Every year KISS undertakes a new community art project. Affectionately known as AIR KISS (Artists In Residence program). Our special 2022 project is called The People’s Lighthouse. We, the KISS audience will work together to build and decorate a replica cardboard lighthouse. Mirroring Kiama’s actual Lighthouse in design. The aim is to reach 10 metres in height. It will only work if everyone stops by on the weekend and lends a hand. It requires teamwork.


The Lighthouse is a symbol of hope, a guiding light. For us at KISS, the light is bringing people together again to have shared joy and laughter. We want to know what your guiding light is, what has been your beacons of hope throughout the last 2 years. Come and have your say.


To get to the Lighthouse, you will pass through a glorious maze full of wondrous characters and experiences that will challenge you as you search for the Lighthouse and the future it brings. Help us get it to 10 metres by being part of the FUN at the Lighthouse Project KISS 2022.

The people's Lighthouse
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Step 1 :

Come to the flats and help build and decorate the lighthouse

Step 2 :

Head to Air Kiss and build a lantern

Step 3 :

Join us on Sunday for the light display, parade and a special suprise

Community art
youth workshops

For Ages 12-18 and up

The Kiss Arts Festival is back! This April, festival artists-in-residence Penny Sadubin & Tim Rushby-Smith are keen to work with young people in a co-creation and co-facilitation opportunity. This year we will be creating an interactive cardboard maze and the giant cardboard People’s Lighthouse. We need you!

FREE School Holiday creative workshops- April 12th, 13th, 14th, 19th, 20th.


For Ages 15 and up

The workshops and Festival experience will best suit motivated young people keen to learn and experience different aspects of community arts at a vibrant, established Arts Festival. Due to the busy nature of the Festival, the Festival volunteers must be aged 15+, and be able to work independently, with some adult supervision.

All youth volunteers will receive a certificate of involvement for your CV. References can be supplied for anyone who shows dedication and commitment to this Community Arts & Festival experience.

April 22nd- Help Setting Up

April 23rd and 24th- 3hr Shifts At The Festival

What's all This?

Penny Sadubin and Tim Rushby-Smith have been artists-in residence and creative collaborators in the AIR Kiss tent at the KISS Arts Festival since 2017 when Penny brought the colourful UNITY Kiama project to life. Since then they have designed and facilitated creative interaction with the KISS Arts community through the KISStopia cardboard city in 2018, 1000 paper cranes and the Field of Dreams pinwheels in 2019, the ComPASHion online Gallery for the Virtual KISS version of 2020. We are excited to be back in 2022 and can't wait to construct AMAZE! an interactive, fun and fabulous cardboard maze that will lead the audience to the People's Lighthouse zone. Here we will collectively build, raise and decorate a giant cardboard replica of our own Kiama Lighthouse and share our messages of resilience and hope for the future, celebrating being back together, being creative and having a ball at the KISS Arts Festival.

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Meet the artists

Penny Sadubin and Tim Rushby-Smith are local artists, educators and facilitators of creative fun. We believe art should be accessible to all and as such always work to provide opportunities to bring out the inner artist in all that come to the Festival. We both have our own arts practice. Penny is an artist-educator at the Bundanon Trust and works in local Secondary schools, her artistic practice can be seen at pennysadubin.com and @penny_sadubin. Penny's art practice explores our human connections to nature and our interactions with the landscapes around us. Tim is an artist, writer, and disability advocate. As a wheelchair user, he facilitates courses in skills for independence for people living with a spinal cord injury. Penny and Tim look forward to running workshops for young people interested to be involved in creating the maze in the lead-up to the Festival, as well as co-creating with the community in April.

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Build a lantern
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