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Enlighten

Dylan Mooney: Drawn Together

Daily from Friday 1 March until Monday 11 March 2024
8:00 – 11:00pm AEDT
Wattle, 2021 Dylan Mooney
Wattle, 2021 Dylan Mooney. © the artist and N.Smith Gallery

Bookings not required - free

The National Portrait Gallery is excited to be partnering with Yuwi, Torres Strait and South Sea Islander artist Dylan Mooney for the 2024 Enlighten Festival. This year’s display sees Mooney transform the façade of the National Portrait Gallery building into a giant digital canvas via a livestreamed drawing performance. Against an evolving animated backdrop, Mooney will undertake a nightly drawing session which will appear in real-time on the building as an open invitation for audiences to observe his creative process.

Born in Mackay, North Queensland, Mooney works across painting, printmaking, drawing and digital illustration. Vibrant and celebratory, Mooney’s digital illustrations portray queer relationships and First Nations people with pride. Over the course of the festival, Mooney will create a cast of characters who each represent and personify a native plant. Return on different nights to see them all come to life!

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