art precinct in the heart of a mining city – provides a demonstration of how the Arts engage and reinforce “sense of community” and endures throughout time.

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Since 2001 Broken Hill Art Exchange has existed as an artist residence and hub for the interchange of skills and ideas across any and all artistic disciplines. A not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, it’s been tireless in conducting workshops, exhibitions, events and projects in the Silver City, and its goal is to establish the Broken Hill Biennale of Art in 2020. The artist residency program welcomes all artists and academics to the city and far west NSW region to pursue their passions and often works with them in delivering a project to the public and engaging with the broader community.
Pursuing innovation, and sustainable environments, BHAE sees ways in which art can influence industry (as well as vice versa), and how cultural heritage can shape modern perceptions. In 16 years of operation the organisation continues to seek ways for Broken Hill and its inhabitants to shine as bright as the sunlight it basks in.


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