About

Gunyah

Program Overview:
  • open to applications from visual artists, writers, curators, composers, musicians, performers, designers, arts administrators, new media artists and other creators 
  • low cost accommodation for short term self-directed residencies for solo, collaborative, family and group projects
  • volunteer based, not for profit venture, aiming to share the unique and inspiring region of Port Stephens 
  • the 2018 program will run from May to November, with seven residencies each lasting eleven days.


  • Gunyah jetty


Residency fees:
  • 2018 residencies at Gunyah cost $400 for eleven days or part thereof (this residency fee covers the use of the whole property, it does not apply per person)
  • A refundable $50 key deposit is required
  • Artists are welcome to bring their families and friends

Gunyah sundeck

The house:
  • Gunyah is a unique three bedroom house in the village of North Arm Cove, in the NSW Great Lakes region. Overlooking the waterways of Port Stephens, Gunyah offers an idyllic retreat to produce artwork or pursue creative research.
  • Gunyah's pole-house design, timber paneling and casual furnishings creates a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. The sundeck at treetop level catches the sea breeze and overlooks the water. During cooler evenings you can settle into cosy lounges around the log fire place. 
  • Gunyah has three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, spacious dining and living areas, gas barbeque, log fire place, ceiling fans, a mezzanine loft and a downstairs tiled room that can be used as a studio space. A path leads from the side of the house, down through the bushland garden, to the property's waterfront and jetty.

Gunyah deck and loft windows


The studio:
  • The downstairs studio features a wall of floor to ceiling slatted windows providing plenty of natural light. 
  • The studio has a tiled floor – artists working with paint and glue etc are requested to use the drop sheets provided. 
  • Adjacent to the studio is the second bathroom, equipped with a laundry tub, which can be used for cleaning water-based paints.

Gunyah studio

Background:
  • Gunyah was designed and built thirty years ago by a group of friends as a fun weekend project and holiday house. This group still own, manage and maintain the property; and their friends and families continue to enjoy holidays at Gunyah.
  • Kath Fries is a Sydney based artist, and the coordinator of the artist-in-residence program. She was a toddler when Gunyah was first built by her parents and their friends, and she continues to visit Gunyah for holidays and writing retreats. 

Gunyah bedroom two

Other considerations:
  • Gunyah is a 3 hour drive north of Sydney, 1 hour north of Newcastle.
  • There is car parking at the front door for three vehicles.
  • Please be aware that the property runs on tank water.
  • Artists must supply their own bed linen, food and art supplies. 
  • Artists may invite additional people to visit them at Gunyah, but please note it can only accommodate a maximum of 6 adults overnight.
  • Artists are responsible for insuring their property (work, materials, tools and vehicles etc) whilst on the premises.
  • Artists are required to clean the house and studio at the end of their residency, leaving it in the same condition as they found it (cleaning products and equipment are provided).

Gunyah lounge and fireplace

Please note there is:
  • No public transport (it is essential that artists have their own vehicle)
  • No washing machine (nearest Laundromat is in Tea Gardens)
  • No telephone landline or internet (most mobile services provide some coverage)
  • No linen provided (artists will need to bring their own bed sheets and bath towels)       

Gunyah studio windows

Results of your Residency:
  • There is no exhibition or presentation outcome requirement, however artists application statements and images will included on the Gunyah artist-in-residence blog  www.gunyah.blogspot.com
  • After the conclusion of each residency artists are required to submit a residency report and images, which will be posted on Gunyah artist-in-residence blog.