Keep A Light On (KALO)

Open Call for Projects

Artists in Lancaster district are invited to submit project proposals for KALO


About KALO
It will invoke the spirit of Lancaster’s much-loved annual Light Up Lancaster (LUL) at a time when people cannot celebrate together socially as a community.
It will support local artists, businesses and communities and inspire hope for the future when we can gather again for larger events.

KALO is a high-quality light art project to be delivered in November and December 2020.

KALO will embody creative collaboration: between artists and businesses in the heart of Lancaster city centre.
To sustain the spirit and continuity of Lancashire’s much loved and locally owned LUL festival, KALO will support Lancaster district artists, businesses and communities at a critical time when Covid-19 inhibits people enjoying cultural events together in the usual way.

KALO will be a magical, high quality, creative celebration of light art, inspiring hope for a brighter future, when we can all gather again for larger events.
With support from key partners, KALO will be a ‘deliverable’, safe alternate to staging an event and will resonate with families and communities across the city this winter. It will be creative, memorable project that will reflect hope, togetherness and happiness throughout November and December.
Light art will underscore the project:

Call For Light Art Projects
3 professional commissions are available.
Utilising 3 empty shop units in Lancaster city centre, 3 local artists/collectives will each create magical, illuminated installations. A new installation will appear in empty shop windows in Lancaster, without fanfare, on each Friday in November and remain it situ through to the New Year.
Advice on available shops will be given. Projects should be installations that respond to and explore the rationale for KALO.
All projects should have light as an integral feature of the work and must be suitable for a family audience.
A maximum fee of up to £2,000 is available for each of the selected installations and there is an additional £250 available for materials for each piece of work. Some limited technical support, provided by The Dukes, will be available for each successful application.

Our Process
All proposals will be assessed by the KALO partnership and will be assessed on these criteria: artistic quality, ambition and innovation, financial and logistical viability, value for money and connections to our guiding rationale for KALO.

Key dates:
2 October (12 noon) – Closing date for proposals
By October 9 – Offers made

KALO is delivered by a partnership made up of The Dukes, Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID), Lancaster City Council and is managed and directed by a freelance Producer.

Further Information

How to Submit Your Proposal
Send no more than 2 pages, to include:
Your name and contact details
Your proposal title
Outline of your proposal (no more than 400 words)
A bit about your work / practice (no more than 400 words)
Further info about logistics / support you may need (no more than 400 words)
A brief budget breakdown
Images (if you have them)
Your website (if you have one)
Tell us where you found out about this opportunity
Which installation date you would prefer (Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20)
Please submit to: takepart@lightuplancaster.co.uk

Further Info
KALO will also include a Community project – The 4th Window – Keep A Light On across Lancaster.
A downloadable ‘frame’ of a city centre shop window will be created for the LUL website for schools, community groups and families to access to inspire them to create their own unique, digital shop window display. The finished images will be displayed on the LUL website. People will also be encouraged to treat their own front windows as KALO displays and post the images they take to the LUL website.

Artist Call Out: Keep A Light On