Last chance for Bendigo artists to get involved in grass roots projection festival Enlighten

The search is on for artists who want to see their work appear on the facades of some of Bendigo’s most iconic buildings. 

Creatives have just two more days to lodge their expression of interest in Enlighten, a four-night projection festival this August. 

Not to be confused with similar events White Night or illumin8, Enlighten will see experienced artists mentor young creatives to develop digital artworks that will then be projected onto public spaces.  

The festival received $160,000 from the state government in June last year as part of the Regional Centre for Culture program.   

A small-scale Enlighten festival was first held in the conservatory gardens in 2016 but this year’s event will expand to include the town hall, Bull Street and Bendigo Library. 

City of Greater Bendigo arts co-ordinator Maree Tonkin hoped artists would pitch works culturally diverse works that pushed the envelope of projection.

Applicants might want to decorate an entire building in light or opt to illuminate more intimate space. 

There’s so many ways you can play with light and reimagine public place with light,” Ms Tonkin said. 

Successful artists will also be invited to digital media masterclasses, she said, meaning the skills required to stage the event lived on even after the event concluded.  

“The really important thing is we build this legacy, that we offer professional development so we're building their skills our artists,” she said.

Ms Tonkin said it was possible artists who exhibited at Enlighten could also apply for a coveted place in the White Night line up. The all-night festival is scheduled for the weekend after the Enlighten.  

“What I love about Enlighten is it has that local grass roots focus, it's about celebrating our artists within Bendigo and the region,” Ms Tonkin said.

So too was the Regional Centre for Culture, which announced in November funding for more than 30 projects in central Victoria over the course of the next year.

“If you're an artist living within the region, there’s so much opportunity to create and get work, and generate some real income,” Ms Tonkin said.

Enlighten takes place Thursday, August 23 until Sunday, August 26. 

Other key dates for night festival fans include White Night on September 1 and illumin8, to be held at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, on May 18, 19 and 20.