International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) will welcome high school students from across Sydney to Vivid School, the first vocational education program of its kind taking place as part of Vivid Sydney – the largest festival of Light, Music and Ideas in the Southern Hemisphere.
Taking place over four days this week, STEM students and budding artists in years 9-12 will descend on Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue to meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s acclaimed light installations and to learn more about the creative processes involved in light art production.
Students will also have the rare opportunity to map their future career pathways in the creative industries by networking with experts working in projection, event production, technology and design, including ICC Sydney’s industry-leading audio visual team.
ICC Sydney CEO, Geoff Donaghy said the venue acts as a connection point between students and the globally renowned Vivid Sydney.
“We are delighted to be the official venue partner for the first ever Vivid School and provide a platform for young talent to be inspired, motivated and meet some of Sydney’s best creatives while witnessing ICC Sydney in action.
“This builds on our broader commitment to engaging local students and fostering the next generation of talent, in line with our community-focused Legacy Program which creates opportunities for them to attend, participate in and network at world leading events as they forge their career pathways.”
Destination NSW Chief Executive Officer and Vivid Sydney Executive Producer, Sandra Chipchase said ICC Sydney was the ideal location to stage the event.
“ICC Sydney is an incredibly dynamic venue which hosts some of the biggest events in the world, so it is very fitting that it is the host of Vivid School. Students will gain unprecedented exposure to the diverse and exciting world of events and creative projection to ultimately support the growth of the creative industries.”
ICC Sydney will also be home to a light installation - Dream States - that will be projected on to the venue’s exhibition centre as a part of the festival for the first time. Global guests and local visitors to Darling Harbour can witness the inspiring collection of whimsical 3D animated characters designed by five talents artists living with disability.
The artists behind the installation, which aims to promote social change and challenge existing barriers to access, include Tommy Duong, Peter Pang, Melissa Morrison, Michelle Rolls and Michael Tran in collaboration with UNSW Sydney Art and Design lecturer, Karen Kriss.
Vivid Sydney is owned, managed and produced by Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency. Vivid Sydney will run until Saturday 15 June and includes over 50 installations and projections created by more than 100 artists, located across the city.
For more information on VIVID Sydney including VIVID School and Dream States, visit www.vividsydney.com.
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