Illuminated artwork – calling artists

Illuminated artwork – calling artists

Expression of interest

We’re seeking concepts from artists and creatives for outdoor illuminated artworks that draw their inspiration from the Asian lantern tradition for the 2021 Sydney Lunar Festival.

Sydney Lunar Festival, attended by over 1.3 million people each year, is an opportunity to showcase your work to a global audience. The exhibition is a creative, contemporary interpretation of a centuries-old tradition and represents the 12 animal signs of the lunar zodiac.

The City of Sydney seeks concepts that represent the Ox or Dragon zodiac animals to be presented as part of the 2021 exhibition. Artists can submit expressions of interest for 1 or both of these animals.

The winning designs will be used to create large scale, 3-dimensional outdoor artworks that will be illuminated each evening of the festival. Successful artists will be paid a fee for their concept. The City will cover all costs for the presentation and manufacture of the artwork. We’ll work with artists and manufacturers to bring these concepts to life.

In 2021, we’ll celebrate the Year of the Ox. In addition to the exhibition, the City produces the dragon boat races, community performance program and a program of more than 95 associated events to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

How to apply

To receive the artist brief and information on how to apply, please contact:

Submissions open: Monday 20 January 2020 at 9am Sydney time

Submissions close: Sunday 23 February 2020 at 11.59pm Sydney time

You can also find out more about the 2020 festival.

Image: The Dog by Song Ling

Last updated: Monday, 20 January 2020