Opportunity – Shine Emerging Artist Programme 2018

SHINE is an emerging artist commissioning programme delivered in collaboration by Light up the North partners, we recently featured profiles of those who took part in Shine 2017 as Emerging Artists and are now looking to recruit up to four new artists for Shine 2018. Read on if you are interested or click here for further information and to apply.


The SHINE programme aims to nurture and develop new talent, giving artists the opportunity to exhibit or perform new work at 5 of the LUTN festivals (Light Night Leeds, Lightwaves at Salford Quays, Enchanted Parks in Gateshead, Light Up Lancaster and LightPool in Blackpool). Up to four artists or collectives will be awarded bursaries of up to £4,000 each to realise their new artwork. The artwork has to be suitable for a winter light festival, artistically challenging/interesting and of high quality, have a strong element of digital/technology within its design, and be resilient enough to withstand the winter weather at multiple festivals (September – December) and transportation across our festival network.

As well as financial support, each artist will also receive training and mentoring from across the LUTN partnership. We will work directly with commissioned artists to create a bespoke package suitable to their development, which could include setting up as a professional artist, marketing, finance, production, risk assessments or event management.

To be eligible to apply to the SHINE programme you must be an artist who is perceived as an emerging talent (regardless of age) with the ability to achieve their ideas to a high quality. We are specifically looking for artists that involve digital technology in the making and outcome of their proposal. Please read the full information and FAQs before submitting your application via CuratorSpace.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday 8th June 2018

Useful Information

What can you create?

We are especially interested in showcasing interactive work which requires direct engagement from audiences.  Proposals must be for work of a contemporary nature, which utilises digital technology, and the creative use of light.  Artwork needs to be weather-proof, able to withstand strong winds, be structurally sound (if applicable) and be suitable for presenting outdoors at our locations and timescales.  Performance-based work is also permitted and artists would be expected to deliver at least three 15 minute performances throughout two evenings per festival.  We are especially interested in work which can cater for large audiences and activities or events which are accessible to families.

The LUTN festivals where you will be exhibiting:

Light Night Leeds (Leeds) – http://www.lightnightleeds.co.uk

Lightwaves (Quays Culture at Salford Quays) – http://quaysculture.com/2017-projects/

Light Up Lancaster (Lancaster) – http://lightuplancaster.co.uk

LightPool (Blackpool) – http://www.blackpool-illuminations.net/LightPool.html

Enchanted Parks (Gateshead) – https://www.newcastlegateshead.com/winter-festival/enchanted-parks-2018

NB Each festival will provide standard infrastructure support for your arriving artwork, however, all artists fees and artwork production costs must be factored into your bursary award.


The £4,000 maximum SHINE bursary includes all artist fees and materials. If needed you can apply for match funding from other sources such as Leeds Inspired or Arts Council England, but ensure you have planned and prepared to do this.  Funding will be given to artists based on the quality of their idea and will need to include all technical, installation, operational and material costs including travel/transportation and parking.  Accommodation can be provided by the host festival if required. Other costs such as meals and general overheads must be factored into your bursary.


We can offer successful applicants:

  • Production advice and practical support, including technical support where suitable and agreed in advance.
  • Health and Safety management.
  • Site security, staff and volunteer stewards.
  • Project PR and marketing including all promotional materials and special events.

Click here for further information and to submit an application. 


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