Conference

2020 Online

About

If you’re a festival producer, event manager, artist, practitioner, curator, local authority, funder or other organisation interested in light art festivals then this conference is for you.

We will be sharing our collective expertise through six themed sessions across the two days. Our conference will feature panel discussions, artist talks, Q&As, expert speakers, online premieres and a cocktail lounge networking opportunity.

9 December

12:45 - Welcome

Welcome address from Chair of Light Up the North, Ann Wishart.

Why Light

13:00 - Why Light?

The popularity of light festivals continues to grow but what is it about these events that continue to enchant audiences across the world?

Inspiring Communities

14:30 - Inspiring Communities

In this session the speakers will discuss their approach to working with the local community, talk through case studies and answer questions on how to work with communities

An Artists View

16:00 - An Artists View

This session will concentrate on how various established artists are having to change not only the way they work but how they present their work due to COVID-19.

17:30 - Cocktail Hour

Our very first Light Up The North cocktail session to round off day one of our Why Light: The Future of Light Festivals conference

10 December

The Power of Neon

10:00 - The Power of Neon

This session will be of interest to artists, festival producers, curators and anyone who loves neon and wants to understand its development and how neon is being used by contemporary artists today.

Emerging Artists

11:45 - Emerging Artists

This session will be of interest to artists, festival producers, curators and anyone who loves neon and wants to understand its development and how neon is being used by contemporary artists today.

13:30 - The Future of Light Festivals

This panel session brings together light festivals curators, producers and artists, and others with a stake in the future of festivals, to discuss what the future holds for these events.

Final Summation

14:30 - Final Summation

This panel session brings together light festivals curators, producers and artists, and others with a stake in the future of festivals, to discuss what the future holds for these events.

Venue: Winter Gardens Blackpool
Dates: Thursday 18 & 19 October
Cost: Free
Register: register here

Hosted by the Lightpool Festival, the Light Up the North Network (LUTN) of leading northern light festivals presents its second national conference in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, 18-19th October 2018, in partnership with innovation foundation Nesta.

The conference aims to bring together funders, cultural businesses, artists and producers to explore and debate the creative economy,  light art and festivals, alternative forms of finance in the sector and the social and environmental sustainability of our festivals and cities. Using light festivals as case studies, we will share expert insight as to their impact on audiences, local economy and cultural infrastructure development.

The conference will be a marketplace for artists and creative producers engaged with light to meet and share ideas. Through the Thursday and in the morning of the Friday we’ll be hosting structured networking sessions, to make the most out of the time we have together. We are also welcoming representatives from leading European light festivals.

With the Arts & Culture Finance Fair, you will develop an understanding of the possibilities for financing cultural activities beyond grant funding, learning how repayable finance can be used to drive forward creative and cultural ventures, creating ideas for new projects and collaborations.

Confirmed speakers include:

Arts Council England: Francis Runacres – Executive Director of Innovation and Enterprise
Arts Council England: Jane Tarr, Director of Resilience
Artist: Mark Titchner
BBC Philharmonic: Simon Webb – Manager of BBC Philharmonic
Great Exhibition of the North: Carol Bell – Director
Inside Out Dorset: Bill Gee – Creative Producer and Artistic Director
Interference, Tunis: Bettina Pelz – Curator, Artistic Director
Light Up the North : Ann Wishart – Chair
Ocubo, Portugal : Carole Purnell – Founder/CEO

Thursday 18 October (10am – 5pm)

10am: Registration
11am – 5pm: Conference and Arts & Culture Finance Fair
5pm: Networking reception
7pm: Light Odyssey presented by Lightpool Festival (discounted tickets will be available for participants of the conference)

Friday 19 October (10am – 12pm)

10am: facilitated networking for artists and creative producers interested in light art and festivals
12pm: conference ends

Light Odyssey presented by Lightpool Festival

Thursday 18 October @ 7pm

Following the Conference we would love you to stay with us for the launch event of the Lightpool Festival – Light Odyssey – a once-only performance with BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and international teams of animators, bringing the Empress Ballroom to life in jaw-dropping 3D. Tickets for the Light Odyssey can be purchased from the Winter Gardens website (participants attending the conference will be offered reduced entry)

For more details on Light and the Creative Economy Conference go to LUTN or contact: phil@dragoncreative.co.uk

Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation based in the UK. The organisation acts through a combination of practical programmes, investment, policy and research, and the formation of partnerships to promote innovation across a broad range of sectors.

This conference is supported by: