BALLARAT artists will be in the spotlight (literally!) when White Night returns to the region in March.
The 2018 White Night Ballarat program, which has been extended to include the Armstrong Street precinct, promises to be bigger and as outstanding as last year, bringing the stories of the past, present and future to the fore.
More visual pieces from regional artists will feature in the event, with a staggering 60 per cent of the 2018 program dedicated to the work of artists and performers who hold a connection to Ballarat. The program has also doubled in size, with a stronger Ballarat flavour than ever before.
Many more of Ballarat’s heritage buildings, including the iconic Town Hall, have also added to the program and will be brought to life through colourful projections to reflect the theme based on Henry Lawson's quote: “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".
Another highlight of the free community event is The Eagle – an LED animation of the Bunjil, inspired by the artwork of Ballarat’s Indigenous Auntie and Elder Marlene Gibson.
Throughout the night, residents and visitors will also have the chance to see local artist Stuart Walsh at work as he creates Ghosts of Eureka - a fluorescent spray paint mural which aims to provide a testament to the events surrounding the Eureka Stockade.
Other local artists, including Cameron Ross, Lou Callow, Esther Konings-Oakes, Pauline O’Shannessy-Dowling, Christine Tammer, Skyline Drone Imagine and Margi Balazic will also feature works.
The popular White Night Messenger will return, joined by a number of other moving sculptures which will also feature at the White Night Melbourne event.
These roaming sculptures include the Utility Kinetic Insect (UKI) by Pelican Studios which appeared at the 2017 Burning Man Festival, as well as the 5.5-metre stilt structure Bird Men.
The inaugural White Night Ballarat in March 2017 drew crowds of 40,000 who filled the streets and adjoining laneways of Sturt and Lydiard.
White Night Ballarat returns to the region on March 17 between 7pm-2am.