The Bright Night Project envisions an exhibition comprised of works by 20 of South Africa’s most talented photographers and illustrators. However, it’s no run of the mill group show – the opening “blackout event” offers a unique experience at the Museum of African Design (MOAD) in Maboneng, where guests will explore and light up the works with a handheld, solar-powered LED lamp called Little Sun. This launch event on 15 October, 2015 is reserved for the project’s backers on Indiegogo, the platform that team Bright Night are using to raise funds to make it all possible.
Husband and wife duo Ross and Leigh-Anne Drakes are behind the enthralling project who, on their campaign page, write that “It has been a long-time dream to create a platform at this level in Johannesburg to showcase the personal works of these photographers and illustrators. This dream was inspired and jolted back to life by our introduction to Little Sun and the creative projects they have been involved with around the world. This got the thoughts flowing, the cogs turning, and so began the creation of a unique art experience in our city with the Little Sun at its heart. The Bright Night Project was born.”
The curated group of artists will each create original works for the show inspired, fittingly, by the theme of “light”. A few of the participating artists are yet to be announced but so far the line-up is stellar, consisting of: Hanro Havenga, Slim, Rikus Ferreira, Jean de Wet, Maaike Bakker, Koos Groenewald, Mzwandile Buthelezi, Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Elford/De La Foret, Kritsin-Lee Moolman, Jono Garrett, Louis Minnaar, Sindiso Nyoni, Jana Hamman, Ross Garrett, Warren van Rensburg, Bruce Mackay and Chris Saunders.
MOAD was Ross and Leigh-Anne’s first choice to host the project. “Not only is it a great urban space,” they say, “but they are also one of South Africa’s few institutions that are looking at African design and how we fit into a global conversation.” All of the work from the exhibition will enter into the permanent collection of MOAD, inserting the event and its partnership with Little Sun into Johannesburg’s design history.
To find out more about the project and to purchase tickets for the opening event, visit the Indiegogo campaign – there are some fantastic perks on offer.
Little Sun Garden at Roppongi Art Night, Tokyo.