Sunsiz Media is offering artists a unique experience to create art in the outback mining town of Lightning Ridge, NSW. Lightning Ridge is the home of Black Opal mining and is situated in a dry arid climate.

This desert like landscape offers artist exposure to amazing light, dry heat, with a mix of rural and arid landscapes. The residency is off the grid amongst the opal mines in the quite area of Sims Hill which is a 30 minute walk to shops, galleries and the popular bore baths.

The residency has beautiful views overlooking the wheat fields towards Collarenebri. This two bedroom open plan cottage with outside studio can sleep maximum four people.

The residency is available on a weekly or monthly basis between March – October of each year.

Lightning Ridge Residency is a wonderful opportunity to escape the daily grind and to be totally immersed in your area of practice whether it be visual arts, writing or music.

How to Apply

Please state briefly why you would like to stay at the Residency and tell us about your project and what you would like to achieve. Please include the dates you require.

Preference will be given to artists who are sensitive to “off the grid” living and the surrounding environment.

Email your proposal to


Sims Hill, Lightning Ridge
NSW 2834, Australia.