Client: Events ACT
Location: Parliamentary Triangle and Canberra City

2020 marked the 10th anniversary of Enlighten Canberra, the annual cultural festival set against the backdrop of the stunning builidngs of the Parliamentary Triangle. The Electric Canvas has had the priviledge of creating stunning projections mapped to some of our nation’s most iconic architecture since the festival’s inception in 2011. Each year Enlighten and its building projections continue to grow and captivate Canberrans and visitors alike.

This year we delivered projections for a total of seven sites, six of which are located in the Parliamentenary Triangle: Australian Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy (Old Parliament House), the National Gallery of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Library of Australia and Questacon (The National Science and Technology Centre). In addition, we created projections based on the work of local artists onto the City Renewal Authority’s Melbourne and Sydney buildings on Northbourne Avenue.

One of our favourite aspects of working on Enlighten is the opportunity to collaborate with the staff of the national institutions and attractions to create content inspired by and relevant to their exhibitions and programs. Many of the projection treatments we create are based on artworks and other assets from the attractions’ collections.

Of special note this year was our collaboration with interdisciplinary artists, Justin Moulder and Bhenji Ra, known collectively as Club Ate, who were commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia to develop a special work for Enlighten. The Electric Canvas’ artists worked alongside Justin and Bhenji to create “In Muva We Trust”, a visually stunning and thought-provoking projection onto the angular fa├žade of the NGA, featuring Club Ate’s unique storytelling of art, mythology and inclusivity.