Open Cut Commission

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The Open Cut Commission invites artists to present an artistic proposal for the research and development of new work for exhibition at the Broken Hill City Art Gallery. It awards $10,000 to two artists or collectives to undertake field work in the Far West of NSW to develop a creative, responsive project.

The Open Cut Commission is proudly supported by CreateNSW.


About the Commission

In 2023, the Open Cut Commission will award two (2) artists or collectives $10,000 to undertake field work in the Far West of NSW and develop a responsive project.  

The outcomes of the project will be included in the Broken Hill City Art Gallery's 2024 artistic program. Open Cut builds on the long history of residencies and field work undertaken in the region and continues to support creative practice in regional Australia. 

Who can apply

The Open Cut Commission is open to all arts professionals working in all disciplines. This includes, but is not limited to, artists, writers, performers, directors, musicians, historians, curators and educators. The commission is to support the research and development of new work.  

Your proposal should reference why this commission is relevant to your current practice at this stage of your career.

How to apply

Applicants need to apply online during the application period at 

Applicants should create a proposal in .pdf format that includes:

  • An outline of your artistic or research project – this could span visual art, text, performance or sonic outcomes (max 300 words).
  • A statement describing the indicative exhibition outcome – this is not limited to a realised body of work and could include documention of field work and ephemera (200 words).
  • Other support material – this may include a mixture of up to 10 labeled images, and up to one video/multimedia work (ensure this is uploaded to an accessible third-party website such as YouTube, Vimeo or Soundcloud, with links provided at the end of your proposal document).

Applicants are required to upload their CV and a current Artist Bio.

More Information

Any questions about the residency and application process should be directed to:

Broken Hill City Art Gallery


Applications for the 2023 Open Cut Commission are now open and close on Friday, 20th October 2023.

Application Form