Artists encouraged to think big for Rooster lanterns

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Artists are being urged to fire up their imaginations and think big to create new Sydney Chinese New Year lunar lantern designs for the upcoming Year of the Rooster.

The City of Sydney is calling for ideas for five new animal lantern artworks – a rooster, rat, dog, pig and snake – that will be created for Sydney’s 2017 Chinese New Year celebrations.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was looking for artworks to join the amazing lantens that delighted Sydneysiders and visitors throughout this year’s festival.

“We’re looking for ideas on a grand scale to take up residence in some of Sydney’s most iconic outdoor spaces,” the Lord Mayor said.

“That means design ideas that are large, bold, innovative and contemporary enough to build on the huge success of the 2016 event.”

“Sydney’s annual Lunar New Year celebration is one of the biggest outside mainland China, attracting more than 600,000 visitors. This is a wonderful opportunity for artists to showcase their work to the world.”

Festival Curator Claudia Chan Shaw said the expanded Lunar Lantern exhibition was sure to be a star attraction of the 2017 event after its successful launch this year.

“We want to encourage artists from all walks of life to submit ideas that are vibrant, exciting and new to help take this exhibition and our celebrations to the next level.”

Artists will need to submit an artists impression, full colour concept or scale model of their proposed lantern design for one of the animals, along with a short artwork statement, by Monday 11 April.

For artist application inquiries, contact City of Sydney Program Manager Michelle Bell on 02 9246 7209 or email or Senior Program Manager Simon Walkom on 02 9265 7626 or email

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Advisor Belinda Wallis on 0467 810 160 or

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Paul Mackay on 0432 182 647 or email

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