Community invited to be part of latest Daly Bay Illuminate iteration
Published: 03 Jun 2022
Glow-in-the-dark botanicals, bugs and butterflies will take centre stage for Daly Bay Illuminate 2022.
This nature-based theme is inspired by the popular event’s new location, Queens Park.
The spectacle of technicoloured lights, sculptures and weird, wonderful and interactive installations will cover its largest footprint to date, so there’s plenty of room for public participation.
To bring these wonderful creations to life, the Daly Bay Community Art Team are hosting a series of artist-lead workshops to allow the community to create giant lanterns and small glow-in-the-dark sculptures to be put on display.
Six community workshops will be held in the Queens Park Cricket Shed from Sunday, June 19 to Saturday, June 25.
Mayor Greg Williamson said these community-made works would add to an exciting array of installations sourced for the event.
“There’s neon dogs, inflatable gumnuts and gum flowers, a field of lights and a fairy garden, complete with illuminated toadstools,” Mayor Williamson said.
“We’ve taken on feedback from previous years, and this year we are aiming for a more immersive, leisurely experience for visitors,” he said.
“Of course, an event like this wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the community and the major sponsor Daly Bay,” he said.
“Daly Bay have shown tremendous support for Illuminate since its inception and that support really helps us to bring the community into the event on a grass-roots level.”
Daly Bay Community Art Team workshop facilitator and artist Wanda Bennett said the workshops were for all ages and were lots of fun for adults and children.
“All materials are supplied, and our friendly team of local artists will be on hand to lead the workshops and assist participants,” Ms Bennett said.
“We’ve got a real dream team of local artists this year – Tracey Johnson, Lalune Croker, Cheb Jeffery, Donna Maree Robinson and Lisa Roebig – so there’s plenty of experience on hand to help even first-time sculptors,” she said.
“Space is limited, so we are asking all interested participants to book their tickets through the website (themecc.com.au/festivals) to attend the workshops.
“They are also more than welcome to book for the morning and afternoon session and stay all day.
“Children 13 years and under must be accompanied by an adult and we are asking that adults also book in for a spot.
“Once you’ve completed your artworks, simply leave your creations safely in our hands and we will install them in the gardens.
“Art works can then be collected after the event.”
Workshops will be held on:
- Sunday, June 19 from 9.30am to noon
- Sunday, June 19 from 1pm to 4pm
- Saturday, June 25 from 9.30am to noon
- Saturday, June 25 from 1pm to 4pm
- Sunday, June 26 from 9.30am to noon
- Sunday, June 26 from 1pm to 4pm
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