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Vivid School 2019: Monday Program


ICC Sydney
14 Darling Dr
2000 NSW

Vivid School 2019 Monday Session

Event Details

Session 1: So You Want a Career in Light & Technology Sculpture

Yes, you can have a career building robots that are five storeys tall! Meet the artists* behind some of the most popular works on the Vivid Sydney Light Walk including Zara Pasfield, Tim ‘Hurricane’ Bestman and Adrienn Lord.

Hear about how you can take your interest in art and design into a career making light sculptures. This session provides an opportunity to meet the artists behind Robot SPACELand’s 16metre tall EcoBot at Darling Harbour and the artists behind Regal Peacock, a giant kinetic bird, as well as immersive lighting experiences at Taronga Zoo and Barangaroo.

Come and discover that the artists in Vivid Sydney have each followed a unique road to build their individual careers. From mechatronics specialists and engineers to industrial designers and electricians, Vivid Sydney is proving that the great artists of our time haven’t necessarily gone to art school.

Session 2: So You Want a Career in Projection Art?

Do you love Drawing? Painting? Storytelling? Technology? Gaming? Meet the artists and technicians behind 2D and 3D animated projections on the landmark buildings in Vivid Sydney.

Speakers* include Bonnie Forsyth, Jonathan Nix, Michael Hassett and Murray Debus who have contributed to 3D mapped projections on Sydney’s landmark buildings including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), Customs House and Sydney Opera House. Hear the stories of how Vivid Sydney's animators, designers and lighting specialists learned their craft and how they came to make work for the festival.

This session is a perfect opportunity to ask questions like: How many projectors do you need to light the Sydney Opera House? How big are they? How do you tell a story on a building façade like Customs House or the MCA that has gaps all over it for windows and doors? How do you know the animation you’re creating is going to fit on the building? What are the best colours to use when designing projection on a building? How do you make a projection interactive?

*Speakers subject to change.


The day commences with a Vivid Sydney Overview – presented by Destination NSW.

This is followed by two 90-minute sessions comprising:

  • Topic Overview – presented by Lucy Keeler, Curator, Vivid Light
  • Meet the Professionals – Panellist overview
  • Moderated Panel Discussion
  • Q&A for students and teachers (15-20mins)


Program Structure  
9:15am - 9:45am Student Arrival
10am Vivid Sydney overview presented by Destination NSW
10:15am-12pm So You Want a Career in Light & Technology Sculpture
  Speakers* include Zara Pasfield, Tim 'Hurricane' Bestman and Adrienn Lord who have created light installations such as: Robot SPACELand's Ecobot, Regal Peacock and Cathedral of Light.
12noon - 1pm LUNCH BREAK
1pm - 2:40pm So You Want a Career in Projection Art?
  Speakers* include Bonnie Forsyth, Jonathan Nix, Michael Hassett and Murray Debus who have contributed to 3D mapped projections on Sydney’s landmark buildings across Vivid Sydney
2:40-2:45pm Closing comments and Thank you
2:45pm Student departure



Vivid School will take place at the International Convention Centre Sydney, Australia's premier convention, exhibition and entertainment destination.

Accessible by foot, car, taxi, ferry, coach and light rail, ICC Sydney is located in the heart of Sydney’s vibrant Darling Harbour precinct.

Meeting point: The Vivid School registration desk will be located in the main entrance to the Convention Centre. This entrance can be found at the northern end of ICC Sydney, closest to Cockle Bay (Darling Harbour) and Harbourside Shopping Centre.

To plan your trip to Vivid School at ICC Sydney, please visit the getting to ICC Sydney page.

If you are planning on bringing your school group by bus, please contact us by 10 May at: vivid.school@dnsw.com.au


Food and beverage is not provided by Vivid School. There will be a one hour lunch break. Please bring all required lunch, snacks and beverages. Water stations will be available to fill up water bottles.


Registrations for tickets to Vivid Sydney 2019 have now closed.

For teachers and schools who have already registered for Vivid School 2019, payments must be finalised by Friday 10 May. Once payment is received, we unfortunately cannot offer refunds for cancellations.

If you are interested in information for Vivid School 2020 and to assist us with programming and planning, please provide your details here.


If you have any further questions regarding Vivid School you can contact us here.

Access and Inclusion

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.