Sydney Stories….. Curated Stories in Light

Curated Stories in Light

The world premiere of Curated Stories in Light – 3 site-specific light-artworks created for Warrane (Sydney Cove) – was held from 19-23 May 2021, free, from twilight to 11pm in the CBD.

Bold stories, edgy and vibrant moving-images transformed Sydney’s secret-nooks, sandstone lane-ways and colonial buildings. From twilight, audiences experienced projections of award-winning contemporary photography, lyrical paintings and slam poetry. The works shared First Nation’s stories, heard women call for a loving revolution and experienced a cinematic portal into the future in three free, new artistic installations and rediscover Sydney on a 1 km trail.

Google Map of the sites (click to open in a new window):

Map of the three sites of Curated Stories in Light 2021


‘Contact Trace’ at Sydney Hospital

Inviting reflection, hundreds of photographs captured during the year of the pandemic in our city were projected onto the Hospital’s historic Southern Archway, Macquarie Street entrance. This cinematic, futuristic portal traverses the real and imaginary in Sydney with tales of humanity, fear and hope by John Janson-Moore, composer/sound artist Andrée Greenwell, producer Jacqui North.


Project director – John Janson-Moore is a visual artist, photographer and filmmaker. His work is a finalist for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2021. He was a collaborative artist of the Sydney Biennale 2020 and won the Moran Prize for Contemporary Photography 2013.

Composer Andrée Greenwell is known for her ground-breaking music theatre and multidisciplinary works, having written over 100 scores including for Sydney Theatre Company, Symphony Australia, Australian Dance Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, and Queensland Music Festival.

Producer Jacqui North creates dynamic, collaborative cultural events and videos.

Uncle Jack Charles is an Indigenous actor, musician, potter and gifted performer, and in his 73 years his story of success and fame also includes being from the Stolen Generation, being homeless, a heroin addict, a thief and a regular in Victoria’s prisons.


‘Bungaree’ at Angel Place

Artist Leanne Tobin, a Dharug descendent, shares powerful First Contact stories on colonial sandstone walls. Inviting meditation in Angel Place, Leanne’s work will be projected where the Tank Stream flowed and Gadigal people crafted stone tools. Bungaree of the Garigal clan (Broken Bay) was a teenager when the First Fleet sailed through the heads; he became a diplomat, interpreter and witty mimic of the colonials. Bungaree and his wives moved freely in the new colony in the 1800’s, trading peaches and produce. He circumnavigated this country with the Royal Navy but unlike Captain Flinders and his cat, there is no statue for Bungaree.

Artist:  Leanne Tobin is a descendent of the Buruburongal and Wamuli clans of the Dharug Nation, also with Irish and English ancestry.  She seeks to bring those stories of the First Nations people that are so often absent, to light through her art.

“My family became invisible, we went underground… but we are now in the process of renewal. For me it’s that underlying landscape, underlying country. It might be covered in concrete… those rivers and creeks are still running through this place; they still retain and hold those stories of country… Where people come together to create ceremony, that creates memory and shared, positive healing stories.”


‘Love & Revolution’ at 47 George St, Tallawoladah (The Rocks)

Gather to live not wait, to love not hate. Women unite the street with light-artworks and strong lyrics. Hear 2021’s most awarded poet Sara Saleh, an Arab-Australian human rights lawyer and Candy Royalle, queer priestess of poetry (RIP) with street artist @Ms Saffaa. ‘We are dawn and dusk, there is no light without our dark, we are growing new worlds and new worlds are growing us’ writes Sara in vivid Arabic and English. Video-artist Jacqui North with love-labour by people of colour and LGBTQI community.

‘wow, stunning film and poetry’

Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Red Room

Artist: Jacqui North creates dynamic videos and events, and is producing ‘Curated Stories in Light’ with illuminart Australia. Her films have been broadcast in Denmark, Canada, America and Australia and Jacqui’s delivered 130 festivals.

Curated Stories in Light’ is presented by illuminart Australia, North Productions, in partnership with City of Sydney

 Thanks to: Sydney Hospital, The Rocks logo, City Recital Hall

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Covid-safe Information:  Projections are open-air, free – no requirement for check-in.

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