WHITE Night Ballarat is calling for an Expression of Interest seeking artists to transform the city through installation, lighting, exhibitions and interactive performances during next year’s event.
Visit Victoria is delighted to bring White Night to Ballarat once again, with international spotlight when White Night returns to the region on March 17, 2018 under the artistic direction of David Atkins. White Night Ballarat is currently seeking ideas from artists to bring the city’s streetscapes to life and showcase Ballarat through home-grown installations and performances. Artists are invited to submit their ideas which incorporate White Night Ballarat 2018’s themes:
“And the sun sank again on the great Australian bush, the nurse and tutor of eccentric minds, the home of the weird, and of much that is different from things in other lands”
“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream”
Vincent Van Gogh White Night Ballarat is a time for locals and visitors to celebrate the community, and what better way than to immerse ourselves in the works featuring local artists.
White Night Ballarat 2018 artists Expression of Interests are currently open, and will close on Friday 6 October. City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Samantha McIntosh said, “Last year artists, performers and musicians came together to activate our city’s CBD and delivered a night like nothing ever offered in regional Victoria before.
“We look forward to seeing what new opportunities we can offer in 2018 for the community which inspire creativity and a strong sense of pride in our city. “I would also like to congratulate David, and everyone else involved in bringing this year’s White Night Ballarat together, whose vision transformed our city into an all-night gallery and proved we are punching above our weight in delivering unique events in regional Australia.” While Visit Ballarat Chair Sarah Beaumont added, “White Night is truly our city at its best as the CBD comes alive with colour and vibrancy. Ballarat’s art and culture community is thriving; this is the opportunity to participate in this fantastic event and have works projected to a global audience.
“White Night Ballarat is a time for locals and visitors to celebrate our community, and what better way than to immerse ourselves in the works of local artists.” Artist Beth Lamont took part in last year’s White Night with her interactive lighting installation ‘Fibre Lane’ that people could walk through and play with. “It was something that I had already built for a previous council run arts festival,” Ms Lamont said.
“It was mostly fibre optic cable – called side glow – which you don’t see a lot of in everyday life but its fascinating material that you just shine a light in one end and it comes out the whole strand.”
For her submission for 2018 Ms Lamont said she was thinking of interactive projections but she hasn’t settled on a model yet.
Successful artists will be notified by the end of November.
For more information about this year’s theme, or to register your interest visit: whitenightmelbourne.com.au/expressionsof-interest