BRILLIANT ideas wanted for Lumiere Derry event
Artichoke, producers of “extraordinary” live events, have been commissioned to stage the finale of the year-long City of Culture celebrations in Derry.
The spectacular Lumiere Derry light festival will take place over four nights between November 28 and December 1, 2013, transforming the city’s streets, buildings and waterways into a magical nocturnal landscape with atmospheric light sculptures and installations by local and international artists.
As part of Lumiere Derry, local people are being invited to submit their own creative ideas for artworks to be included in the festival under the BRILLIANT scheme. It offers opportunities for people based in, or originally from Northern Ireland, to develop and produce their ideas for artworks using the medium of light to be showcased at the festival.
The opportunity is open to everyone, from any walk of life, and no experience is necessary. Successful proposals will be commissioned and receive funding and development support. The deadline for initial proposals is Friday, February 15. The two-stage process will be judged by panel, which will include representatives from Culture Company 2013, Void Gallery and Artichoke.
Artichoke is known for its ground-breaking, large-scale, creative productions. In 2012, the company produced Deborah Warner’s Peace Camp, a coastal installation staged around the UK coastline, which included sites at Mussenden Temple, Downhill Beach and White Park Bay.
Previous events include The Sultan’s Elephant (2006), La Machine (2007) and Antony Gormley’s One & Other (2009). In 2009, Artichoke established Lumiere as a successful model in Durham. In 2011, 150,000 visitors flooded into the city transformed by artworks, including an illuminated waterfall over the River Wear, a giant Snowdome, and an other-worldly fire garden inside Durham Cathedral.
Independent researchers have estimated that the festival brought economic benefits to Durham worth £4.3m.
Helen Marriage, co-director of Artichoke, said they were excited to be creating Lumiere in Derry in 2013.
“It is often the smallest ideas that make the greatest impact, and BRILLIANT offers the opportunity for these to be realised alongside the wider programme. I can’t wait to see what people propose.”
Applicants to the BRILLIANT scheme should submit their ideas, together with an estimated budget by Friday, February 15, 2013. In 2011, the fund was £40,000 and produced four commissions. Light should be at the centre of any idea, and no previous experience is necessary – the most important thing is how Brilliant the idea is. The commission will receive funding and practical support from Artichoke.
Full details about how to apply can be found on the website: www.lumiere-festival.com/brilliant, together with suggested locations. Questions about any aspect of the competition should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The final awards will be announced in May 2013 and details of festival highlights for Lumiere will be announced in June.
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