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The Sydney and Melbourne Buildings will be illuminated with the work of two Canberra artists during this year’s Enlighten Festival.
The historic buildings that mark the entry to the city centre are being illuminated from February 28 until 9 March.
Illuminating the Sydney and Melbourne Buildings helped connect the Enlighten Festival with Civic last year and we have built on that success with an even bigger program in the city centre this year.
The buildings will look better than ever with five bold and colourful creations, two each from Jodie Cunningham and George Rose, and one created from the neon shapes from the festival’s 2020 branding.
Evening performances and activities will take place around the buildings during this period to help connect the city centre with the festival.
The Canberra Centre is also getting into the festival spirit with five “mini beast” installations, including a gesture-controlled humming Neon Cuckoo Bee, an enormous proximity-activated Swallowtail Butterfly, and a touch sensor singing Cicada, located throughout the centre from 28 February to 25 March.
For information about the broader Enlighten Festival visit enlightencanberra.com
Artist George Rose spends most of her time climbing up ladders and painting murals. Since abandoning her formal design training several years ago, she has opted to pursue a multidisciplinary art practice to use colour, gradients and type to spread her uplifting messages.
George has spent the last several years travelling from one project to another, rarely in one city for longer then a few months completing art commissions for a diverse range of clients. She has recently worked with Brown Brothers, Instagram, Jansport and Samsung to name a few. If she’s not completing work for commercial projects, she’s on the global street art festival circuit including Bright Walls, Colour Tumby, First Coat, Perfect Match, Roskilde, Sea Walls, Street Prints, Tropica, Wall to Wall and Wonderwalls.
“My focus on this installation was to use colour, gradient and Australian botanicals to create an inspiring projection with positive impact. My art practice is all about scale and as a muralist, I’m quite ambitious in my ideas. Light projections excite me because I often like merging technological methods with analogue drawings. This project is like a home-coming. Whilst I travel the world, Canberra is where my parents reside and where I call home.” – George Rose
Jodie Cunningham 'Canberra Journeys - Canberra Futures'
Artist Jodie Cunningham has an obsession with colour, circles, pattern and the delights of perspex. She trained as a painter and also works with public art, installation, drawing, digital imaging, sculpture, jewellery and design. Her work deals with the themes of abstraction, symbolism, ornamentation, colour, play, place, community, architecture, emotion, memory, sustainability and transformation.
She has more than 25 years’ experience as a practicing artist and regularly exhibits in group and solo exhibitions.
The 'Canberra Journeys - Canberra Futures' series reflects on the idea of journeys: large and small journeys, life journeys and currently our community's journey through unprecedented weather events and bushfire disasters.
“The work I have created for Enlighten 2020 includes symbols of gratitude and hope that respond to the 2020 bushfire emergency and the urgent need for climate repair. These art works utilise contemporary symbols referencing personal and collective memories and symbols of hope for our community. With inspiration coming from a variety of local sources, including the Marion Mahoney and Walter Burley Griffin 1911 plans for Canberra, patterns from local suburban architecture, the pinwheel - turning our luck around, water drops - to break the drought, wind-turbines and sunrays- renewable energy sources to build a sustainable future.” – Jodie Cunningham
Tuesday 3 March, 7-8pm
Poetry in the Place – Illuminations with words
Listen to young and emerging poets share their words as the buildings illuminate at the gateway to the city
Wednesday 4 March & Saturday 7 March, from 7.15pm
KREWDBORGS - Overthrown queens
The KREWDBorgs, are intergalactic party poppers from KREWDBitopia. Picking up on a radio frequency from across the universe, they thought everybody was doing a brand new dance so they got their loco into motion to get their groove on with the people from Planet Earth. Badly guised as humans these cyborgs are here to funk up the world as you know it. Everybody dance now. Harder. Better. Faster. Stronger. KREWDBorgs are a KREWDBits creation.
Thursday 5 March & Monday 9 March, from 7.30pm
AUSTRALIAN DANCE PARTY presents Autumn Lanterns
Weaving movement and music through the city in coloured, hooped, luminescent garments, symbolic of lanterns lighting the way.
Friday 6 March 7.30-9.30pm & Sunday 8 March, 8-10pm
Aerobicide: Feel Better
A performance art installation that you can dance along to. You’ll enjoy watching the performers succumb to the physical and existential toll of modern wellness culture, set to a pumping set of mutant dance-pop classics by the acclaimed Dead DJ Joke.
The Canberra Centre’s “Mini Beasts” will be ready to view in-centre from the 28 February to 25 March. The Mini Beasts include a gesture-controlled humming Neon Cuckoo Bee, an enormous proximity-activated Swallowtail Butterfly, and a touch-triggered singing Cicada, which are up to 4m high and are fully illuminated by thousands of pixel mapped LED lights.
The Mini Beasts will be in multiple locations and the Canberra Centre has designed a trail map so children can collect stamps at each insect and once completed, they can enter a competition at the customer service desk for a chance to win a prize.