11th January 2021
Artichoke launches nationwide competition to design artworks for the UK’s leading light art festival

Today, Lumiere, the UK’s leading light art festival, is launching a nationwide competition to design artworks which will be shown alongside international artists in Durham this November.

Producers Artichoke are committing over £50,000 to six commissions. The six winners will receive up to £7,000 to cover the creation of their work, alongside mentoring to make their ideas a reality.

For the first time, the scheme is open to anyone in the UK over 18 in a bid to encourage creativity across the nation. It was previously only open to people in the North East. Past winners have made work using recycled objects such as glass washed up from the ocean and supersized everyday objects including knitting needles and a slinky.

Helen Marriage, Director of Artichoke, said:

“We are delighted to open up BRILLIANT to the whole country – we want as many people as possible to dazzle us with their ideas. Light art has traditionally been dominated by white, male, non-disabled artists and we want to help change this by providing the financing, mentorship and technical support necessary for anyone with a great idea to make it a reality.”

Applications will close at 9 am on Thursday 11 February 2021. All the information on how to take part in the BRILLIANT competition, including an information pack and application form available in accessible formats, can be found at lumiere-festival.com/brilliant-2021.

Lumiere, which is commissioned by Durham County Council, will take place in Durham from Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 November 2021.

Image Credit: Litre of Light, Mick Stephenson, Lumiere Durham 2015. Produced by Artichoke. Photo by Matthew Andrews.