by Media Xpose

Spier is proud to announce the fifth edition of Spier Light Art, which will be exhibited throughout the historical wine farm from 11 March to 10 April 2023. Artists and designers of all kinds (including professionals, students and institutions) are invited to submit expressions of interest for projects and video-based artworks that engage all age groups. 

The call for submissions is open to performance and visual artists working with light, sound and video, as well as sculptors, installation artists, painters, photographers, choreographers, theatre designers, industrial designers, urban planners and architects.

The success of previous editions of Spier Light Art highlights the event’s significance in the cultural landscape of the Western Cape and shows the potential of this unique art form to encourage viewers to reflect on contemporary South Africa. 

The curatorial team would like to invite expressions of interest for Spier Light Art 2023. The selection will be curated around five themes: the ethereal and the whimsical; the conceptual; technology; resilience, enchantment and exuberance; and the working wine farm.

Interested artists and designers can view the submission requirements and process on www.spier.co.za/blog.

The Spier Arts Trust will completely or partially fund installations chosen by the Selection Committee, headed by co-curator Jay Pather.

Online briefing and submission process 

The curatorial team will hold an online briefing on Thursday, 21 July 2022, at 17:30. Please RSVP to lightart@spier.co.za before 18 July 2022.

Email your expression of interest to the Project Manager at lightart@spier.co.za before 22 August 2022. A more thorough proposal may be requested after the shortlist is announced.

Spier Light Art 2022
The fourth edition of the exhibition took place in March and April 2022 and showcased an array of light, sound and video artworks throughout the farm. Over 11 000 people viewed the 22 artworks, ranging from interactive installations to pieces that invited the visitor to pause and reflect. Previously showcased artworks will offer ideas for the kinds of works the Selection Committee is interested in featuring. Refer to last year’s programme for inspiration: https://www.spier.co.za/lightart 

The community and national media praised the Spier Light Art exhibition for its safe and beautiful environment, child-friendliness and for providing a profound and poignant opportunity to play, interact and reflect. 

Night Crumple Hedwig Barry
Night Light Lady Skollie James Delaney
Petrified Blaukind and the renderheads

About Spier

Situated in the heart of the Stellenbosch winelands, Spier is one of South Africa’s oldest wine farms with a recorded winemaking history dating back to 1692. Spier hosts the Light Art exhibition as one of their Growing for Good initiatives, which empower communities to create positive social and environmental change.

A long-standing supporter of the arts, Spier understands that creative works entertain, inform and educate. They often hold up a mirror to society, offering us a chance to reflect. This is why Spier contributes to several annual public arts initiatives and exhibits a significant contemporary art collection on the farm.    


*As voted by Platters by Diners Club Wine Guide: Editor’s Award – Winery of the Year

By choosing Spier, you are supporting Spier’s Growing for Good learning initiatives that empower communities to create positive social and environmental change.

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