Central Australia's
Dark Skies Festival

Open Call for Artists

Central Australia’s Dark Skies Festival celebrates the clear views of the night sky we have here in Central Australia. We are looking for projection-based artworks about the night sky to exhibit outdoors at night during this festival.

The night sky in Central Australia is internationally significant, with views of the Milky Way clearer here than almost anywhere else, thanks to our dark skies. Seeing a clear night sky can be a philosophical experience and is an important part of being human. 

This brand new experimental festival of science and art takes place from the 6th-14th May at The Earth Sanctuary just outside of Alice Springs in Central Australia. The Dark Skies Festival celebrates the unique views we have of the night sky, aiming to conserve them for future generations. 

The festival will include star talks by astronomers, telescope viewings, and artworks installed onsite. 

We are looking for projection-based artworks about the night sky by artists from anywhere in the world. The works will be projected outdoors at night at The Earth Sanctuary, onto domes, projection screens, and other elements within the environment.

When we have selected the artworks, we will invite local musicians to respond to them, so that we can put on a series of live performances with the projections in situ at The Earth Sanctuary.

The audience will have the opportunity to look through telescopes and listen to star talks by astronomers before or after watching the performances. If your piece focuses on a specific celestial body, astronomers can tailor their talks to focus on them. 

Due to the remote location of our exhibition, proposals that are accepted will rely on the feasibility of logistics. We are requesting projection-based artworks in a digital file format that can be shared via DropBox. We will source projectors locally and will cover any costs associated with this. We can accept existing or developing work, but it must be completed by April, so allow time for the musicians to prepare their performances. 

If you are an artist with a projection based work, apply now! 

If you are a musician based in Alice Springs, express your interest in the project to Anna Dakin at anna-dakin@outlook.com