Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network1
Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network (BMCAN) is a community-based NFP that aims to support a vibrant, sustainable, creative arts community. It is run by arts minded volunteers who aim to support and encourage the development of members’ arts practices. Legally, BMCAN is an incorporated non-profit with tax deductible status.
What sets us apart from other arts-based groups is that we offer:
- auspice support for artists applying for grants
- multi-arts co-created activities such as Wild Mountain Collective
- participation in Arts Trails
- career development through learning promotion and small business skills
How can we help you?
Artists generally work in isolation. BMCAN provides a support network – bringing members together to share information, helping them attract funding, providing programs to develop their art such as Wild Mountains Collective, and providing opportunities for them to exhibit and promote their work through Arts Trails and Exhibitions and participate in educational activities.
MISSION STATEMENT – BMCAN is a network supporting a vibrant sustainable creative arts community through leadership, member services and collaborative partnerships
Member events provided by BMCAN1
Blue Mountains Creative Leaders Awards. Join and celebrate the leaders in all creative genres across the Blue Mountains and have an opportunity to learn from them.
Arts Trails. We arrange, oversee and heavily promote two Blue Mountains Arts Trails per year (one in the Upper Mountains and one in the Lower Mountains). This is an opportunity for you to promote and sell from your studio.
Weekend Open Studios. We promote, on our website, artists who open their studios on weekends.
Grant support (auspice). We support artists applying for grants by providing auspice services (assistance with applications and administration of funds granted).
Artists Café Talking Art. Meet every second month in a cafe with a group of fellow artists and discuss art. Sometimes led by an experienced artist, these are an opportunity for a friendly exchange of ideas.
Wild Mountain Collective. A multi-arts co-created activities using the arts to explore and celebrate the ‘wild’ and our interconnected relationship with nature and one another. The inclusion of all art practices with con-created events provides the opportunity to experience a broad range of ideas and learning.
Talking Art Events. Listen to experienced artists discuss and share the artistic challenges they face.
Regular exhibitions. We organise up to eight open exhibitions per year. These are held at locations such as United Cinemas-The Edge at Katoomba, Gallery One88, and other suitable locations. All exhibitions are selected and judged.
Curated exhibitions. BMCAN, with the support of a curator, organises exhibitions at venues like Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Woodford Academy, Braemar Gallery and NSW Parliament House. Members have the opportunity to participate.
Education. As artists are also running a small business, we support and encourage the development of business skills by our members through classes held at TAFE, Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber and Western Sydney Business Centre.
We also run occasional workshops on specific subjects, such as publicising and promoting your work, and how to apply for grants.
We let you know via email of ongoing education opportunities.
Website and Internet. Members can display their work on our website and list their events and exhibitions. There are blogs for Wild Mountain Collective and Talking Art. We also maintain four Facebook pages (two open and two group pages). We can help you access these pages.
Collaborative partnerships with other organisations such as MTNS MADE, Blue Mountains Accommodation and Tourism Association, Bendigo Bank, Scenic World Shared and Blue Mountains Regional Business Chamber and our wide range of Network Partners whose logos are featured on our website
Public Liability insurance. As a member you are covered for Public and Products Liability insurance of $20 million when you participate in a BMCAN exhibition or event.
How can you become a member?
Go to ‘Join BMCAN’ at the foot of the home page and follow the prompts. Membership fees are $60 to join and for the first year, and $50 per calendar year after that.
We look forward to welcoming you to our community.
1BMCAN is an independent, incorporated organisation funded mainly by membership fees and run by volunteers. It is managed by a Board, sub-committees and other volunteers.
Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network (BMCAN) is the trading name of Blue Mountains Artists Company. BMCAN is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001 (ABN: 72 120 813 112). The company is registered on the Register of Cultural Organisation (ROCO), page 5 of 45. For reference the Australian Business Register has the full details of Blue Mountains Artists Company which includes our deductible gift recipient status.