Ballarat’s Pitcha Makin Fellas To Light Up Portugal

They’ve exhibited across the country, transformed the Royal Exhibition Building for White Night Melbourne and designed an AFL guernsey. Now Ballarat art collective Pitcha Makin Fellas are set to make their international debut at Portugal’s LUMINA Light Festival.

Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard visited the Fellas today to announce a $15,000 grant to support representatives of the group to travel to Portugal to take part in this major festival in the coastal town of Cascais.

The group will premiere a new version of their 2016 White Night Melbourne artwork, Six Seasons in One Night, a giant projection work that tells the story of the six Indigenous seasons. The Pitcha Makin Fellas created the work for White Night in collaboration with Portuguese projection artists OCUBO.

As well as the projection, the group will also stage an exhibition of their works at a local gallery, including some of the works that went on to be animated for White Night.

The Fellas’ will also be doing workshops open to the public where they will produce a series of new paintings during the festival.

It is anticipated that more than 30,000 people will see the exhibition and more than 500,000 will experience the projection across the three days of the festival.

Since forming just three years ago, the six-man group have quickly gained a profile through exhibitions, commissions and awards as well as leading community and school-based projects and workshops. The group’s work has been acquired by both the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the National Gallery of Victoria.

In addition to displaying artworks on the streets and in galleries, the LUMINA Festival includes an artist conference, talks and forums which will give the Fellas the opportunity to build international networks and introduce their work to Festival Directors from across Europe.

The LUMINA Light Festival runs from 9-11 September.

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“In just three years the Pitcha Makin Fellas have made a huge impact on the Victorian arts scene with incredible works that tell the Fellas own stories and those of their ancestors.”

“We’re proud to support this opportunity which will provide an international platform for the Pitcha Makin Fellas while shining a light on Victorian creativity.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“The LUMINA festival will provide the group with major international exposure and could prove to be a watershed moment for contemporary Victorian Indigenous art.”

“I’m looking forward to hearing about how they will wow the crowds in Portugal. I know they’ll do us all proud.”