Critical Light

Critical Light

Are you a highly engaged contemporary practitioner wanting to expand your critical appreciation of contemporary arts practices?

Apply to participate in Critical Light here.

Up to eight Sunshine Coast artists will journey Horizon Festival over the first weekend with curator, writer and researcher and Critical Light Provocateur Madeleine King, to shine a critical light on the program through interpretation, contextualisation, and rigorous discussion.

Critical Light is an intense three days of seeing shows and hearing artist talks featured in the Horizon Festival. With artist peers and Provocateur Madeleine King, the program offers the opportunity to engage in rigorous conversations about the works and how they engage audiences.

To be eligible for the program you will need to be available to participate in the whole program that will take place across the Sunshine Coast.

The days and times you will need to be available are as follows:

Friday 25 August

  • 4pm: Meet and Greet in Wonderland Spiegeltent Garden
  • 5pm: Opening Ceremony
  • 6pm: NOISE by Dancenorth
  • 6.30pm: Kabi Kabi Connections
  • 8pm: Briefs Dirty Laundry

Saturday 26th August

  • 9am: Meet at Wonderland Spiegeltent Garden for Bus departure at 9.20am
  • 10am: Artist Talk: Homegrown: Where to From Here
  • 12pm: Artist Talk: You Are Neither Here Nor There: Sam Cranstoun
  • 2pm: Opening event: Njumga Djum Yo:ran Ba Djuwan (Though the smoke they come home)
  • 3pm: Homegrown: The Blak Laundry
  • 6.30pm: From Rations to Wages to Treaty: Joe Geia, Coolum Civic Centre
  • 9.00pm: Return on Bus to Cotton Tree

Sun 27 Aug

  • 8am–12pm: Field Trip: Tallo-Billa (note this is a boat trip)
  • 12.30–3pm: Wrap up discussion (Mooloolaba)

If you’re application is successful, you will be provided with complementary tickets to the programmed shows and bus transport for the Saturday program.

To apply to be selected to participate in Critical Light complete your application by 21 July 2023.

About Madeleine King

Madeleine King is a curator, writer, and researcher. Recent professional roles include sessional academic at Griffith University and Deputy Director of the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane. She has curated exhibitions with Australian artists including Agatha Gothe-Snape and Wrong Solo, Ryan Presley, and Ross Manning. Madeleine holds a Master of Arts (Research) and is currently a PhD candidate looking at models for the care and management of Aboriginal rock art in central Queensland. Her current work draws on permaculture principles and education approaches. The focus of her previous published writing is contemporary art and design history including as editor of Ryan Presley: Prosperity (2018) and Ross Manning: Dissonant Rhythms (2017), co-editor of Imaginary Accord (2016), and as co-author of Remotely Fashionable: A Story of Subtropical Style (2015). The latter book was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards, and was an outcome of a research fellowship at the John Oxley Library, Brisbane.


This event is presented as part of Horizon Festival 2023, the Sunshine Coast’s leading multi-arts festival. Get lost in 10 days of must-see art, music, culture events and more, from the coast to the hinterland.