This website presents a case study of Vivid Sydney.


This site is designed for teachers of Visual Arts, Photography and Digital Media and Visual Design. It  can be used to explore public art spectacles and ways that they can act as a system for the exchange of cultural and symbolic capital. This website was written with the NSW Stage 6 Visual Arts Syllabus in mind but the ideas and tools here could be used by Visual Arts and Design teachers anywhere in the world. 


A case study is an in-depth study of artists, artworks, ideas, movements, issues and/ or concepts. Vivid Sydney is a much celebrated and popular annual outdoor lighting festival with immersive light installations and projections in Sydney.  Part of the lighting festival also includes the performances from local and international musicians and an ideas exchange forum featuring public talks and debates from leading creative thinkers.


We hope that educators will use this site to bring together new understandings and ideas about how to expand their students’ use of cultural frameworks to interrogate contemporary Visual Arts.


This website was originally developed to support a seminar and panel discussion at the VADEA NSW 2015 annual conference “Reframing the Frames?”



It has since been updated and will also be presented at the National Visual Arts Education Conference, (NVAEC 2016) at the National Gallery of Australia.

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