Painting with Light

Painting with Light is a new project by the Sidney Nolan Trust. Funded through Herefordshire’s a Great Place, the project which focuses on young people will explore Sidney Nolan’s Polaroid photographs and his early use of digital imagery and editing. The group will work with Urban Projections, a leading digital arts company led by artist Rebecca Smith. Together they will imagine and create a new artwork that will be projected onto the exterior of Rodd Court, a Grade II listed building and former home of Sir Sidney Nolan in Spring 2020.


Hidden Gems is a three-year grant scheme, delivered by Herefordshire's a Great Place, that brings together the arts, heritage, rural communities and the creative use of digital technology.

Between 2018 and 2020, Hidden Gems will invest £108,000 in creativity and communities across Herefordshire. The grant scheme is co-funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

At its core, the grant scheme supports creative projects that use the arts and digital technology to raise the profile of 'hidden' heritage.

Shadow Artist opportunity

In order to increase the impact and opportunity offered by the project, we are offering one young artist (18-25) to work alongside Urban Projections and the Sidney Nolan Trust for a minimum of 5 days. You will have the opportunity to attend a further 2.5 days training at Rural Media in Hereford. The applicant will undertake Silver Arts Award, which will provide a framework and accreditation for the project.

The project has been designed to create a starting point for arts and heritage organisations to increase their access and relevance for young people, as well as provide an excellent professional development opportunity for the individual.  This is in keeping with the overall objectives of the Herefordshire’s a Great Place scheme, and will:

  • Provide a professional, work-based placement for young artists
  • Support Arts & Heritage organisations in developing new opportunities and relationships for and with young people
  • Enable Arts & Heritage Organisations to develop a strong relationship with a young person who can potentially lead future activity and/ or become a young ambassador or trustee.
  • Increase access to and benefits of Hidden Gems funding
  • Improve access to Arts Award across the county
  • Ensure sustainability for organisations in creating a participatory offer beyond the life of the programme


We hope that this will be the beginning of a partnership between the selected young artists and the host organisations. We are particularly keen to receive applications from young people based in Herefordshire and the Marches.

For more information and how to apply please download the information here