1 Fitzroy St
Thursday 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Friday 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Saturday 8:00pm – 11:00pm

In 1888 Tamworth became the first city in Australia to be lit by electric street lighting, replacing the old technology gas lights.  This was just 11 years after Paris switched on the first electric street lighting in 1877 and 15 years before Sydney installed this new technology.  For many decades Tamworth was known as the City of Light and celebrated this event with a big community festival.

Referencing this important part of the City’s history and identity, Light – Art – The Night is a project where five local artists have been working with Cindi Drennan’s company, Illuminart, to create projections on Tamworth’s landmark buildings.

Digital projections and animations by Emma Stilts, Miranda Heckenberg, Danny Stanley, Andrea Bruno and Julian Mann using artwork from Kamilaroi artist Reko Rennie, the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection and the Tamworth Film and Sound Archive.


Reko Rennie – Artist

Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary media. Through his art, Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environments.

Largely autobiographical, his commanding works combine the iconography of his Kamilaroi heritage with stylistic elements of graffiti.  Rennie merges traditional diamond-shaped designs, hand-drawn symbols and repetitive patterning to subvert romantic ideologies of Aboriginal identity. His vibrant and colourful imagery will be projected the wall of 1 Fitzroy Street (cnr Kable Avenue).

Date: Thursday 31 October – Saturday 2 November

Time: 8.00pm  – 11.00pm

Venues:          1 Fitzroy Street, cnr Kable Ave – Emma Stilts projection, Reko Rennie, artist

Tamworth Regional Gallery, 466 Peel St – Miranda Heckenberg and Andrea Bruno projection, images from the Tamworth Regional Gallery’s and the Art Gallery of New South Wales textiles collections,

Ray Walsh House, 435 – 437 Peel St – Julian Mann, projections from the Tamworth Film & Sound Archive,

Bicentennial Park – Danny Stanley projection of Gomeroi dancers (Thursday & Friday only)


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