Celebrating 10 years in 2017, the free outdoor festival is taking over Fitzroy's Gertrude Street for ten nights
Festival director Nicky Pastore’s first brush with the Gertrude Street Projection Festival was as part of an artist collective, unleashing what she calls “guerrilla projections” (sanctioned by the organisers) around the streets of Fitzroy from a car battery.
In the nine years the GSPF has been running (two with her at the helm) Pastore has seen it evolve from a niche outdoor exhibition to a major ten-day event on Melbourne’s art calendar.
“More and more people are understanding what projection art is, especially with White Night and Vivid,” she says. Increasingly, artists are venturing into digital practice, and taking advantage of fast-evolving technology to make projection art richer and better able to interact with its surroundings.
In 2017, RMIT lecturer Fiona Hillary has curated a line-up of more than 30 works, themed around 'Unfurling Futures'. Australian artists creating work include Yandell Walton, Ray Thomas, Susan Forrester and Jody Haines.
Key sites include the Festival Hub at the Catfish, Atherton Towers and the Gertrude Hotel, but look out for the smaller works in nooks and laneways along the way.
There's also a program of dance, performance, food and music running concurrently, with a mix of free and ticketed events.