Welcome to the Blue Mountains Creative Arts Network. Information about the role of BMCAN, its Management Committee (headshot photos and one line description), governance (constitution), membership, and commitment to collaborative relationships with network partners, Creative Leaders and other organisations, and the Arts Café Network.
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Our mission is to support a vibrant, sustainable, creative arts community through leadership, member services and collaborative partnerships. To fulfil this mission and the ability of BMCAN to help the Blue Mountains creative arts community reach its full potential to support the important Blue Mountains tourist industry, and the quality of living for residents and visitors alike.
What sets us apart from other arts-based groups is that we offer:
Auspice support for artists applying for grants
Participation in Arts Trails
Career development through learning promotion and small business skill
So the question for us is:
How can we help you?
Artists generally work in isolation. BMAN provides a support network – bringing members together to share information, helping them attract funding, and providing opportunities for them to exhibit and promote their work through Arts Trails and Exhibitions and participate in educational activities.
Member events provided by BMAN
Arts Trails. We arrange, oversee and heavily promote four Blue Mountains Arts Trails per year (two in the Upper Mountains and two in the Lower Mountains). This is an opportunity for you to promote and sell from your studio.
Formal Blue Mountains Arts Trail events are held in the lower and upper Blue Mountains at certain times of the year. These are events where many artists open their studios at the same time so you can select the studios you wish to visit along the trail.
Throughout the year certain Blue Mountains artists open their studios on most weekends and welcome visitors to see how art is made and the environments in which creativity and inspiration flourishes. Click on Open Studios This Weekend to find the artists which will open this next weekend.
Grant support (auspice). We support artists applying for grants by providing auspice services (assistance with applications and administration of funds granted).
Weekend Open Studios. We promote, on our website, artists who open their studios on weekends.
Regular exhibitions. We organise up to ten open exhibitions per year. These are held at locations such as United Cinemas-The Edge at Katoomba, Gallery One88, and other suitable locations. These are open to member artists with a selection and judging process.
Curated exhibitions. BMAN, with the support of our Guest 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.
Networking functions. BMAN organises regular social networking events.
Website and Internet. Members can display their work on our website, and list their events and exhibitions.
We also maintain three Facebook pages (one open and two group pages). We can help you access these pages.
Public Liability insurance. As a member you are covered for Public and Products Liability insurance of $20 million when your work is displayed at a BMAN exhibition or event.
How can you become a member?
Go to ‘Join BMAN’ 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.
1BMAN 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 Artists Network (BMAN) is the trading name of Blue Mountains Artists Company. BMAN 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 deductable gift recipient status.