illuminate light festival
26 – 29 Nov 2020

Call for proposals – Emerging artists

Illuminate light festival seeks to find emerging artists who wish to
develop their careers as light artists. The deadline for applications
is the 10th April 2020.

the opportunity

The creative and cultural industries are growing rapidly, enriching lives and creating rewarding jobs. Illuminate is committed to increasing the diversity of people actively engaged in and benefiting from those industries, specifically by supporting new and emerging artists wanting to work through the medium of light. Therefore, for 2020 we have re-imagined our commissioning process for emerging artists. 

This call for artists and makers seeks to find emerging practitioners who are passionate about light art and want to pursue a career in the creative economy. Applicants will not be judged solely on their ideas, but also their ambition and dedication to their work. 

The process will be structured as a personal development opportunity, with exhibition of a light artwork at Illuminate 2020 as one of the elements of the package of support. 

Other elements of the package of support are: 

  • Access to space 
  • Access to technology
  • Business support
  • Mentoring from industry professionals
  • Training on using specific technologies and software
  • Lectures/seminars from an industry experts


considerations for your application

What we expect of you

You will be required to attend a week long residency in Plymouth, and to take part in each workshop and activity within this residency. We expect that you approach this opportunity with enthusiasm, dedication and a willingness to learn. 

Beyond the week residency, you will continue to work with us to develop and produce a light artwork to exhibit at Illuminate 2020.

What you can expect of us

The Illuminate team will deliver the package of support listed on the previous page, over the course of a week residency in Plymouth. 

Beyond the residency, you will be supported by the Illuminate team to develop and produce a light artwork to exhibit at Illuminate 2020.

apply for illuminate 2020

To make an application please fill in our online application form. Please make sure you have read through all the application criteria carefully and include all the necessary information required. You must fully complete and submit this application in order to be considered for Illuminate light festival 2020.

The deadline for proposals is 10th April 2020.