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30 August 2016

They've exhibited across the country and transformed the Royal Exhibition Building for White Night Melbourne. Now Ballarat art collective Pitcha Makin Fellas are set to make their international debut at Portugal's LUMINA Light Festival.

Pitcha Makin Fellas at White Night 2016

Pitcha Makin Fellas, light projections on the Royal Exhibition Building, White Night 2016

A special grant of $15,000 will support representatives of the group to travel to Portugal to take part in this major festival in the coastal town of Cascais.

The group will premiere a new version of their 2016 White Night Melbourne artwork, Six Seasons in One Night, a giant projection work that tells the story of the six Aboriginal seasons. The Pitcha Makin Fellas created the work for White Night in collaboration with Portuguese projection artists OCUBO.

As well as the projection, the group will also stage an exhibition of their works at a local gallery, including some of the original paintings that went on to be animated for White Night. It is anticipated that more than 30,000 people will see the exhibition and more than 500,000 will experience the projection across the three days of the festival.

 Since forming just three years ago, the six-man group have quickly gained a profile through exhibitions, commissions and awards as well as leading community and school-based projects and workshops. The group's work has been acquired by both the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the National Gallery of Victoria.   

In addition to displaying artworks on the streets and in galleries, the LUMINA Festival includes an artist conference, talks and forums which will give the Fellas the opportunity to build international networks and introduce their work to Festival Directors from across Europe.

The LUMINA Light Festival runs from 9-11 September.

Visit the LUMINA website