Cultural and creative life

Call for artists to capture Sydney’s lunar spirit

The City of Sydney invites artists to submit ideas for the 2021 Sydney Lunar Festival.

To mark the Year of the Ox, local creatives are invited to showcase the majestic animal as a contemporary artwork with both day and night-time appeal.

Artists are also invited to submit designs for a new dragon artwork.

The current Lunar Lanterns exhibition features 12 lanterns representing the animal signs of the lunar zodiac.

The City is looking for ideas that demonstrate contemporary artistic interpretation and draw inspiration from one or more of the cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year.

The concepts should be innovative in their use of public space, highly accessible, engaging and demonstrate artistic excellence.

From its modest beginnings in 1995 as a community street market, the City of Sydney’s festival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of the Lunar New Year outside of Asia.

Today the festival attracts close to 1.5 million people – including more than 600,000 visitors to the Lunar Lanterns exhibition – and last year provided a $42 million boost to the local economy.

Submissions close Sunday 23 February 2020.

Find out more about the brief.

Published 3 February 2020, updated 10 February 2020