Students head to inaugural Vivid School

High school students from across Sydney will head to Vivid School, the first vocational education program of its kind taking place as part of Vivid Sydney.

Taking place over four days this week at International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), STEM students and budding artists in years 9-12 will meet the professionals behind Vivid Sydney’s light installations and to learn more about the creative processes involved in light art production.

Students will also have the rare opportunity to map their future career pathways in the creative industries by networking with experts working in projection, event production, technology and design, including ICC Sydney’s audio-visual team.

“We are delighted to be the official venue partner for the first ever Vivid School and provide a platform for young talent to be inspired, motivated and meet some of Sydney’s best creatives while witnessing ICC Sydney in action,” said ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy.

“This builds on our broader commitment to engaging local students and fostering the next generation of talent, in line with our community-focused Legacy Program which creates opportunities for them to attend, participate in and network at world leading events as they forge their career pathways.”

Destination NSW CEO and Vivid Sydney executive producer Sandra Chipchase said ICC Sydney was the ideal location to stage the event.

“ICC Sydney is an incredibly dynamic venue which hosts some of the biggest events in the world, so it is very fitting that it is the host of Vivid School,” she said. “Students will gain unprecedented exposure to the diverse and exciting world of events and creative projection to ultimately support the growth of the creative industries.”

ICC Sydney will also be home to a light installation – Dream States – that will be projected on to the venue’s exhibition centre as a part of the festival for the first time.

The artists behind the installation, which aims to promote social change and challenge existing barriers to access, include Tommy Duong, Peter Pang, Melissa Morrison, Michelle Rolls and Michael Tran in collaboration with UNSW Sydney Art and Design lecturer, Karen Kriss.