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Open Call For Projects 2018

Artists are invited to submit project proposals for Light Up Lancaster Festival 2018.

About Light Up Lancaster

Light Up Lancaster Festival is in its sixth year. The event dates are Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November, culminating in a fireworks finale on the Saturday night.

Light Up Lancaster is delivered by Lancaster Arts Partnership (lead organisation for this project is The Dukes) in partnership with Lancaster Business Improvement district (BID)and Lancaster City Council. The Festival is planned and managed by a Steering Group which includes representatives of the local business community and arts organisations. The Festival is programmed by a freelance Artistic Director.


Call for Light Art Projects

We are now looking to programme some small-scale installations to complement our selected core arts programme. All proposals should be for work to take place in the city centre and could be sited or roaming. Advice on available locations will be given. Projects could be installations or performance-based, could take place indoors or outdoors, and all should be for both nights of the festival. We are interested in supporting new work and also looking at programming existing work.

All projects should have light as an integral feature of the work and should explore our 2018 guiding theme, which this year is Home and must be suitable for a family audience. We are particularly keen that projects have an interactive element where possible.

The available opportunities are:

Emerging artists / micro-commissions: Up to £1,000

Established artists new work or existing work to be re-sited for Lancaster: Up to £2,000


Our Process

All proposals will be assessed by the Light Up Lancaster Artistic Director, supported by members of the Steering Group. Proposals will be assessed on these criteria: artistic quality, ambition and innovation, financial and logistical viability, value for money, interactive element and connections to our guiding theme, Home.

Key dates:

  • 3 August (5pm) – Closing date for proposals
  • By 7 August – Offers made


Further Information


How to Submit Your Proposal

Send no more than 2 pages, to include:

  • Your name and contact details
  • Your proposal title
  • Outline of your proposal (no more than 400 words)
  • A bit about your work / practice (no more than 400 words)
  • Further info about logistics / support you will need (no more than 400 words)
  • A brief budget breakdown
  • Images (if you have them)
  • Your website (if you have one)
  • Tell us where you found out about this opportunity

Please submit to: takepart@lightuplancaster.co.uk


Further Info

The Festival:

The Festival is a self-guided trail through the city centre on 2 evenings. Audiences see installations, performances and events – mostly outdoors in the city’s open spaces and set against the backdrop of the heritage buildings, but some inside venues, galleries, shopping centres, library etc. Ideally any performance events should be no longer than 10 minutes (repeated several times throughout the evening) or be durational.

On the Friday evening (2 Nov) all installations / artworks run from 5pm – 10pm. On the Saturday evening (3 Nov) installations / artworks run from 5pm – 7.30pm, followed by the annual fireworks display at 8pm, lighting up the historic landscape and skyline of the city.

The Festival is family friendly. Engagement opportunities will be available to audiences and local communities in the lead up to the festival and throughout the weekend.

More information about Light Up Lancaster can be found here www.lightuplancaster.co.uk



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, and pedestrian areas 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 the sort of location which would work. Please state this in your proposal.



Wind and rain is likely to be a factor in November. And, whatever the weather, our 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 the most 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 who will act as a co-ordinator and advisor to participating artists and organisations. All projects will be marketed centrally by the Light Up Lancaster Festival.