Every night, visitors of Wagga Wagga’s Wollundry Lagoon precinct are treated to a free showing of artistic content on one of the nation’s largest permanent projection surfaces.
After sundown each night, the 50 x 8m facade of the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre hosts a rotating program of commissioned projection art, which can be seen by park users and pedestrians on the Wollundry Lagoon bridge.
Each year a significant Australian projection artist is commissioned for a residency to create a site-specific work (‘The NightLights Commission’), to lead the NightLights Projection Lab, where emerging Riverina artists will workshop and explore their creative digital ideas in a workshop environment, and to give the NightLights Talk, where the artist’s work and process are shared with the wider public.
Projection Lab participants will also be given the opportunity to propose a new site-specific work for presentation. These works, along with the NightLights Commission, will contribute to Wagga Wagga City Council’s annual projection program.
Three NightLights Projection Labs have been held to date with internationally recognised Australian artists Craig Walsh (2015), Yandell Walton (2016) and Joel Zika (2017) leading the programs and creating projections.
For more information about NightLights, our youth-based projection program BrightLights, and other public art initiatives of Wagga Wagga City Council, see the Enliven Public Art Plan 2017 – 2021 at www.publicartwagga.com.au
The NightLights Commission
The successful artist will produce an original projection work that meets our technical requirements, which will be acquired by Wagga Wagga City Council and screened as part of our annual projection program.
- The artwork must be inspired by the artist’s time in Wagga Wagga
- The artwork must contribute to the visual interest of the precinct
- The artwork should not portray or depict material in a way which discriminates against or vilifies a person or section of the community on account of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, sexual preference, religion, disability, mental illness or political belief
- The work is suitable for general audiences
- The artwork should demonstrate artistic excellence
The projection wall is a perforated surface, which results in poor duplication of low-contrast and darker colours. Our experience is that commissions featuring bright content and a dark background tend to be the most successful.
The NightLights Projection Lab
The successful applicant will design a NightLights Projection Lab to build capacity in digital media and projection art for up to 10 participants over a minimum five days. The lab is to focus on aesthetic, design, technical and practical skills as well as facilitating experimentation and project development by participants.
The NightLights Talk
The successful artist will give a NightLights Talk, a presentation of their work and process to the general public during the course of their time in Wagga Wagga, at a time and location which will be negotiated with Wagga Wagga City Council.
Download the EOI Guidelines and apply at www.publicartwagga.com.au/apply