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Double Take – projections and pop up installations in the heart of Surry Hills

double take projections curated by esem projects for surry hills festival

The 2017 Surry Hills Festival will embrace a unique arts attraction along Devonshire Street and surrounds. DOUBLE TAKE will revisit the street as a canvas for pop-up art and site-specific projections, launching during the Surry Hills Festival on Saturday 23 September and running for three weeks until Sunday 15 October 2017.

We invite submissions from artists, video makers and performers for installations to feature as part of DOUBLE TAKE.

Turn the everyday into something curious, revisit the past in a new light, or reveal the playful
side of city life.

Available sites include shop fronts and businesses, laneways, streetscapes or building facades for projections, visual or performance art installations. Up to 20 spaces may be available, with up to 12 sites for projection artworks.

Project curators, Esem Projects and the Festival team will work with selected artists to overlay Devonshire Street and surrounds with a curated trail, transforming the heart of Surry Hills into a network of spontaneous art and discovery.

DOUBLE TAKE will be complemented by guided tours hosted by Culture Scouts. Selected artists will be invited to participate in the tours, to discuss their work and ideas with tour audiences.


To apply, artists/creative teams must submit:

  • A brief artwork description, methodology, any technical or construction requirements;
    A visual representation of the concept; and
    Up to two examples of previous artworks or installations.

Interested artists can attend a site walkthrough at 4pm on Wednesday 17 May 2017. To register to attend, email

Applications Close 9 June 2017 

Click Here to Apply


Surry Hills Festival is a non-profit community event with funds raised going to programs run by SHNC. We thank you for your support.

In some instances, we may provide limited financial assistance to cover artist costs and materials. If selected for inclusion in the festival you will receive in kind and production support including provision of space, use of equipment and technical assistance.

As part of your online submission, you may outline project costs and SHNC will consider allocation of an honorary fee in appreciation of your support of the Surry Hills Festival and associated community programs.