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Artist and Environmental Residencies Program


(Cuttagee, NSW, Australia)

Gang Gang Residencies exists on the traditional lands of the Djiringanj people of the Yuin Nation, who told stories and lived in harmony with this land for thousands of generations. We pay our respects to their Elders, past and present.

Our story

The Gang Gang Residency program at the Beach House, Umbi Gumbi, was initiated in 2018. It is open to conservationists, writers, poets, musicians, sculptors, visual artists and all other creatives.


Gang Gang supports new work, research and collaborations by artists and researchers from around the world. 

Since it began in 2018, we have welcomed emerging and established artists and environmentalists including Bruce Pascoe, Fiona Lowry, Guido Maestri, Sally Anderson, Luke Sciberras, Julian Meagher, Camie Lyons, Bronte Leighton-Dore, Holly Greenwoord, Omar Musa, Koji Makino, Kurt Sorensen, Mignon Steele, Dan Kyle, Annalisa Ferraris, Sophia Whitney Hewson, Rapaport, Matt Bromhead, Marisa Purcell, Max Lyandvert, Kirli Saunders, Gina Kalabishis, Horrorshow and more.

Each year, from February to November, we open our doors to artist and environmental stays.

We offer the entire private use of our house and studio to accommodate a working artist – who can use the time to start, sustain or finish a commercial project – or to environmental researchers and practitioners.

The Gang Gang Residencies program operates as an annual call out for applications.

We offer 4-6 residencies a year.

The space can accommodate up to 8 people.

Applications are free and are taken once a year.

“There are places in Australia that by some miraculous series of circumstances become magical spaces. This can’t ever be confected or contrived, they simply happen, one of them is Umbi Gumbi and the Gang Gang Residency.

Over decades this gently potent place has become one of the sacred sites of Australian art and thoughtfulness. There is a soft tread here, a sense of reflection and of work.”

- Luke Sciberras, artist


The program


Gang Gang Residencies is fuelled by a constant commitment to the careful balance of art and the environment.

Residencies offer time and space for the creation or development of new commercial work, continuation of an existing project, and the furthering of scientific endeavours.

This is an entirely self-directed residency. Residents are required to pay for their own food and transport during their stay, but there are no other fees associated with the residency. See below for the full details, regarding dates and conditions.

We recommend joining our mailing list, if you’d like to be notified when application periods begin.

The dates


Applications for 2024 are now closed.

Be sure to sign up to our mailing list to be notified of application opening and closing dates.



The details

  • Objectives
    To support working artists, creatives and researchers to accomplish a professional goal. To foster greater links between urban and regional arts and science communities. To provide artists and creatives with an opportunity to reflect and develop their own practice. To invest in individuals at the forefront of their practice. To support a diverse range of artistic practices and help contribute to a wider range of voices being heard in the creative community.
  • Who can apply?
    Individual artists and creative professionals working in any discipline can apply. Collaborations between artists are encouraged. As the residency is situated on a Wildlife Refuge, we also offer residencies to researchers and practitioners working on environmental conservation issues. Both Australian and international individuals will be considered; however, it should be noted that this residency does not include airfares or any other expenses. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and researchers are encouraged to apply.
  • What is it?
    We provide free accommodation in our house and studio on a unique property – a cooperative with four individual houses – on Yuin Country (Cuttagee, NSW, Australia). Residencies can be anywhere between 2-6 weeks long. Residencies are not necessarily output based – guests are free to use their time to reflect, plan, research or to develop new bodies of work.
  • What is offered?
    - Exclusive access to the Beach House on the property ‘Umbi Gumbi’ for the duration of the residency (2-6 weeks) - Separate working studio - Laundry facilities - Bedding and towels - Internet and other utilities - Travel and food are not included
  • Partners + families
    This residency is family friendly. Guests can come with their family and support people. The house can accommodate small groups and we encourage collaborative projects.
  • Property guidelines
    Gang Gang Residencies at the Beach House is located on the Umbi Gumbi cooperative. As the property is shared with three other families, we ask that you do not host any parties or events. If you have additional guests visiting or staying overnight, we ask that you let us know ahead of time. We ask that you do not bring domestic pets, as Gang Gang Residencies is located on a Nature Reserve. We encourage you to enjoy watching the animals and birds in their natural habitat, but please don’t interfere with them by getting too close or by trying to feed them. We ask that guests refrain from smoking indoors.
  • What to bring...
    All your own materials associated with your practice. Meals or groceries. The accommodation includes access to a self-catering, equipped kitchen and BBQ.
  • How to apply
    Application opening and closing dates will be announced here and via our mailing list and social media pages. While applications are open there will be a separate link to follow to submit your information. Upon completion you will receive automatic confirmation. We will endeavour to respond to all applications to notify them of their status, but depending on the number of applications received, this may not always be possible, in which case only the successful applications will be contacted in return. Not being selected for a residency does not exclude you from reapplying the following year.
  • Assessment criteria
    In selecting successful applicants, we will take into account: merit of the proposal; mix of emerging and established artists; spread of different artforms; and geographical and cultural diversity. We look favourably at collaborations between two or more artists. Guidelines used to judge applications include: Is the proposed project clear? How interesting/exciting/inventive is the proposal? How does this proposal demonstrate artistic or career progression? What is the quality of work previously produced? Is there evidence of artistic or creative challenge/risk? What is the context of this project in the artist’s career? How will this particular residency opportunity build the artist’s career? For environmental stays, does the project contribute to investigating the local area and recording the ecological value of the surroundings? Our environmental stays are focused on landscape conservation and capturing the wildlife and biodiversity of the surroundings. We are looking for: Expertise in documenting biodiversity and ecological values Projects which include studies of the local area, including written studies or through photography and multi-media. Projects which include suggestions for conservation of the local area. Masters or PhD students completing research into environmental conservation. Academics or researchers employed full-time or part-time by environmental conservation agencies, to continue/complete writing up of conservation research for publication or further dissemination. We are open to new ideas. If your project does not fit neatly within the criteria above please reach out to us to explore further.
  • Still got questions?
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"This residency was incredible. There’s a feeling to the place that I can’t pin down, the landscape is spectacular, and the property is completely private. The studio and house are amazing and family friendly.

A great residency if you have little tackers. I feel so lucky to
have taken part."

- Sophia Whitney Hewson, artist

Learn more about our residency program.

"The residency at Gang Gang facilitated not just working time but the spaces in between- wandering, deciding, not-thinking. It cushioned me from the concerns that we usually have to attend to. Those few weeks at Cuttagee were worth many more back at home."


- MATT BROMHEAD, artist and sculptor

Contact us

The Beach House @ Umbi Gumbi
3639 Tathra-Bermagui Rd
Cuttagee, 2546

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