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Community MFA Salon Series

For over 30 years Louise Bourgeois hosted ‘The Sunday Salon’ at her Chelsea apartment in NYC. Open to anyone, artists could bring their work, wait their turn, and then get feedback. Bourgeois was not interested in networking or art-world insiders, the Salon instead was about stimulating discussion, connection and above all making better work. Bushwick South’s Community MFA Salon Series is modelled on Bourgeois’ Salons and aims to:

  • Create a community for artists to share their work, give and receive critical feedback

  • Participate in stimulating discussion 

  • Build artists' skills in a safe and stimulating environment


The Salon Series is comprised of 6 in-person meetings of 3 hours each. The sessions will be held on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6.30-9.30 pm commencing 20 January 2023 (all dates listed below). We will hold two separate groups of 6 sessions each.


Each session will be hosted by a professional artist/academic who will provide critical feedback and discussion on up to 4 artists’ work per session. While all participants will have the opportunity to present their work at some point during the program, participants will not present every session. 


In the spirit of community, all successful applicants are required to commit to attending each of the 6 dates of either session 1 or 2 (whether or not their work is discussed) and contribute to the discussion.

Applications open on 4 November 2022

Applications close on 30 November 2022 at midnight

Successful applicants to be notified on 12 December 2022



20 Jan

17 Feb

17 Mar

21 Apr

19 May

16 Jun



21 Jul

18 Aug

15 Sep

20 Oct

17 Nov

15 Dec


all applicants from both sessions will be invited to exhibit their work (full details to be confirmed). 


This program is for emerging, mid-career or established artists working in any medium or genre including sound, performance, and new media with a current art practice. Applicants working on a specific project/body of work will likely receive the most benefit. All applicants should: 


  • have recent work to present to the group

  • want to be an active participant in a community

  • be willing to talk about their own work and the work of others

  • be willing to commit to attending all 6 sessions in person

  • demonstrate excellence and commitment to their artistic practice

  • be over 18 years old

While any artist is welcome to apply priority will be given to applicants demonstrating a connection to the Northern Beaches. All artists must be able to attend the sessions in person at our studios in Brookvale, Sydney. First Nations and emerging artists are strongly encouraged to apply.


The program is not suitable for high school students.


This is a free program. This project is presented with the generous support of the Northern Beaches Council Arts and Creativity Grants.


Food and beverages will be provided for free at each session from local breweries and cafes.  


We ask each participant to pay a $50 refundable deposit before the first session. This will be refunded at the conclusion of the 6 series if the participant has attended each session. Why are we doing this? We have found that when programs are free, participants are less likely to attend.


Complete and submit this form no later than midnight on 30 November 2022. All applications will be reviewed and assessed based on the following criteria. 


  • Strength of the artist’s practice and potential for artistic growth and professional development.

  • Quality of work and originality of ideas 

  • Value of a program to the development of the artist/s and ability to contribute to the community. 


Priority will be given to applicants demonstrating a connection to the Northern Beaches


SPACES ARE STRICTLY LIMITED. A shortlist of applicants will be offered a place in the program. We will arrange a short zoom interview with all shortlisted applicants the week of 5 December.



The project team comprises Dr Amber Boardman and Lisa Woolfe.


Amber's 20-year history of exhibiting her work internationally includes shows in arts institutions in New York, London, Rome, Amsterdam, Miami, Atlanta & Australia. She holds a PhD in Fine Art and has been an invited speaker at universities, art galleries and museums. She is a sessional lecturer in painting at UNSW.


Lisa is a practising artist with 10 years experience exhibiting across Australia. She has extensive experience in project managing a wide variety of arts programs and curating exhibitions.


Session hosts will be selected based on relevance to the final participants’ practice areas and work. 



Bushwick South expects participants to respect fellow artists, artwork and property. Discrimination on the grounds of a person’s age, race, sex, gender, sexuality, marital status, physical or intellectual disability, or religion will not be tolerated. Participants deemed to be exhibiting inappropriate or disruptive behaviour may be removed, suspended or expelled from the program. 


Work health and safety

If you have an existing medical condition, allergy or disability or any access and accessibility requirements please get in touch with us to discuss these. 


The contact information you supply will not be disclosed without your express consent, except where required by law. 



Bushwick South acknowledges the Cammeraygal people of the Eora Nation, the traditional owners of the land and waters we gather.


This project is presented with the support of the Northern Beaches Council.


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