Illuminate Adelaide and the Government of South Australia, through the South Australian Tourism Commission, are partnering with innovative regional councils and award-winning artists to shine a light on South Australia. 

Harbor Lights will transform Victor Harbor across two weeks and three weekends with a collection of immersive installations, lighting and mind-blowing projections. Rug up, hit the pavement and follow the light as Illuminate Adelaide takes over the Victor Harbor foreshore. 

One of the highlights of Harbor Lights is Craig Walsh’s, Monuments. 

Night-time projections transform trees into sculptural monuments, surveying the immediate environment. Monuments aims to challenge traditional expectations of public monuments and the selective history represented in our civic spaces. 

Cleverly deconstructing its own definition by humanising the monument, there is a temporary fusion of everyday individuals with other living species occupying shared areas. Undermining the permanent historical and public art models so often controlled by subjective motivations, Monuments recognises the infinite contributions which influence our understanding of place. 

Other artists include Affirmation Stations by Vans The Omega, Submergence by Squidsoup and Under The Neon Sea and I Am Here by Carla O'Brien.

 

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AMANDA WESTLEY

Amanda Westley is a Ngarrindjeri woman and artist, born in Victor Harbor in 1985. Amanda is well known for her dot work paintings with contemporary connection to country and culture. Her work has seen her collaborate with international designers and fill galleries across the country many times over. Further to her artwork, Amanda speaks passionately of her journey to connect with culture as a fair-skinned Indigenous woman. Now her focus includes easing the path for younger fair-skinned Indigenous generations to embrace connection to culture, country and community.

Image credit - Louise Agnew Photography

CEDRIC VARCOE



Cedric Varcoe
is a proud Ramindjeri Narungga man living in Ramindjeri country, known globally for his contemporary paintings that often celebrate the creation stories of Ngarrindjeri. You can find Cedric’s work in countless forms, from cushions and mugs, to large murals or projection works. In 2019 Cedric was named South Australia’s NAIDOC Artist of the Year for his painted mural of Ramindjeri Country. Cedric’s most important efforts are in cultural knowledge sharing with younger people and family to celebrate and keep culture strong.

JOSH TREVORROW

Josh Trevorrow is a proud Ngarrindjeri man. His father was a survivor of the stolen generation. Through Josh’s work in filmmaking and advocacy, he empowers and celebrates First Nations’ voices. Josh was awarded the Documentary Australia Foundation’s (DAF) Centralised Indigenous Fellowship for 2021, as a part of the South Australia and Northern Territory screen initiative, for his documentary project Kondoli. Josh feels a close connection to his ancestral Country and loves living and working in the Fleurieu Peninsula.

KYLA MCHUGHES

Kyla McHughes is a proud, strong and beautiful Ramindjeri woman. Kyla’s family suffered the loss of culture and language when her grandfather’s youngest siblings were taken during the Stolen Generation. They knew some Ngarrindjeri words growing up but not sentences. Now as a keeper of language, her mi:wi sparks when teaching Ngarrindjeri. She is happy to be able to share her language and culture with people from all different backgrounds. Kyla believes this is the way forward to truly connect with people by celebrating her culture.

MARK KOOLMATRIE



Mark Koolmatrie is a proud Ramindjeri and Ngarrindjeri elder whose life’s work has been sharing cultural heritage and connecting people from all walks to his rich culture. Mark has given endless energy to offering knowledge to young people and supporting elders that are learning and relearning country. For Mark, this has always been his focus, yet it’s taken many forms; from school education, community leadership, cultural mentoring, land management and more recently through eco-tourism with his Kool Tours business offering Walk on Country Tours. Mark noted “I have always worked hard at sharing cultural heritage like this, it’s just now they call it tourism”. In 2022 Mark won the KPMG Indigenous Land Management Award, and is now set to represent South Australia as a finalist in the National Landcare Awards.

Image credit - Nicole Motteux 

Program

Affirmation Stations is a reminder of what is most important. Created by Joel Van Moore's (Vans the Omega) experience Audio Spotlight technology delivering sonic waves directly to your ears. Immerse yourself in a message that feels personal and for your ears only. 

Night-time projections transform trees into sculptural monuments, surveying the immediate environment. Monuments aims to challenge traditional expectations of public monuments and the selective history represented in our civic spaces. 

Cleverly deconstructing its own definition by humanising the monument, there is a temporary fusion of everyday individuals with other living species occupying shared areas. Undermining the permanent historical and public art models so often controlled by subjective motivations, Monuments recognises the infinite contributions which influence our understanding of place. 

Image: CHURAKI HILL, Greenmount Headland, QLD, Featuring . MIBIN GUGIN GALA SLABB, AUNTY JOYCE SUMMERS, PETER TURNER - Photo - Craig Walsh

 

Using thousands of individual points of suspended light, Submergence is an all-encompassing walkthrough experience. Vividly presenting how virtual and physical worlds collide, immerse yourself in this hybrid, atmospheric environment.

Underwater brightly coloured neon sea creatures come out of the ocean and into the parklands. A neon shark, dolphin, seahorse, and jellyfish will takeover the Victor Harbor foreshore. Discover what's under the sea in a brand new light.

WHEN

Fri 26 August - Sun 11 September
Nightly 6pm to 10pm

WHERE

Warland Reserve

Victor Harbor

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