illuminart’s Travelling Light: a grand projection art tour 2019

Latest News: Travelling Light (a tour of the Port to Port stories to regional communities in South Australia) is the national winner of Best Regional Event, in the 2020 Australian Event Awards. Congratulations to all participants, collaborators and partners!

Award for best Regional Event 2019

TRAVELLING LIGHT: illuminart has roved regional South Australia in a unique odyssey, in a vehicle specially equipped with high powered projectors… touring over 2000 kilometres to share projection art storytelling with South Australians.

Residents were astounded to see their Silos, Town halls or big walls lit and writ large for a single night, with bold colourful artwork and stories collected over years of preparation for this touring production, in shows crafted especially for each event.

Presented during the 2019 SALA the South Australian Living Artists Festival, the tour invited all to “enjoy your arts and heritage, rug up and enjoy a special winter event: TRAVELLING LIGHT will be coming to a town near you.”

The most important aspect of Travelling Light were the participating artists and creative people in the communities, who had been involved in training and developing stories to turn into the projection over the last few years, as part of the Port to Port project. The stories were collected into a massive compilation that was curated into an hour long show unique to each town and its selected landmark.

A huge thank-you to the team at illuminart for making the magic happen - they make it look so easy however an enormous amount of work and talent is required to make the Travelling Light shows... and what an amazing effort travelling over 2000 km and 17 towns to share projection art storytelling with South Australians.

Port Augusta Cultural Centre - Yarta Purtli
  • During the tour we presented a stunning projection show that changed in each location and grew along the way, connecting people and places, Ports and trade routes.

    There were 17 stops along the route, where a landmark was illuminated by projection stories traded across South Australia.

    The projection show featured  animation about South Australia’s maritime and coastal heritage created by animators and artists from South Australia – it was a great way to discover more about SA! Some places also arranged for a workshop to be held or a story to be created especially, and artwork contributed to be ‘blown up’ as large as possible.


    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 lives alongside memories of the events.

    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.

    Illuminart collected hundreds of stories, which were lovingly crafted and curated for the tour, to all the cities, towns and regions who have participated.


    Illuminart have been working on this project since 2013, with the help of various grants, partnerships and community connections around SA. For more information about our 5 year long project (so far) visit

    If you loved this project and you want to see how the concept has developed, we are pleased to announce that in partnership with regional South Australian councils, Epson Australia and with support from Arts SA and National Science Week, you can now enjoy the Constellation Stories in Light Trail, a collection of new Science+Art themed feature animations that connect simultaneously at five spectacular permanent projection sites in regional South Australia, 1st – 31st August 2022. Grab your picnic, your rug and chair and watch the countdown while you enjoy the sunset!

  • The Travelling Light project was featured in the October 2019 edition of CX Magazine. You can see the article here.




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    Discover what what different communities had to say about Travelling Light. We scraped the internet to learn as much as we could about how regional places engaged with our event and this compilation shows the enthusiasm we found in every place.  Thank you to every partner, co-host, and group who assisted us to take Travelling Light to all these places.

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