Unique light show and art exhibition by artist Victor Dream Holder
By now, you’ve no doubt noticed the large ship docked in our Newcastle Harbour. Whether you’ve been on board yourself for a tour, have seen the ship for yourself from across the water, or have seen the former Sea Shepherd flagship gracing the local media.
But have you heard about the current exhibition happening on board?
Owner of the former flagship vessel, Kerrie Goodall, has partnered with Venezuelan Multi-Disciplinary artist, Victor Dreams Holder, to bring to Newcastle a unique and inspirational exhibition and light show; Seaing Is Believing.
Thanks to the support of Out of the Square, and City of Newcastle, the immersive experience is running on board across Friday, Saturday, and Sunday afternoons and evenings until the 30th of October.
To get an idea of what you can expect, we jumped aboard and experienced Seaing Is Believing for ourselves before sitting down with Victor Dreams Holder to hear all about his work.
The renowned multi-disciplined artist has creativity in his veins, being exposed to and encouraged to engage with his natural environment from his early years.
From once obsessing over the dream of working for the Discovery Channel, sneaking his way into a creative convention, and sleeping in the park at his university campus grounds; to say Victor is a character might just be the understatement of the year.
“My mother said I was an artist even when I was in the womb. She would say she could feel me drawing inside her belly and that I came out with a pen in my hand. I was known for drawing all over our family walls. I am so grateful for life and my family. They have all been so supportive of me and my creativity,” Victor said.
With a strong connection to his environment, Victor focuses his work on inspiring environmental and social awareness through a practice that is grounded in ways that benefit the community.
“I knew that whatever I did with my life needed to come from my heart. I had this clarity that any of my actions or interactions with people had to be contributing and giving back to life.”
With a master’s in public art from RMIT, Victor has an extensive career and experience in producing interactive installations, public art, motion graphic animations, VR, outdoor mapping projections, sculptures, and large painted works.
Taking inspiration from the ship’s history of campaigns as the Sea Shepherd’s former flagship vessel, the large format projection show and art exhibition within and on the ship showcases a truly magical and informative story he named LIFE UPHOLDER.
“It’s all come together; it was supposed to happen. The whole process of this exhibition has been a surprise. It’s been such a big project, and we’ve been guided along the way.”
The Seaing Is Believing exhibition and light show on board the Ship4Good MV Steve Irwin has been in production for the past 2.5 months, with the first visitors welcomed aboard on the 30th of September.
“It’s a tour around the whole historical vessel. Kerrie will take people around to see the whole ship whilst also sharing some of its stories. Then, if I am here, you can expect to meet me and I will spend some time telling you about myself and the art.
“Then for the night shows, you can see the film. People can expect to see a light show with a story with abstract art. I am hoping for people to leave with new knowledge of our environment, with a smile on their face and feeling good.”
Book your tickets to experience Seaing Is Believing at Ship4Good’S MV Steve Irwin and experience this truly unique and inspirational story whilst exploring the story of the former Sea Shepherd’s flagship vessel.