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Artists – Confucius Commission opportunity!

Artists are invited to submit proposals for a light art project funded by Lancaster University’s Confucius Institute, as part of Light Up Lancaster Festival 2016.

We are keen to hear from artists, groups of artists or organisations who want to create or exhibit work which celebrates Chinese culture, resonates with our local communities and celebrates our diversity, and which adds something special to the Festival for 2016.


About Light Up Lancaster

2016 will be the fourth year of Light Up Lancaster Festival. The event dates are Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November. Some artworks will be in situ/performed for just the Friday evening, and others will continue into the Saturday, alongside the annual fireworks spectacular.


About Confucius Institute

Lancaster University Confucius Institute teaches Chinese language, intercultural communication, calligraphy, painting and tai chi to students, staff, local communities. Our aims are to celebrate Chinese culture with local people, including Lancaster’s two Chinese associations, and support regional business, education and cultural engagement with China.



The Brief:

We are interested in hearing from artists from any cultural background but particularly those with an understanding of China, who may want to create new work OR re-site existing work. All proposals should be for work to take place in the city centre or close environs, and could be sited or roaming.

The work could, for example, be one larger installation, or could be a series of smaller installations across the city. Advice on available locations will be given. Projects should be sited outdoors and will need to be weatherproof. This project is for both evenings of the Festival.

All projects should engage with the theme of light, should be suitable for a family audience and should celebrate traditional or contemporary Chinese culture in some way.




The Festival is located in Lancaster city centre and all events should be easily reached on foot. Lancaster has some fantastic heritage buildings and open spaces in the city centre, and a large pedestrian area with attractive, wide streets, as well as intriguing alley ways and corners. You may have a location in mind for your project, or you may want us to suggest one. Please state this in your proposal.



Wind and rain is likely to be a factor in November – this is the North! And, whatever the weather, audiences will still come. All projects should be weatherproof, or should have a wet weather contingency plan to allow them to go ahead in all but extreme weather.



All projects should be technically self-sufficient and budgets calculated to include all technical requirements. Projects will be supported by the Festival Creative Producer and a Festival Production Manager who will act as a co-ordinator and advisor to participating artists and organisations. Event Management including stewarding will be provided. All projects will be marketed centrally by the Light Up Lancaster Festival.

Artists should have their own public liability insurance.



£4,000 inclusive



To apply, please send a proposal (no more than a 3 pages) outlining:

  • Artist/s name and that of any other delivery team members
  • Briefly outline relevant experience or projects (links and images may be provided)
  • How you propose to interpret the brief
  • Any additional support needs you may have
  • A brief breakdown of how you would allocate the budget
  • Your contact details
  • Any further relevant information
  • Please tell us how you found out about this opportunity

All proposals should be sent to Julie Brown: julieproduces@gmail.com no later than midnight on 5 August 2016