Visual Arts Program

Registrations close at midnight AEST on 27 March 2020

Vivid School gives students the opportunity to lift the lid on the largest festival of Light, Music and Ideas in the Southern Hemisphere – Vivid Sydney.


Visual Arts
Visual Arts


Visual Arts Program

Calling all budding light artists, creatives, sculptors, designers and makers: join Vivid School in 2020 and create an installation to be featured in the Vivid Sydney Light Walk.

The Vivid School – Visual Arts program is for students enrolled in Stages 4 & 5 and encourages students to investigate a range of different practices and influences in the visual arts, develop artistic intention and experience the joy in making artworks.

This program will introduce students to some of the world’s leading creatives working as part of Vivid Sydney, provide real insight into career pathways in the arts industry and enable students to create a unique artwork based on a professional design brief just as Vivid Sydney artists do.

Sculptures created by students (in groups of three or more) will be featured as part of a collective installation in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, titled Patterns in Nature.

Each installation will feature one of two simple wire base frames. Students will then create a sculpture around the black wire frame from white or transparent found and recycled materials that are weatherproof and respond to light in an interesting way. Students must be inspired by the theme Glowing White Botanicals.

The installation pays homage to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and its endeavour to preserve plant genetic diversity, restore damaged ecosystems and support cutting-edge botanical science.

The collective installation will be installed by Vivid Sydney’s operations team with feature pieces by University of Technology Sydney Product Design students, and pixel mapped by a professional lighting designer to bring the ‘garden’ to life during the festival.


Pre Event

In class, students will follow a design brief to create their own Vivid Light sculpture from reclaimed and repurposed materials.

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On The Day

Full-day program including Q&A with industry experts and a live demonstration of projection mapping.

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Post Event

Participating schools will receive exclusive access to Vivid Sydney resources including interviews with program panellists.

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Structure Of The Day

Program Timetable
9:15am - 9:45am Student arrival
10:00am - 11:15am Session A: Welcome, Introduction to Vivid Sydney, Meet the Artists
11:15am - 11:30am Recess Break
11:30am - 12:30pm Session B: Be a Professional - School Oral Presentations & Feedback
12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch Break & Expanded Learning Project
1:30pm - 2:30pm Session C: Live Projection Mapping Design Demonstration
3:00pm - 4:00pm (Optional TBC) Pending interest from School Groups wishing to attend Vivid Sydney from 6pm, an additional program may be offered

Subject to change


Key Event Information

Who: For students enrolled in Stage 4 or 5 Visual Arts

When: 9.15am - 2.45pm on Monday 25 May, Tuesday 26 May or Thursday 28 May

Where: The Gallery, ICC Sydney - 14 Darling Drive, Sydney 2000

Cost: $35/student (including GST & fees). Teachers are free (1 teacher/10 students) or sole teachers $35/each. NSW Department of Education schools may apply for financial assistance for students to attend the Vivid School program. Please email Heather White on to access the application form.

Payment: By 1 April 2020 via credit card only (tax invoice issued upon receipt of payment via Eventbrite). Once payment is received, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations.

Registration: Submit your preferred date and student/teacher numbers and we will contact you directly to confirm your booking allocation and payment details. Registration closes on 27 March and payment must be finalised by 1 April.
Note: It is expected that sessions will sell out, Destination NSW will confirm booking allocations in order of application. Please register early to avoid disappointment.



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One (1) teacher free of charge per ten (10) students

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Teacher’s toolkit

Letter to Principal / Department Head providing rationale for attendance at Vivid School
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Visual Arts - NSW Curriculum Alignment Reference
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Vivid School Visual Arts Program - Sculpture Making Handbook
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Will all sculptures be displayed as part of the Vivid Sydney Light Walk?

No. Artwork will only be accepted if it meets design criteria and has been constructed to be resilient and weatherproof. Vivid Sydney reserves the right to select appropriate sculptures to be featured in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney installation.

Where can I source the wire frame and equipment to build the sculpture?

Our Vivid School partner, Bunnings, will provide schools with a Sculpture Making Kit that will include the base frame and other essential tools. Once schools have registered and finalised payment, the Trade Specialist at your local Bunnings will email you when your kits are ready for collection. Bunnings will kindly provide one (1) kit per three (3) students free of charge. 

Where can I source reused and recycled items for my sculpture?

Interesting packaging materials can be sourced from many local businesses (e.g. polystyrene foam wrap, bubble wrap, CDs/DVDs, heavy duty translucent plastics, milk bottles etc). Try your local Bunnings, or Reverse Garbage in Marrickville stocks various items suitable for re-use.

Do I have to use the exact wire frame referred to in the Sculpture Making Handbook?

Yes. Due to the design of the collective installation, it is vital that all sculptures are made from the same base. The wire frames will be included in the Sculpture Making Kits that will be provided by Bunnings.

Should my presentation include Keynote/PowerPoint slides?

No, presentations will be oral only to groups of peers. It will not be possible to display individual presentations for all participants.

Should I bring my sculpture to the Vivid School event at the ICC Sydney?

Yes! You will need your sculpture and your oral presentation on the day of your Vivid School program (do not bring lights of any kind, the festival will be lighting your sculpture for you). If accepted, your sculpture will travel directly from Vivid School to the Vivid Light Walk for installation.

Can students be involved in the installation of their sculpture?

Due to the volume of sculptures and technical requirements of the installation, students are not permitted to attend the site for bump in of their sculptures. This will be managed by Vivid Sydney’s expert operations and curatorial team.

Where and when will I be able to see my sculpture (if it is included?)

The final display will be located in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. All sculptures will be individually lit to become united with others, as part of a large installation Patterns in Nature. Individual sculptures will be in situ on the evening of your attendance at Vivid School. Individual sculptures will not be identified on site, but rather presented as one collective piece. Placement of sculptures is at the discretion of the Vivid Sydney Light curatorial and operations team.

Will my sculpture be returned to me after Vivid Sydney?

No, unfortunately it will not be possible to return the sculptures to each school / artist. Vivid Sydney will dispose of or reuse the sculptures in a sustainable way.

Food and Beverage

Food and beverage is not provided by Vivid School. There will be a 15 minute recess break and 1 hour lunch break. Please bring all required lunch, snacks and beverages. Water stations are available at the venue to refill water bottles.


Please bring small excursion bags with you. Students will need to keep bags and valuables with them at all times.


If you still can’t find the answer to your question in our FAQs please email and a member of the Vivid School team will be in contact with you as soon as possible.