BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit micro artist residency program with a focus on supporting serious artists by facilitating their projects. Being “micro” means that we are flexible in the range of creative initiatives that interest us, personal in the way we work with individual artists, quick in making decisions, energetic in development and implementation of projects, open to multicultural and multidisciplinary collaborations.
BigCi provides a ground for the professional development of artists from various fields, such as the Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Literature, Music, Photography, Film, and Hybrid Arts.
Painters, sculptors, multimedia artists, performance artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers and other creative souls are invited to apply for the residency.
Curators, artistic directors, visionaries and ideas people are invited to propose events, gatherings, exhibitions and other creative initiatives.
In addition to the artist residency program, BigCi is available for a variety of events, workshops and exhibitions. Proposals are welcome.
Because of our location within the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains and the knowledge base of our team, many of our residents are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues, although many others use our beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.
BigCi is a member of ResArtis – worldwide network of artist residencies.
BigCi is established and run by Rae and Yuri Bolotin
Rae Bolotin is an artist and an Artistic Director of BigCi. She has always been interested in a wide variety of artistic endeavours and collaborations. Rae wants to see BigCi becoming a hub for the professional development of artists and is curious to observe how this unusual venue on the edge of a national park will affect their practice. You can find more information about Rae on www.raebolotin.com
Yuri Bolotin is a bushwalker, wilderness explorer and environmentalist with over 30 years experience in the Australian Bush. He regularly leads and takes part in wilderness research expeditions and is a member of the Blue Mountains Conservation Society and the Colong Foundation for Wilderness. He is currently overseeing the publication of a 9 book series on Gardens of Stone National Park, as well as writing a book about the Wollemi National Park North to South Traverse.
BigCi is supported by a group of enthusiastic volunteers.