NarraBRIGHT Street Party 2024

Illuminart are passionate about collaborating with artists, sharing local stories and producing show-stopping spectacles in regional towns.  As a part of a fresh new program of illuminations for NarraBRIGHT 2024, several artworks of Gomeroi artist, Caitlin Trindall, transformed the walls of Narrabri’s former Clubhouse Hotel with vibrant animations.

The featured artwork joined several iconic buildings in Maitland Street that came alive this year as part of Create Festival’s exciting celebration of community, creativity and innovation.

Caitlin, a proud Gomeroi woman, first began painting in 2016 as a way to connect to her Grandfather Stan Trindall in Narrabri despite being physically apart. Inspired by her Pop, Caitlin has a passion for bringing Aboriginal culture into everyday spaces through artworks and creative workshops. Through her business, Mirii Art, Caitlin is proud to create all kinds of artworks including canvas paintings, murals, digital art, public art projects, jewellery, emu eggs, and homewares.

“The works I have selected to appear in this exhibition hold a great deal of significance to me, they are a combination of both traditional and contemporary art”, Caitlin said. “One of these artworks ‘Family of Turtles’ was painted for my Pop as a representation of our family – with each of the 4 turtles symbolic of my Pop, my Mum Leanne Trindall, my brother Matt, and me. To showcase this at NarraBRIGHT is an absolute honour that I am truly excited for.’

The annual illumination street light festival has built on the success of previous years, and this year a number of buildings were transformed to feature new Country themed animations using projection mapping and Epson technology.  Crowds were treated to a combination of locally inspired elements from local fauna and ephemera as well as a celebration of the many positive human interactions with environment in the region.  The buildings featured included the Westpac Building, Best Employment Building, Meat on Maitland and McDonalds Fashions Frontages.

The bright displays included Mount Kaputar pink slug, kangaroos, kookaburras, frogs, cockatoos, snakes, pelicans and more. The show highlighted the relationships between land and water, and various elements of country from tractors, radio telescopes and agriculture, to recreation on the lake and more.

NarraBRIGHT annually brings Narrabri’s main street alive, bursting with colour, music, entertainment, late night shopping, food, captivating art installations, market stalls and art workshops.

The event is funded, organised, and run by Narrabri Shire Council.

You can explore the 2024 full programme here!

To see photographs and information about how NarraBRIGHT 2023 featured community artwork in illuminart’s light projections take a look here.

"I’m so thrilled to be showcasing these artworks in Narrabri, and sharing these with my family, friends and the wider community"

Caitlin Trindall, proud Gomeroi artist