BRILLIANT Ideas Wanted!


BRILLIANT, a £50,000 nationwide commissioning scheme is seeking new works for the UK’s leading light art event. Six awards will be made, with the selected works shown alongside those of internationally-renowned artists at Lumiere, which is commissioned by Durham County Council, taking place in Durham from Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 November 2021.

The BRILLIANT commissioning scheme is open to creative individuals currently living in the UK who are aged 18 or older, and have a bright idea that will transform Durham’s urban landscape using the medium of light. Successful applicants will be supported by Artichoke with the production costs and technical expertise to create and install their artwork, and receive a fee.

For the first time the scheme will be open to the whole of the UK, encouraging the nations to unleash their creative potential and bring light into people’s lives. The BRILLIANT scheme was previously open only to residents of the North East of England. Three commissions are still reserved for people who are based in the region, while the extended scheme will support up to three more commissions from across the country.

To broaden the diversity of those working in the medium of light art, Artichoke is encouraging applications from those who identify as d/Deaf and Disabled, and Black People and People of Colour.

Applications will close at 9am 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

Please contact for further information or if you have any questions relating to the BRILLIANT application process.

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