Expression of Interest Application

White Night Winter Melbourne 2019 and White Night Ballarat 2019 are seeking Expressions of Interest from Artists who want to make a contribution.

Applications are now open in the categories of Installation/Visual Arts, Lighting/AV/Projection/Film & Music/Live Performance.

About White Night Winter

In 2019, White Night will take place in Melbourne for the seventh year and will mark the first time it takes place in winter over three consecutive nights in late August.

White Night Winter Melbourne is the city as you know it, but reimagined and transformed under the ephemeral cloak of night. From dusk, local, national and international artists, musicians and performers will weave a spell over the city in a celebration of art, culture and creativity. From the intimate to the epic, art and performance in all its forms owns the night.

As winter breaks and on the eve of spring, we invite you to gather in and around Melbourne’s iconic buildings and cultural institutions, streets, laneways, and parks, in celebration of reclaiming and reimagining the city.

For one night in October 2019, White Night will return to Ballarat for the third time. From heritage buildings and streetscapes, to cultural venues and laneways, this regional city will be transformed by creativity, arts and culture once again.

2019 is the spark that will light the flame!

Creative Theme

When developing and submitting your idea, you are invited to consider the Creative Theme for 2019:


“From a little spark may burst a flame” ~ Dante

a small amount of a quality or intense feeling.

… a particle, iota, glimmer, flicker, atom, trace, vestige, fragment, modicum, hint, touch, whisper…

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.Robin Williams


This Creative Theme is underpinned by the four creative pillars: Inclusion, Accessibility, Engagement and Innovation – which when combined with the quotes above, will be used to determine the suitability of all Expressions of Interest submissions.

Inclusion / Inclusive for audiences and artists alike, everyone should be able to participate, experience and enjoy the event.

Accessibility / Accessible from both a practical and creative perspective, the audience needs to be able to travel through the experience with confidence and in comfort. The works and installations should also be accessible in terms of location and physical access, as well as subject matter.

Engagement / The works and installations should engage the audience emotionally and experientially, capture their attention and solicit responses from them. The works should also engage and involve the community, artists and patrons.

Innovation / The works and installations need to break conventions, be innovative and original. White Night should challenge perceptions, it should captivate and motivate, incite and inspire. White Night should be uplifting, it should ignite the senses and lift the spirit.


White Night Winter Melbourne

Artist EOIs Open – Monday 19 November 2018
Artists EOI Submissions Close – Midnight, Wednesday 30 January 2019
Assessment Period – February & March 2019
Artists notified by – Late March 2019
Melbourne Event – Late August 2019

White Night Ballarat

Artist EOIs Open – Monday 19 November 2018
Artists EOI Submissions Close – Midnight, Wednesday 30 January 2019
Assessment Period – March & April 2019
Artists notified by – Late April 2019
Ballarat Event – October 2019

Please note that Expressions of Interest for other categories will be advertised on the website at later dates to be announced.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I work out the budget?

The budget may be only indicative at this stage but, based on the size and scale of your work. Items to include are artist fees, what costs you expect to create/build the work, any known technical costs to create, perform and install the work.

My work has been at other festivals and events, but not in Australia. Do I call it a “new” work?

No – this should be considered an “existing” work. If it has been presented before anywhere it is not considered a “new” work – but you should include information on where the work has previously been seen and /or performed, and any other information about how it was originally devised and created. We welcome works that have previously been seen overseas and in Australia. You may even want to put a twist on your existing work – White Night may be the platform to do it!

Do you pay artists to be involved?

Yes. White Night pays artists for their involvement and where applicable you should nominate your fee in the submission.

I’ve submitted before but have not been successful. Can I resubmit the same idea?

Yes, you can resubmit ideas from previous years.

I have an idea for the venue or location – can I include this with my submission?

Yes, White Night will consider suggested locations, but we reserve the right to determine the most suitable venue.

If I am not successful – can I get feedback as to where I went wrong?

While we extensively review and consider each EOI, it is impossible to respond to each individually due to the scale of the festival program. We keep all EOIs for consideration and aim to match performers with opportunities as they arise.

I am a lighting and audio supplier – do I submit an EOI to be involved?

If you have an idea for a work, you should submit via the EOI process. If you would like to be considered as a supplier and not an artist, you should contact White Night via the email enquiry address: [email protected]

Further Enquiries

For any further enquiries regarding the Expressions of Interest –
email: [email protected]