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July 18, 2014 Corporate No Comments Email Email

As bicentenary plans ignite, Australia’s oldest inland settlement, Bathurst, is staking its claim on being the gateway to Inland Australia with submissions for a community art and tourism project now open.

The Bathurst bicentenary feature event, a six month Illumination project will see the stories of Bathurst projected onto a number of central buildings and expressions of interest via Tenderlinkare now open to fulfil the creative and technological execution.

Bicentenary Celebrations Committee Chairman and Bathurst Mayor, Gary Rush said that he hoped the project would attract enquiries from across the country.

“It’s a significant opportunity for an organisation to demonstrate its story telling abilities combined with innovative illumination technology,” he said.

“The Arts is alive and well in Bathurst and this city is recognised for its experimentation and innovation.”

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery was the inaugural recipient of the state government’s regional NSW sculpture acquisition program and gallery director Richard Perram was recently awarded an OAM for his services to visual arts, particularly through the museums and galleries sector.

“Performance Art is also breaking new ground with the attraction of South Australia’s Ruby Arts and Culture Award winning hybrid media performance, If there was a Colour Darker than Black, I’d wear it.

“We expect applicants to submit an impressive portfolio of ideas and experience, and we have seen illumination projects in Newcastle, Perth and of course Vivid in Sydney to know that there is amazing things being done with light and projection to create a celebratory atmosphere,” Mr. Perram said.

‘Lights will go on’ for the Bathurst Illumination Project on Thursday 7 May 2015 and a street celebration will be held on the Saturday evening for people to gather in the CBD and experience the Bicentenary story telling with great food, entertainment and activities.

“Until we review the applications, we won’t finalise locations or sites, but expect the Bathurst Town Square precinct to centralise the Illumination,” Mr. Perram added

“Storytelling is a big part of the project and the key themes of history, heritage, recreation, innovation and culture will be showcased in the projections.  Wiradyuri storytelling is also a feature of the project that we hope will translate well with Illumination.

“We expect the applicants to show a depth of understanding of our rich history and translate that into modern day story telling.  There will be workshops for local content and an expectation that new skills will be learnt in our region as a result of the project,” he said.

The content will be refreshed during the year with two changes in the calendar bringing fresh vision to enjoy and encourage people to return to Bathurst.  Bathurst is 2 hours and 45 mins from the Sydney CBD and has daily rail and air services to Sydney.  The change of content is scheduled for mid Winter and the October race period and themed outdoor festivals will also be held to celebrate the new stories.

Tenders close Tuesday 22 July and are available through Tenderlink at


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