Visual artists are an important part of the Australian music industry and we'd like to see BIGSOUND become a place where those artists also benefit from having so many of the world's music industry in one place.

Since taking part in last year's inaugural BIGSOUND Visual Arts Showcase, video producer, animator, projection artist and illustrator Helena Papageorgiou has been hard at work. The showcase gave her invaluable experience which has allowed her to tackle work for events like Bleach* Festival and Festival 2018, the Commonwealth Games arts and cultural program.

Helena and the rest of the festival design team worked under the tutelage of Splendour In The Grass Senior Creative Manager Janne Scott and renowned projection technician Lloyd Marsden to bring the Valley to life.

"Being a part of BIGSOUND Visual arts team gave me the opportunity to work with a great team of artists. Through this I was able to develop and focus my creative practice and output. This has since allowed my folio to grow and have my work included as part of showcases in Townsville and the Gold Coast with Festival 2018 Commonwealth Games. Other projects include the Festival poster designs, Geelong After Dark Festival and several music videos for artists based in Australia and internationally. The experience of the BIGSOUND team was a catalyst for a lot of opportunities and it was fun as hell."

Helena Papageorgiou: 2017 Visual Artist

#Apply for 2018

BIGSOUND Festival seeks 15 leading emerging artists from South East Queensland to join the Festival Design team and contribute to a precinct wide activation plan.

You don't need any prior experience working in the festival context to join the team. Janne and industry guest speakers will facilitate a series of 3 workshops to bring you up to speed on best-practice in festival production design, site-specific design, and materials and construction. The workshop phase will be used to develop your ideas, come up with new ones in collaboration with the other participants, and identify which works are feasible to move through to construction.

In addition there will opportunities to participate in a projection mapping masterclass, a weaving workshop and a large scale group project. 

This is a rare opportunity to learn from the best, and get your work in front of music festival directors from around the world.

Applications close May 20