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Call to Artists: Four wards lighting project, Blackpool

Deadline: May 25, 2009, 3:00 pm

Blackpool Council Arts Service in partnership with the Illuminations is looking to recruit four freelance artists to work within four wards along Blackpool’s seafront. Funded by Arts Council England and Blackpool Council this project forms part of the Arts Regeneration programme of work. The RAP project is a two-year programme, of which we are currently in the second year. This opportunity offers artists interested in working with the Illuminations the chance to develop an exciting project. We are looking for artists who have a genuine interest in working with the community to develop light based work with the community.

In year one of this programme we ran a very successful project in which two artists worked in partnership with the community and the Festival of Light, part of Blackpool Illuminations, to develop a piece of temporary illuminated work. The installation was displayed for three months as part of the Illuminations show, within the sunken gardens on Blackpool’s seafront. The two artists working on the project found the interest in participating very high. We have decided that in order to accommodate this level of interest we will recruit four artists for year two, one to work in each ward* and produce work that will be exhibited, performed or sited within these wards.

* A ward is an electoral district, for this project we will be working with Claremont, Talbot, Bloomfield and Waterloo, for a map of these areas please refer to http://www.election-maps.co.uk/electmaps.jsf

Each project should:

  • Demonstrate the creative potential of light (in its many forms) as a medium for art, performance or event.

  • Have an out come; this could be an event, exhibition or celebration.

  • Adapt to the needs of the community; the communities in these wards have unique identities and they need to be at the core of planning and delivery.

This is a chance to be part of an exciting and innovative project. We are looking for people who will use this opportunity to explore creative uses of light whilst giving the community a new experience.


Follow this link to download the full artist's brief and see application details(281 KB)