WHEN: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights 6.30pm (please arrive by 6.30pm)  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

WHERE: Black Opal Heritage Shed, 3 Mile Opal Field, Lightning Ridge

TICKETS: available in Lightning Ridge from the Australian Opal Centre or Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Centre; or call 0474 026 073  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

COST: Adult $15, Child $7.50, Family $50  •  Season Ticket GREAT VALUE Adult $25, Child $12.50, Family $85 • Come again as often as you like! 

WEAR: Something WARM (blanket optional) – you’ll be sitting under the stars

BRING: A torch and your ticket and something warm to wear

AVAILABLE: Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and great SPARK souvenirs available for purchase

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING: Ask for directions when you purchase your tickets; please follow parking instructions on site

WEATHER: SPARK is a dry weather outdoor event; in the event of rain, please call 0474 026 073 for instructions


There’s an exciting new arts project happening in Lightning Ridge during 2016, and it’s called SPARK.

SPARK will be a brilliant audiovisual installation, created in Lightning Ridge and  presented under the stars at the Three Mile opal field, Lightning Ridge, from mid July to mid September 2016. Audiences will be spellbound by SPARK’s multimedia celebration of the natural, cultural and technological heritage of Lightning Ridge’s opal fields, their opal and people.

SPARK is a production of the Australian Opal Centre, with Arts & Cultural Project funding support from Arts NSW.

Two outstanding visiting artists, Vic McEwan and Martin Fox, will work with local school students and other artists to create SPARK.

SPARK will be enjoyed by large numbers of residents and visitors during a two-month season in Lightning Ridge, before travelling to Dubbo in October for ArtLands, Australia’s national regional arts conference and festival.


Master classes

Learn from visiting artists with incredible skills and knowledge, during free master-classes in May and June 2016.

Field Sound Recording, Sound Design and Projection Mapping will be offered by Vic McEwan, a professional sound engineer, musician and sound designer.

Master classes in Cinematography and Video Editing will be run by Martin Fox, who has over 30 years’ experience in film and television.

The master classes are free, but spaces are limited. To register or for more information, please email Clytie Smith sclytie@hotmail.com or call Clytie on 0476 714 037.

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During two free workshops, learn how to make a mechanical flipbook that tells a visual story about opal mining. The flipbooks will be exhibited during SPARK and may be used in the audiovisual presentation. Participants can create a flipbook out of photos, drawings, or a combination of both. This is an exciting opportunity to express and develop your creativity and hone your technical skills. Only 10 places available. To register or find out more, contact Clytie Smith at sclytie@hotmail.com or 0476 714 037.

Artist talks

In June 2016, during the development period for SPARK, artists Vic McEwan and Martin Fox talk will give talks at Lightning Ridge about their artistic practices and careers. For your invitation to this free event, email programs@australianopalcentre.com and ask to join the free SPARK mailing list, to receive all SPARK notifications. This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet Vic and Martin, and to gain insights from these talented and successful artists. 

School workshops

As part of SPARK, artist Vic McEwan will run workshops with music and art students at Lightning Ridge Central School. Vic will work with talented year 8 Art students to create beautiful work for incorporation into SPARK. Year 7 Music students will teach Vic about opal mining as he teaches them how to record the sounds of mining machinery. These unique Lighting Ridge sounds will become the soundtrack for SPARK.

Design A Dinosaur Competition

The Australian Opal Centre is running a Design A Dinosaur Competition at schools across Walgett Shire and Hebel. Finalists’ works will be exhibited for everyone to admire and may be used in SPARK. The competition offers cash prizes and gives all students an opportunity to get involved.

Do you have ideas or artwork to offer?

If you have ideas, artwork or anything else to offer for SPARK, please contact Clytie Smith, SPARK Project Manager, at sclytie@hotmail.com. We are eager to involve people in any way possible!

Join the SPARK mailing list 

Don’t miss out on ticket releases, pre-opening events and other SPARK announcements! Join the free mailing list for SPARK announcements by contacting David Valenti at programs@australianopalcentre.com or on 02 6829 1667. 


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SPARK is a creative initiative of the Australian Opal Centre, supported by these fine sponsors: