Light Up

Light Up Commission Call Out

R Hollis

Light Up Commission Call Out

Posted in Opportunities

This commission invites artists and companies to consider exciting, temporary public realm artworks including but not limited to projection mapping, drones, light installations and performances to form part of our major events and festivals programme for 2023/24/25, including the Wakefield Exchange programme for 2024 and 2025. Key strands will include:

Light Up Wakefield
We recognise that in recent years places across the UK have commissioned spectacular light installations, displays and projections that have helped to create a sense of vibrancy and drama to city centres and other locations, and have been successful in attracting visitors to attend and contribute towards supporting the local economy particularly in the evenings. Our own programming has included major commissions including STILL at Wakefield Cathedral by Studio Novak and Fire & Ice by Ithaca at the former market hall, and in November 2022 we will welcome Futures by Lucid Creates. We are now looking at how we can grow our Light Up programme to showcase the district and inspire local people to participate and engage with culture. We want to achieve this by providing a creative platform to commissioning exciting new works as well as welcoming existing and touring pieces of quality.

Wakefield Exchange
We are also looking at opportunities to incorporate light installations into the developing annual programme for the new Wakefield Exchange site. The city’s former market hall is being developed as a creative hub for the city centre and wider district, featuring a large-scale indoor events and exhibition space. The Wakefield Exchange is expected to open in early 2024, following the redevelopment of the site over the next year.

Our Year – Wakefield District 2024
Wakefield will be hosting a Year of Culture in 2024, and as part of this commission we are seeking applications for a spectacular opening to be held either on 30 Dec 2023 – 1 Jan 2024 or in January 2024. We are currently open to both format and location. Artists wishing to apply for this strand are greatly encouraged to arrange an informal chat to find out more about Our Year’s journey so far, including themes and programming strands.

Application deadline: 12 noon on Friday 27th January 2023

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