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Globelight Festival lights up Melbourne

August 7, 2013

On show at Anita Traverso Gallery and the Abbotsford Convent, the inaugural Globelight festival celebrates lighting art and design.

Above: (1) Leviathan pendant by Kent Gration of Wambamboo, (2) work by Sean Diamond. Images 2-5 courtesy Globelight

A new festival celebrating lighting arists and designers has launched in Melbourne.

The first annual Globelight festival is currently underway, celebrating the spectacle of the medium as well as the innovation and experimentation that characterises the work of lighting artists.

The festival is being held in two locations: the Anita Traverso Gallery in Richmond, where a range of design pieces and prototypes for commercial production are on display, and the Abbotsford Convent, where videos, installations and site-specific works will be on show.

The curators are James Tapscott and Sam Mitchell-Fin, installation artists based in Melbourne and Sydney respectively. Seventeen artists have work exhibited for the inaugural festival, including Vincent Buret, Kent Gration of Wambamboo, Ilan El, Ben Baxter and Ruth McDermott and Laura Lay.

Max Sudhues – a German artist and one of the youngest artists to have work selected as part of the first annual LightBiennale in Germany along with celebrated light artists such as Dan Flavin and James Turrell – will also have work showcased during the festival.

Globelight launched on 2 August 2013 and runs until 31 August.

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