Spark Artist Programme 2023

Spark 2023

Applications for Spark 2023 are now closed

SPARK - Artist Programme 2023

Light Up the North (LUTN) is a growing network of light festivals across the north of England.

The SPARK programme aims to nurture and develop artists working with light by supporting new and emerging artists through a bespoke package of opportunities provided by LUTN members, and focused on increasing inclusivity and diversity in the sector.

SPARK is an opportunity for early career artists wanting to develop their practice in light based and digital work for light festivals. Across 2 weekends in November and December 2023, the project will offer up to six artists the opportunity to be supported through a bespoke programme of workshops, networking events and talks scheduled to compliment two LUTN partner festivals – Light Up Lancaster (2-4 Nov) and Lightwaves Salford (7-10 Dec).

Six artists, selected through an open call, will each be awarded bursaries of £300 to participate in the SPARK programme, with additional funds of up to £800 each, allocated to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs to attend Lightwaves Salford & Light Up Lancaster, where the programme of activity will take place.

Selected artists will share their current area/s of research and development and workshops will be tailored to key elements of making successful light art. The cohort will benefit from peer to peer sharing as well as collective support from the core group of LUTN creative producers. Where feasible, artists who are presenting work at Lightwaves Salford/ Light Up Lancaster will deliver workshops for the SPARK participants.

SPARK artists will also be invited to attend valuable networking events and meetings arranged by the host festival, eg artists brunch, launch events, festival tours, talks.
This open call actively encourages submissions from artists from demographics currently under-represented in the light festival sector. A Producer will coordinate the project.

LUTN is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. We positively encourage people from all backgrounds to apply. We welcome applications from anyone regardless of their age, disability, ethnicity, heritage, gender, sexuality and socio-economic background. Adjustments will be made to meet any access requirements you have.

Large print versions of the SPARK 2023 Open Call is available here.

Applications may be made in non-written formats, such as a short video or audio recording. (maximum 6 minutes).

How to Apply

Please send a short CV, examples of your work and covering letter (or video or audio equivalent), outlining your interest and relevant artistic, light art, digital art skills and experience. You can forward you application to or attach to the form below.

Please ensure your covering letter is no longer than 2 sides.

All applications will be treated in confidence.

Key Dates

Closing date for applications: 5pm, Friday 22 September 

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via zoom: Friday 29 September

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application no later than Monday 2  October 

Please consider completing our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form which is entirely anonymous and not connected to your application. This will help us to understand whether we are reaching a diverse range of applicants.

To be eligible to apply to the SPARK programme you must be a UK-based artist who is perceived as an emerging or new talent (regardless of age). Submit your application via email to or complete the form below.

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Friday 22 September 2023

Submit Your Spark 2023 Application

Upload application. Acceptable file types, Word document, pdf, mp3, mp4. Maximum file size 10mb
If you would prefer to upload a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, you can do so here.

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