Illuminate Eltham

Illuminate Eltham

Explore Eltham Town Centre as we light up the night with light based installations from local artists. Commencing on Friday 12 August for six weeks there will be an ongoing program of free activities.

Eltham Lantern Trail

In collaboration with arts collective the Indirect Object, Artbox invited artists to submit invited new or existing artwork and designs for the Eltham Lantern Trail.
Nillumbik has a rich heritage, with its Wurundjeri-willam history, prolific creative community, and its enduring status as a fertile green wedge displaying an abundance of flora and fauna. These lanterns emanate from the artists' personal connection to this heritage, and their cultural reflection on the local environment. Tapping into both ancient art forms and old-world production methods, the artist designs are adapted into unique shadow lanterns.
Featured artists have varied practices working with textiles, glass, painting, illustration, woodcutting, metalwork and multidisciplinary forms. Tapping into ancient art forms and old-world production methods, their designs are adapted into unique Shadow Lanterns.
Follow the lantern trail across Eltham Town Square Discover handmade lanterns designed by local artists.
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Fun activities at the Eltham Town Square Rotunda

Join us in at the rotunda for:
Opening Night Friday 12 August from 5pm
Discover handmade Shadow Lanterns scattered throughout the Town Square. Local artists' original designs are translated into intricate lighting installations by award-winning artists the indirect Object.
Lantern-Making Workshops Saturdays 13 & 20 August from 11- 2pm.
Head to the rotunda and join pop-up workshops where people of all ages and skill levels can participate. Learn how simple it is to design lanterns, and collaborate on creative light installations! All materials will be supplied, upcycled where possible.
‘Spring Moon’ Celebration Friday 9 September from 5pm.
On the cusp of the Spring Moon and the trees alive with colour and light, the community-created lantern installations will be revealed. Listen to the eerie soundtrack of local composer Aiv Puglielli while creating your own lantern to light your way home as the new moon wanes.


Eltham Lantern Trail is presented by Nillumbik Shire Council in partnership with Artbox.
Illuminate Eltham is partly funded by the State Government of Victoria’s ‘COVIDSafe Outdoor Activation Fund’.
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Lanterns designed by local artists in partnership with the indirect object In-kind support provided by Streamline Publishing and Eltham Bookshop