Sunsiz Media invites artists and writers to experience the NSW outback to create works of art and spend time in the black opal mining town of Lightning Ridge.

Dr Jillian Gates, artist, educator and director of Sunsiz Media discovered this retreat in 2008 while completing her Ph.D and found it was the perfect site to write and give her students  a greater appreciation of en plein air painting.

From 2014 this Residency is open to mid career artists interested in contemporary art practice and writing. Artists working in installation and other spatial and temporal practices who want to exhibit their work in Sydney should contact Articulate project space in Leichhardt, NSW, with a proposal.

The Garden

The Garden consists of variety of succulents cactus that are able to survive the the dry summer.

The Residency

The Residency is a restored miners camp rendered in ironstone and is located at Sims Hill off Pandora St, Lightning Ridge.


Sims Hill, Lightning Ridge
NSW 2834, Australia.