Expression of interest

White Night Melbourne 2018 is seeking Expressions of Interest from Artists who want to make a contribution.

Creative Theme

When developing and submitting your idea, you are invited to consider the Creative Theme for 2018:

What if? What if we all treated each other with kindness, respect and equality? What if there was no prejudice, bigotry or discrimination? What if we performed an act of love, goodwill or generosity at least once every day? What if every single one of us mattered equally to every single one of us? What if?
For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.
Vincent Van Gogh

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.


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


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.


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.


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 and exhausting, it should ignite the senses and lift the spirit.


ASSESSMENT PERIOD September & October 2017
ARTISTS NOTIFIED BY Friday 3 November 2017

Please note that Expressions of Interest for White Night Ballarat open Monday 11 September. Other categories will be advertised on the website at later dates to be announced.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q . How do I work out the budget?
A. The budget may be only indicative at this stage – but based on the size and scale of your work items to include can be: artist fees, what costs you expect to create/build the work, any known technical costs to create, perform and install the work.

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

Q . Do you pay artists to be involved?
A. Yes. White Night pays artists for their involvement and where applicable you should nominate your fee in the submission.

Q . I’ve submitted before but have not been successful. Can I resubmit the same idea?
A. Yes, you can resubmit ideas from previous years.

Q . I have an idea for the venue or location - can I include with my submission?
A. Yes – White Night will consider suggested locations, but we reserve the right to determine the most suitable venue.

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

Q . I am a lighting and audio supplier – do I submit an EOI to be involved?
A. If you have an idea for a work you should submit. If you would like to be considered as a supplier and not an artist, then you should contact White Night via the email enquiry address:

For further enquiries regarding the Expressions of interest, email or call the White Night Office on (03) 8582 3700.

Select your area of interest

Select your area of interest that best identifies with your EOI:

Please note that Expressions of Interest for White Night Ballarat open Monday 11 September. Other categories will be advertised on the website at later dates to be announced.

For all other enquiries, email or call the White Night Office on (03) 8582 3700.