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Melbourne Polytechnic appointed Education Partner for White Night Melbourne

18 Jan 2018

In keeping with our long tradition of world-class creative arts and engineering training, Melbourne Polytechnic is proud to be appointed the first Education Partner for the iconic White Night Melbourne event for 2018.

Inspired by the international Nuit Blanche movement that originated in Paris, White Night is now an event hosted in dozens of cities worldwide.

For 12 hours from 7pm on Saturday 17 February 2018, White Night Melbourne takes over city streets, parklands, laneways, public spaces and cultural institutions of Melbourne’s CBD, from the National Gallery of Victoria on St Kilda Road right through to the Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens.

White Night Melbourne is in its sixth year and is one of the ‘must do’ creative events for Victorians and visitors, made more accessible by its predominantly free events. Visitors are able to roam the CBD and surrounds, enjoying the wide range of experiences including exhibitions, street performances, illuminations, installations, film screenings, music, dance and interactive events.

As Education Partner, Melbourne Polytechnic will be sponsoring Patrick Shearn’s 2018 Liquid Sky installation, which is coming to Australia for the first time.

“Industry partnerships like this are a great way for our students to see in practice how the arts and engineering skills they learn here have infinite use and meaning outside the classroom,” says Natalie Robinson, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “There’s a real opportunity for the students to bring that learning back into the classroom and understand the wide variety of opportunities they have, whether these opportunities are offered to them, or created by them.”

“These experiences really illustrate enterprise skills like creativity, innovation, problem solving, collaboration, that are essential in the new world of work that students will be graduating into.”

Liquid Sky is an installation that creates a dazzling sensory experience, yet underpinning the creativity is intricate engineering and modelling to ensure the desired effect is achieved.

Ms Robinson said that Melbourne Polytechnic is excited to be involved with such an iconic community cultural event as White Night, which epitomises the democratic nature of art while also challenging visitors’ preconceptions about art and its relationship to other disciplines, such as engineering and technology.

Liquid Sky

Specifically designed for Federation Square, where it will be appearing for the first time in Australia, Liquid Sky is a 14,000 square foot (150 metre) holographic Skynet suspended to harness the wind and dance dramatically, as if hanging in midair.

At one moment, the kinetic sculpture undulates upward echoing the sky and ambient elements above. Then it lunges downward, pausing overhead to offer visitors a mesmerising and reflective experience under an intimate, silver ceiling.

Inspired by the graceful murmuration of birds flocking together, or schools of fish coalescing and moving simultaneously, Patrick Shearn’s signature Skynets are a constant reminder of nature moving around us.

You can view some of Patrick Shearn’s incredible work here:

Visit the White Night Melbourne website to see the full program and to plan your White Night:

Visit Melbourne Polytechnic’s website to find out more about our courses ( or call and have a chat with our friendly Education and Course Advisers on 03 9269 8400.

Photo credit: SDP Media


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Media Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251, mobile 0466 453 467, or ua.ud1556208280e.cin1556208280hcety1556208280lopen1556208280ruobl1556208280em@ai1556208280dem1556208280

Melbourne Polytechnic operates across seven campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.