BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit micro artist residency program with a focus on supporting practicing 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, keen to be involved in 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, performances, workshops, installations and exhibitions. Proposals are welcome.
Because of our location within the UNESCO 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 has collaborative links with a number of art organisations, including Asialink, Artspace Sydney, Sydney Biennale, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Goyang Art Studio, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea.
BigCi is a member of Res Artis – 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 wilderness explorer, author 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 has recently published the first of the series of books about the Wollemi National Park and is also one of the three authors contributing to the publication of a 9 book series on Gardens of Stone National Park. You can find more about Yuri’s wilderness explorations on www.bushexplorers.com.au
BigCi is supported by a group of enthusiastic volunteers.