Call for artists to bring lunar lanterns to life

Call for artists to bring lunar lanterns to life

The City of Sydney is seeking concepts from artists and creatives for contemporary outdoor lantern installations as part of the 2019 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival.

The Lunar Lanterns exhibition features 12 giant lanterns representing the animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac around the Circular Quay foreshore as part of the annual festival.

This year’s callout is for artist concepts for the Pig and/or Sheep lanterns for the 2019 exhibition. The selected concepts will be used to create large-scale, three dimensional outdoor sculptural lanterns that will be illuminated in evenings during the festival.

Ideas should demonstrate contemporary artistic interpretation, draw inspiration from one or more of the cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year, and be accessible and appeal to all ages.

Mandylights Studio, 5 George St, Leichhardt - 12th January 2018. Photographs of the new pig lantern, part of the Chinese New Year festival.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was excited to work with artists and manufacturers to bring the new concepts to life.

“For the past three years, the Lunar Lanterns exhibition has delighted visitors and become a signature event of Sydney’s Lunar New Year celebrations,” the Lord Mayor said.

“We look forward to receiving submissions that will enchant visitors of all ages and backgrounds, while remaining true to the celebrations of the Lunar New Year.”

From its modest beginnings in 1995 as a community street market, the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside Asia.

CNY Sheep lantern 1

The Lunar Lanterns exhibition was held for the first time in 2016 as the feature event of the Chinese New Year Festival.

The 2019 festival will welcome the Year of the Pig in February, and feature the Lunar Lanterns exhibition, Dragon Boat Races, a community performance program and more than 80 associated events across the city.

To receive the artist brief and information on how to apply, please contact: chinesenewyear@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. Lantern concepts must be received by Sunday 13 May 2018.

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