Gertrude Street Projection Festival Is Back

Fitzroy’s iconic Gertrude Street will once again come alive during the month of July with the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.

For the ninth consecutive year, the popular hub that is Gertrude Street will be transformed into a light saturated outdoor art exhibition. In the heart of Fitzroy, 38 sites will be featured, illuminated and splashed with floating colour and glowing imagery.

The Gertrude Projection Association will present a program that connects the artwork with the audience and the buildings on which it is adorned, exhibiting projections and new media that explore the physical, social and metaphysical spaces we inhabit under the guidance of Festival Director Nicky Pastore and Festival Curator Amanda Haskard. 

Emerging artists will have the opportunity to connect with established artists with the return of the inaugural Mentorship Program, presenting three new site-specific projects as it explores the application of projection art through live performance, sculpture and holographic techniques.

Featured artists within this year’s program include ‘Gestural Intent’ by Nadia Faragaab, ‘In Bloom’ by Brianna Hudson and ‘The Detour’ by Aphrodite Feros-Fooke and Chase Burns. Uprising Youth Centre will also present their second instalment of ‘Wheel of Fate’, a choose-your-own adventure style performance incorporating cutting edge mobile LED projector technology. Expect to be drawn into the narrative and to be recruited as part of the journey as the characters decide their own fate.

Projection as a medium will also be explored and experimented with in a series of pop-up artworks, performances, presentations and discussions as hosted by Little Woods Gallery. Presenting artists Emile Zile, Kate Brown, Arie Glorie and Emma Hall will present artworks that take risks both aesthetically and politically while encouraging debate by tapping into ideas and concepts that present an alternative form of art. The Catfish will become a late night space offering a range of free and ticketed events including live performances and projection artworks.

The Gertrude Street Projection Festival artworks will be projected from 6pm until midnight every evening between July 15-24.

Oh, and it’s FREE! (excluding some special events).

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Tom Graham

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