WinterLight Shines Bright

Haileybury’s WinterLight festival produced a spectacle of light-based art in conjunction with the ebullient Concerto Concert.

WinterLight is an avenue for artistic expression in new media. The Visual Arts, Music and Hospitality Departments collaborated to create an event that engaged the senses by casting Keysborough Senior School’s social centre in an entirely new light—literally and metaphorically.

Talented young digital designers, working under the tutelage of internationally renowned artist Brendan Harwood, used projected animation to light the pillars of Aikman Hall. Budding Hospitality Department chefs served warming drinks and hearty homemade winter soup to attendees who braved the crisp autumnal eve.

WinterLight uses projection animation and light sculpture to activate spaces around the Senior School Quadrangle. In the spirit of collaboration, it incorporates art, music and cuisine to showcase students’ talents and celebrate the creativity and innovation of Haileybury’s community.

Art Committee members developed their exploration with an imposing sculpture of light. The installation, House, took pride of place in the centre of the Quad, allowing onlookers to create their views of the space as they listened to talented jazz combos perform.

WinterLight brings Haileybury’s community together as the cooler months approach.

It draws on the late Leonard French’s brilliant stained glass, which features in the Haileybury Chapel, the National Gallery of Victoria and the National Library of Australia. Students use French’s work as inspiration to incorporate Art Nouveau period design principles with recurring floral themes sourced from Haileybury’s grounds.

This year’s WinterLight attendees also supported local Melbourne charity Backpack Bed for Homeless. The proceeds of food and drink sales helped to purchase more of these valuable commodities for people who sleep rough in our city during winter.