New Light, 2022, Ryan Andrew Lee, Buried.


New Light 2022 will showcase experimental and diverse moving image works by First Nations artists.

Through a national call out, New Light will feature selected work by First Nations artists, exploring compelling and complex concepts. The commissioned artworks will be displayed on the media screens at the entrance to the Adelaide Festival Centre in July 2022 as part of Illuminate Adelaide. We’ll be announcing the successful applications in late March, 2022.

The New Light program has considerable lineage. A series of moving image works were first commissioned by ANAT in association with the City of Adelaide for the 2017 TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art. A selection of contemporary First Nations artists created short experimental projection works, which screened as part of the East End Moving Image program in Adelaide.

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia went on to support the work to screen at the Enlighten Festival, Canberra in 2018. In 2019, two of the New Light artists were selected to present their work at ISEA2019 in Gwangju, South Korea.

The vision for New Light 2022 is equally ambitious. Following our inaugural partnership with Illuminate Adelaide in 2021, ANAT and partners are excited to announce an opportunity for First Nations artists in 2022.

Notification of outcome: March 2022
Artwork development period: March – May 2022
Artwork screened as part of Illuminate Adelaide: 5 – 31 July 2022
New Light 2022 is presented by Illuminate Adelaide and ANAT, as part of the Adelaide Festival Centre Moving Image program.

For further information, please contact:
Dearna Newchurch, First Nations Program Producer
08 8231 9037

New Light, 2021, Lyndon Davis, Beeyali; Jasmine Miikika Craciun, My Healing; Ryan Andrew Lee, Buried.

New Light 2021 showcased experimental and diverse moving image works by contemporary First Nations artists. Through a national call out, New Light 2021 featured commissioned work by Lyndon Davis, Jasmine Miikika Craciun and Ryan Andrew Lee, exploring compelling and complex concepts. The artworks were displayed on the media screens at the entrance to the Adelaide Festival Centre during Illuminate Adelaide.

We are also thrilled to announce that New Light 2021 will be re-screening at the Adelaide Festival Centre media screens this coming Adelaide festival summer season! From Friday 18 February to Sunday 20 March 2022 you will be able to experience the work in-situ. It will be the perfect opportunity to experience the large-scale setting as intended. A free, family-friendly event not to be missed. Make sure you add this to your festival calendar this summer!

Read more about New Light 2021 here.


Illuminate Adelaide is a celebration of innovation, music, art, light and technology.
Every winter, for two weeks and three weekends, Illuminate Adelaide will light up the city’s streets, laneways and architecture with a program of free and ticketed events by local, national and international artists and companies. 

Since 2018 Adelaide Festival Centre has presented the Moving Image Program which offers artists an opportunity to screen their video work on the large-scale outdoor media screens near the entrance to the Festival Theatre. This curated program consists of local, national and international works that run 24 hours a day 7 days a week.