Broken Hill Art Exchange (BHAE) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to building the creative industries of the city of Broken Hill and the Far West region of New South Wales, Australia. Our grass roots organisation offers a whole-of-community approach to art and community cultural development across all disciplines. The residency provides private live-in studio apartments and self-contained rooms with access to studio work-spaces. Residents can pursue their practices with uninterrupted time, or contribute to community activities by conducting workshops and exhibiting artworks as part of the organisations Desert Equinox yearly program. Applications to attend a residency are accepted throughout the year. BHAE facilitates the creation of events, activities and workshops and invites artists to realise their ideas with the community here in our Desert Equinox arts program. This program is BHAE's developmental platform toward establishing the Broken Hill Biennale of Art by 2022.
Broken Hill, established in 1883, is Australia's iconic mining city in far western New South Wales. Currently with a population of 17500, it is known as "the gateway to the outback". A popular film location, Mad Max II and Priscilla Queen of the Desert among many other films were shot here. Industry giant BHP was born here, and the city is famous for instituting industrial and social reforms that greatly shaped the growth of Australia. Mining remains the primary industry (the purest silver in the world is found here) but the city is home to over 20 art galleries and many museums, and attracts artists, academics, and students from around Australia and the world. It is a major tourist destination, situated as it is on the edge of the vastness of the outback, with links to the White Cliffs opal fields and the Riverina district of Mildura (Victoria). The sights and sounds of Australia's limitless interior are part of Broken Hill's lifestyle, inspiring artists for over a hundred years.
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