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Spark After Dark festival takes Ipswich to artistic heights
Ipswich in Queensland is the second oldest local government in the state with the town beginning as a limestone mining settlement in 1827. Initially, the settlement was named "The Limestone Hills" and later shortened to Limestone. In 1843 Limestone was renamed after the town of Ipswich in England. The City is approximately forty kilometres west of Brisbane and is renowned for its parks and historical buildings, many of which are heritage listed.

Ipswich, Queensland, Near Brisbane, Festivals, Community, Art, Parks, Nightlife, Family Attractions, Food Trucks
Photo courtesy of Spark Ipswich 2022


From 7th to 17th July 2022, Ipswich will be lighting up the CBD for Spark After Dark Ipswich, with towering and spectacular light-based art installations. Mayor Teresa Harding is excited about the events that will transform two of the City's iconic buildings into multistorey artworks.

The face and towering spires of St Mary's Church is to be reimagined to become the heritage-listed sandstone canvas for 'deLight" projections profiling unique works by local and Indigenous artists.

Ipswich, Queensland, Near Brisbane, Festivals, Community, Art, Parks, Nightlife, Family Attractions, Food Trucks
Photo courtesy of SPARK IPSWICH 2022


The Council's administration building in Tulmur Place is to be transformed into an immersive algorithmic artwork "pixel" exploring the connection between humans and machines. This artwork has been created by the Design and Interactive Technologies team from the University of Southern Queensland.

In the Timothy Molony Park there will be a new hub, which will combine the best views of deLight and pixel with an outdoor stage shining a light on local artists as well as having delicious food trucks for hungry mouths.

Councillor Andrew Fechner, who is also the Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chairperson said Spark After Dark will be an alluring, unique visual showcase and a creative celebration of Ipswich celebrating the diverse communities that make Ipswich so special. The Ipswich Art Gallery will also be showcasing special exhibitions coinciding with Spark After Dark.

Ipswich, Queensland, Near Brisbane, Festivals, Community, Art, Parks, Nightlife, Family Attractions, Food Trucks
Photo courtesy of SPARK IPSWICH 2022


Internationally acclaimed Ipswich artists Kylie Hill was overwhelmed to see her art being featured for a second year in deLight. Kylie said it is such an amazing sight to see her artwork being transformed in projection on a large scale. She felt humbled and proud to be part of deLight where she could embrace her Indigenous culture, heritage and storylines while also paying tribute to local legends. Other local artists are Jacob Sarra, Jarryd Lawton, Jennifer Kent, Rebecca Lewis, Lee FullARTon, Colin Mac, Kenneth Gavin Lewis, Glen Smith and Jessica Andersen.

Spark Ipswich 2022 is not to be missed and will deliver a total of fifteen events over the eleven days duration. A full programme and ticketing information is available on the website. For more information, please call 3810 6666 or email events@ipswich.qld.gov.au

An event such as this cannot be accomplished without the support of event partners and a huge thanks is given to Ipswich City Council, Ripley Town Centre, Orion Springfield Central, Stockland Providence and The Queensland Government, Brick Lane Brewing, Brisbane Multicultural Arts Centre (BEMAC), Quest Springfield Central and media partners Bishopp, 4ZZZ and QMusic.
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Why? Creative Art Exhibitions deLight & Pixel
When: 7-15 July 2022
Phone: 3810 6666
Where: Ipswich Queensland
Cost: Free & Ticketed Events
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So much beautiful architecture provide the perfect backdrop to the lights Susan
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|5139) 45 days ago
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