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Experience the magic of Spier Light Art 2021

Spier is proud to announce the third edition of Spier Light Art from 26 February to 28 March 2021. Designers, architects, light, sound and video artists – as well as students and institutions – are invited to submit expressions of interest for projects and video-based artworks that are engaging to all age groups.

The previous Spier Light Art festival saw over 12 000 visitors viewing 18 artworks, ranging from interactive installations to pieces that invited the visitors to pause and reflect. The initiative forms part of their Growing for Good initiatives, which empowers communities to create positive social and environmental change.

Submission requirements and process

Expressions of interest must include a short response to either of the themes (no more than a page), concept sketches and provisional budget indicating whether this is to be funded in part or total by the Spier Arts Trust. Submission of video-based artworks must include a short conceptual outline with web links to the work or examples of previous work. These can be emailed to the Project Manager at lightart@spier.co.za before 20 November 2020. A more thorough proposal may be requested after the initial short list is announced.

The Spier Arts Trust will fund or part fund the installations chosen by the Selection Committee headed by curator Jay Pather.

Thematic Directions

1.         The whimsical/ethereal: works can reflect a light-hearted engagement with one of multiple sites.

2.         The conceptual: works can reflect and integrate more topical conceptual interests that frame our current socio-political landscape as well as COVID-19 directly.

3.         Works could also reflect on our shifting relationship to technology and its disruptive influence.

4.         There is a specific call for existing video-based artworks produced during lockdown which reflect and integrate more topical conceptual interests that frame our current socio-political landscape.

Audience’s safety is paramount, and interactive works need to follow COVID-19 safety protocols around touch and social distancing. The works will be curated so that audiences will be able to move from one work to another while observing these protocols as well.

Spier Light Festival 2019/2020

The second edition of the exhibition took place over summer 2019, lighting Spier up with an array of artworks incorporating light and sound. Over 12,000 visitors viewed the 18 artworks, ranging from interactive installations to pieces that invited the visitor to pause and reflect. Previously showcased artworks offer creatives ideas for the kinds of works that the Selection Committee are interested in featuring. Refer to last year’s programme here for inspiration.

“Light art installations are mercurial by nature. Transcending the confines of their materiality, light artworks are also defined by what they illuminate or hide” reflect the curators, says Jay Pather. “These experiences – of walking and pausing, catching a glimpse or settling down to absorb – invited introspection, adventure and playfulness. Scattered across the Spier estate, each work offered an opportunity to experience the complex, multi-hued, multi-faceted texture of our environment and ourselves.”

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