16 December 2015
Three of Victoria's most exciting Indigenous artists have been commissioned to produce major installations on some of the city's most iconic sites for White Night Melbourne 2016.
Returning for a fourth year in 2016, White Night Melbourne will run from 7pm on Saturday 20 February until 7am the following day – an all-night celebration of culture, creativity and genuine urban adventure.
Announced today, the White Night program includes several major commissions, including new work by artists who are all previous finalists or winners in the Victorian Indigenous Art Awards:
Reko Rennie will present Federation² at Fed Square, described as a "glowing jewel box of illumination" by White Night Artistic Director, Andrew Walsh.
Ballarat's Josh Muir – recently named young Indigenous Australian artist of the year - will light up the St Kilda Road façade of the National Gallery of Victoria with Still Here.
Also from Ballarat, the Pitcha Makin Fellaz will collaborate with Portuguese lighting projection artists OCUBO to illuminate the Royal Exhibition Building.
Other highlights in the White Night Melbourne 2016 program include a Circus Circus, a twelve hour performance marathon showcasing an array of leading Victorian circus performers , honouring 160 years of circus arts in Victoria.
Arts Centre Melbourne will be offered up to the public in an interactive exhibition called Cmd Ctrl, Decipher while Melbourne artist Lisa Roet brings her own version of Monkey Magic to the Melbourne Town Hall with Golden Monkey, a seven metre high inflatable sculpture.
White Night favourite Chris Walsh returns in 2016, presenting an aquatic breeding ground in the Melbourne City Baths called Incubator while Birrarung Marr will be transformed into an open-air, riverside dance hall, all night long.
Since its inception, White Night Melbourne has delivered $17 million to the Victorian economy, showcasing work by more than 1,600 artists to an audience of 1.3 million people.
2016 promises to be a rich new chapter.
Visit White Night Melbourne for details