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Id: 10149



Organisations + Charities


Other Visual Arts + Design


Job Title:

Light Up Leicester, Call for Commissions

Organisation Name:


Organisation URL:


Leicester - Midlands


£4,000 – £6,000 incl. materials and costs


Fixed Term

Date Posted:


Closing Date:



Job Description & Person Specification:

Leicester City Council’s Festivals & Events Department,BID Leicester and creative producer ArtReach, have designed an ambitious new spectacle event that animates the public realm with illuminated, interactive and playable light- based artworks. 

The festival is seeking 3 new commissions to feature in its inaugural programme in March 2020. 

Festival dates: 5 – 8 March 2020
Install: 2 – 4 March 2020
Number of commissions: 3
Fee: £4,000 - £6,000 incl. all materials and all other costs
Deadline: Sunday 15 December 2019, midnight 

1. Brief
Light up Leicester is a new festival of illumination and connectivity. Over four days it will light up the city centre with a trail of interactive and playable artworks. The festival centres around the theme of ‘connectedness’ - encompassing interactive, playable and ‘connected to the internet’ artworks. Commission applications will need to demonstrate: 
  • The artwork is illuminated or lit in an interesting, unusual or unique way
  • The artwork is sufficiently ‘connected’ in a way that is participatory (for audiences) or interactive (with audiences, or with something else). 
  • The artwork is of sufficient scale and impact to attract passers-by and members of the public who are not necessarily there to seek it out 
  • The artwork is new, or sufficiently different from previous presentations of the work 
  • All artworks will need to be suitable for family audiences and on display for the duration of the festival.
  • The artwork is suitable for outdoor presentation. 
2. Artist Fees and additional support
Light up Leicester is commissioning three new artworks and is now welcoming fee proposals. 

Fee proposals should cover all aspects of concept design, artwork development and delivery, travel and accommodation. There is no additional budget for materials. 

Light Up Leicester is working towards a set commissioning budget. 

For guidance, we welcome individual proposals of between £4,000 and £6,000. 

3. How to apply
Follow this link to read the call out in full and for application details and deadlines: commissions/





Beth Piggott






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