Gertrude Street Projection Festival stumbles

The annual projection festival will not go ahead this year, amid concerns over continued insufficient funding.
Gertrude Street Projection Festival. A negative black and white image of a clock is projected onto the side of a building. Cars are parked in front. Behind colourful projections appear on the side of tall blocks of flats.

An ongoing funding stoush between Gertrude Street Projection Festival (GSPF) and the City of Yarra in Melbourne will see the Festival team pressing pause on this year’s program. GSPF is presented by the Centre for Projection Art and has been a curated annual event since 2008. The Festival, at least this year, joins an ever-growing list of casualties within the festival and live event industries. 

ArtsHub was alerted to the ongoing situation by an artist who forwarded email correspondence they received on Tuesday 2 July.

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Jessi Ryan (they/them) has been creating performance and exhibitions for the past 20 years, both locally, nationally and abroad- in this time collaborating with a huge number of artists from a broad cross section of cultural backgrounds. As a journalist they have written for and been published by some of Australia’s leading arts and news editorial across the last 10 years-and was recognised as a finalist for Globe Community Media Award in 2021. Ryan has also taken photos for a number of print and online publications.