AIR Program

Since its inception in 2010 the B—CSC has hosted over 60 national and international artists within their artist in residence program. The AiR program is designed to provide artists the opportunity to consider and respond to the alpine environment and its attendant complexities including the tension between conservation and exploitation. The B—CSC has two residency programs, the Supported Residency and the Micro Residency. The Supported Residency program provides artists with accommodation and logistical support to enable fieldwork, practice based research and community engagement. The Micro Residency program offers subsidized accommodation and general support for artists and artist groups, by facilitating access to the region and its various communities and organisations.

The B—CSC has curated AiR artists into two site-specific festivals Bogong ELECTRIC and Bogong AIR; one international exhibition Sonic Interventions [AT], featuring the works of 14 contemporary Australian and Austrian sound artists who investigate the relationship between the natural and constructed environment; two national exhibitions CURRENT and Electricity: Watts the Story, interrogating issues informing acoustic ecology, renewable energy and environmental sustainability. It actively facilities public programs including Art-Talking in which visiting artists present talks to the local alpine community in order to provide remote and regional communities access to contemporary art theories and practices. Artworks generated by AiR artists have been showcased in several publications including Creative Businesses in Australia produced by the Creative Industries Innovation Centre (2015), Great Art Stories From Regional Australia produced by Regional Arts Australia (2014), Sounds of Weather produced by Musashino Art University Japan (2014), and Invisible City Issue 07: Remote (2014).

Please Note:
The application period for the 2017 Support Residency program is now closed. The call for 2018 applications will be announced in mid 2017. To stay informed of the B–CSC callouts and events please subscribe to our newsletter.

Our Program

The B­—CSC was established to provide opportunities for artists to creatively engage with Australia’s Alpine National Park, a region renowned for its remoteness, unique ecology and intemperate climate. The Australian Alps produces 80% of Australia’s fresh water supply yet only comprises one percent of its landmass. While the bulk of it is designated as national park, the Australian Alps are also the site of quite complex industrial and commercial enterprises including alpine resorts and hydroelectric power schemes. Hydroelectricity is posited as a sustainable source of renewable energy. Through massive earthworks and complex technical infrastructure, pressurized water is mobilized to generate the electricity required to power the everyday spaces that we inhabit. The range of infrastructure used to exploit the gravitational force of falling or flowing water including turbines, pumps, sub stations, dams and aqueducts and the manner in which they inhabit the natural environment provides a rich source for investigation for a wide range of artists. The relationship between the natural and constructed environment used to collect and exploit this water supply is quite complex and variegated, providing a compelling subject for consideration given the current discourse surrounding sustainable methods of energy production.

Image–Geoff Robinson