Vivid Sydney At Barangaroo - Artists


ERTH is a company fueled by beautiful accidents; a team of creators, makers and performers pushing the limits of design, content and experience. For over twenty-five years ERTH’s puppetry-based theatrical productions and innovative community projects have challenged and inspired audiences around the world, driven by a special interest in natural history, indigenous folklore, sociology and urban mythology. Today the company is recognised internationally as an innovator of physical and visual theatre, and a creator of brave, unbridled work for children. In addition to touring the world with their long-running stage shows Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo and Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium, the company’s ongoing push to explore boundaries and devise new work has seen the recent premiere of The Liminal Hour at Barangaroo for Vivid Sydney 2018 in collaboration with Mandylights and Jacob Nash, a move into the realm of virtual reality, and the development of ARC – an expansive, collaborative, multi-year, cross-platform work exploring preciousness and conservation.


Jacob Nash is a Murri man who grew up in Brisbane. He graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) Design Course in 2005. In 2010, he designed the set for of earth & sky for Bangarra and received a Green Room Award for Best Design in Dance. He was appointed Artist-in-Residence at Bangarra the following year and is now Head of Design. Jacob received a Green Room Award nomination for his unique set design for Bangarra’s season of Belong (2011) and has designed sets for each of Bangarra’s annual productions since. In 2018 he was also awarded a Helpmann Award for 'Best Scenic Design' for his powerful and evocative set in Bennelong. Some of his work includes ALWAYS, for the Sydney Festival which was situated on the Barangaroo Headland, and as site designer for The Liminal Hour for Vivid Sydney 2018, in collaboration with Erth Visual & Physical Inc and Mandylights Australia. Jacob was the specialist production designer and creature designer on Cleverman,/i> season one and production designer and creature designer for season two. He was the production designer for Stephen Page’s 2015 film SPEAR; has been the Design Director for Bangarra’s past five Vivid Sydney video installations; and creates the beautiful illustrations that adorn Bangarra merchandise.


Mandylights started in Australia in 2006 as a lighting design and production company and has since expanded globally with offices in Australia and the United Kingdom. The company works across concert, special event, architectural, corporate and light art markets and has delivered projects in over sixty countries around the world with a team of a dozen designers, technicians and production professionals.

About Richard Neville

Richard is an award-winning lighting designer with work spanning theatre, concert, broadcast, light art and corporate markets around the world. His designs can be seen on world tours for Ricky Martin, Pnau, Good Charlotte, Taio Cruz and The Backstreet Boys, for the Parrtjima festival in Alice Springs and as part of the permanent Vector Lights installation on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Richard is the managing director of Mandylights, Australia’s largest lighting design company with offices in the UK and Sydney. Since 2006, Richard and his team have delivered design work in over sixty countries around the world.