Photography: Kate Geck

The Gertrude Street Projection Festival for 2019 promises to be bigger and more beautiful than ever with hovering spirits, human canvases and VR experiences. Running from Friday 26 July to 3 August 2019.

Starting off on Friday July 26 from 6pm will be the free. All ages Opening Night Party at Foresters Hall, featuring a krumping session with Melbourne’s Zero Sessions, a VJ performance by Pixel Angel and a light art installation by Rachel Jessie-Rae.

Throughout the much-loved festival 22 streetscape projections will switch on, showcasing a mixture of new and established digital artists. Boundary-pushing Melbourne creatives Atong Atem and Salote Tawele will present pieces alongside Sydney-based Papua New Guinean artist Taloi Havini, who will bring her acclaimed work Habitat to GSPF.

The long-evolving video installation draws on research from the archives, rituals and contested sites from Australia’s colonial legacies in Bougainville during Papua New Guinea’s independence period.

A passionate advocate for projection art and winner of the Judges Choice Award at GSPF 2017, Melbourne artist Yandell Walton has collaborated with Signal to create Voice - a public artwork which empowers young people to speak up in solidarity against climate change.

A hovering spirit person, a collection of bones, tree branches and a shell – Sway by artist, muralist, community art facilitator and printmaker Tom Civil depicts a personal resonance about life, birth and death. The piece has been commissioned by the Australian Print Workshop. In Women Who Buck, Shuttermain has collaborated with the Melbourne Zero Sessions to challenge the status quo of Krump, resisting conventions about femininity and disrupting social norms regarding the female body and how it can be used in dance.

Gertrude Street Projection Festival will close in style with a jumping block party: Perspective on Saturday August 3, 5-10pm will reverberate with the creative and communal pulse of Atherton Gardens Housing Estate, showcasing a culturally diverse range of talented young people.

See the streets come to life, see the Gertrude Street Projection Festival this July and August.


Dates: 26 July - 3 August 2019

Time: 6pm - midnight

Location: Multiple locations throughout Gertrude Street area

Gertrude Street Projection Festival