The Eleanor Dark Foundation - Grounds of Varuna Upgrade Project

WSIG - Eleanor Dark - Varuna Project 4

About the Project

The Grounds of Varuna project will upgrade the 140 m2 architect-designed building to provide an accessible venue, workshop and office space in the grounds of Varuna, the National Writers’ House. The building will enable Varuna to create a thriving cultural hub for workshops, literary events, writing groups and community programs.

Project Scope

This project will result in:

  • 12 book launch events
  • 6 half-day or full-day writing workshops
  • 40 meetups of the seniors' writing group
  • 12 meetups of writing for wellbeing group
  • 20 (one per fortnight, term-time) book discussion groups
  • 12 visiting writers-in-conversation events
  • 12 events in partnership with other cultural organisations (speaker talks, spoken word)
  • 2 internship opportunities (110 hours each)
  • 4 schools events
  • 4 volunteer-run bush care working bees 

Fast Facts


NSW Government funding: $815,827.00

Co-contribution: $44,495.00


Aboriginal Land:


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