SHINE Emerging Artist Programme 2022

SHINE Emerging Artist Programme 2022

Light Up the North (LUTN) is a network of 5 light festivals across the north of England including Light Up Lancaster. In 2022, four of the festivals are joining together to award funding to emerging artists working with light, to produce and exhibit new commissions at their 2022 light festivals.

The SHINE programme aims to nurture and develop new talent, giving artists the opportunity to exhibit or perform new work at four of the LUTN festivals (Light Night Leeds, Light Up Lancaster, Lightwaves at Salford Quays and Lightpool in Blackpool). Up to two artists or collectives will be awarded substantial commissions of up to £10K to realise ambitious new artworks. Some basics – the artwork(s) will need to:
• Be suitable for outdoor winter light festivals
• Be artistically challenging/interesting and of high quality
• Be structurally resilient enough to withstand the winter weather at multiple festivals (October – December) and transportation across our festival network.

For 2022, the successful commissions will also need to:
• Focus on environmental sustainability in their design and embody best practice in their delivery
• Be of mid/large scale – we are encouraging ambitious proposals
• Be created for audiences to enjoy/experience even should social distancing restrictions be in operation

As well as financial support, each artist will also receive a full induction to the programme, as well as training and mentoring from across the LUTN partnership. We will work directly with commissioned artists to support their development, with guidance in areas such as marketing, finance, production, risk assessments and fundraising. This will all be delivered safely following any relevant government pandemic guidelines current at the time.

To be eligible to apply to the SHINE programme you must be a UK-based artist who is perceived as an emerging talent (regardless of age) with the ability to achieve their ideas to a high quality. Please read the full information and FAQs before submitting your application via

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Monday April 4 2022

Full Information can be found on the Light Up The North website

NB: SHINE commission(s) are subject to each festival receiving Arts Council England funding

SHINE Emerging Artist Programme 2022

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