Port to Port: a show created by collaborators around SA

Port to Port – A visual story connecting South Australia’s coastal towns (and digital collaborators in them).

Illuminart are a team of artists who bring communities together to experience incredible, after dark light shows.

Our mission is to bring the art of storytelling to light, and to bring people together to share the experience of stories created about your own local place. Every production aspires to move people, to create magic, and to craft a digital legacy that live alongside memories of the events.

Known well for projections onto buildings on North Terrace, and installations during Fringe, illuminart’s amazing work includes national award winning productions in Sydney, Exmouth and Rockhampton.

In 2016 illuminart began working on their own large scale production, Port to Port… building a series of digital stories with communities all around SA. The stories have featured local artists, history, tall tales, natural riches and colourful themes. We have also been training and mentoring regional creative people to produce stories about their area.

Illuminart have collected hundreds of stories, which have been lovingly crafted into family friendly animated art, ready for projection. Many of the stories are connected to the theme of Port to Port – and involving people in telling stories about their place. They all help to show the significance of ketches to SA’s history, and will be part of the celebration for the Falie Ketch centenary.  Below are a few thumbnails of selected animations created during the production.

Port to Port video thumbnails

The team are now preparing to take the entire collection of animated stories on tour, to all the cities, towns and regions who have participated. Team illuminart are packing photons into suitcases and TRAVELLING LIGHT! … taking all the digital stories and projection mapping on a giant road tour as the finale of five years of cross regional collaboration around South Australia. Find out more here:

Travelling light tour

Port to Port has been a five year long project supported by many creative partners and regional collaborators. The project is counting the days till we share the work we have created, with communities around SA.

In a unique odyssey, a vehicle specially equipped with high powered projectors will tour and present this large projection show, from Mount Gambier, through Beachport, Victor Harbor, Onkaparinga, the Yorke Peninsula, Iron Triangle and West Coast of SA… touring over 2000 kilometres of coastline to share projection art storytelling with South Australians.

The Port to Port tour is being presented and promoted during the South Australian Living Artists festival (SALA) and will begin on the 1st August 2019 and culminate on the 28th September 2019. For full details of the tour please visit

Other Info


  • Australia Council for the Arts
  • Flinders Ports
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • District Council of Streaky Bay
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • Festival Fleurieu
  • District Council of Yankalilla
  • Copper Coast Council
  • Harry Butler Memorial at Minlaton
  • City of Mount Gambier
  • Flinders Ranges Council
  • City of Whyalla
  • District Council of Elliston
  • and many more…


The idea for Port to Port began in 2011 with a Geek in Residence project at Country Arts SA, to develop connections and reach out to digital creatives in the bush through a project called Digital Salon. Meanwhile illuminart was working in Port Adelaide on projects featuring the history of the Port, and its connections to all of regional SA.

In 2014 with the assistance of Arts SA and Regional Arts Australia we began developing the concept for a large cross regional project that helped us find and train artists to be able to collaborate with us remotely.  In 2015 we went on tour to meet interested artists and communities Port Pirie, Port Germein, Port Augusta, Whyalla and Victor Harbor, and began building project ideas.

In January 2016 the momentum for the project really picked up, with illuminart partnering with the Tunarama Festival. In January 2016 we completed and presented Boston Bay Broadcast, as an event at Tunarama in January 2016.

In June 2016 we held digital media training workshops in Port Pirie, in July 2016 we held workshops in Victor Harbor.

In late 2016 we confirmed successful multi-year funding and began training digital artisans (the Leading Lights) which continued into 2017 with training and presentations in other regional towns. In 2018 the project presented 8 productions and training projects with key partners.

Illuminart and our regional collaborators are making a touring projection show that will be presented on buildings and silos around Regional SA in 2019. The show will interweave the history of South Australia’s mosquito fleet (ships that serviced the regional Ports) with stories about local people and places, into a stunning digital show that combines art and storytelling from around South Australia.

After it has toured, it will be displayed in Adelaide.

We are involving several regional towns as key partners, and they are benefitting from specialised workshops and unique projects in their region, and being on the touring route for final show where their community will have a free public presentation.

We have invited a group of digital creatives from all around regional SA, to be trained them as producers and digital artisans. These special people are called the Leading Lghts and are working with us to lead the project in their region.

Participating communities receive mentorship and support to assist the regional artists in their community to develop locally driven media that forms part of the large scale Port to Port project and to have it presented in their town.



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