About

Light up the North (LUTN) is a network of seven northern light festivals which have come together to share their collective expertise to support both the development of the partner festivals and the wider sector. Through regional, national and international networking and collaboration LUTN nurtures artistic ambition through artist and producer development, co-commissioning and joint fundraising. The capacity and depth of cultural practice within the network enables LUTN to support emerging artists, explore technical innovations and create aspirational work to deliver a compelling offer for audiences. Supported by Arts Council England. 

The Network Aims to:

  • Support emerging artists and explore ways to co-commission and showcase new work through initiatives such as Light Lab.
  • Collaborate to share knowledge and expertise across the cultural sector.

  • Develop partnerships with other festivals around the world to help build and share audiences and support artist mobility and development.

  • Develop a recognisable festival brand with a reputation for best practice in the North of England

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News and Opportunities

Workshop: Illuminos: Fill the Night with Light

Walk the Plank and Manchester City Council are collaborating on a series of Masterclasses from a series of professionals based around the theme of light, colour and texture. Details on the classes as a whole are further down the page, but of particular interest for Light artists/festivals is the following: ‘Fill the Night with Light […]

Light and the Creative Economy Light Up the North National Conference

Venue: Winter Gardens Blackpool Dates: Thursday 18 & 19 October Cost: Free Register: register here Hosted by the Lightpool Festival, the Light Up the North Network (LUTN) of leading northern light festivals presents its second national conference in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, 18-19th October 2018. The conference aims to bring together funders, cultural businesses, […]

Opportunity: Be a part of Blackburn Festival of Light with Commissions opportunity from Blackburn Cotton Exchange

The Blackburn Cotton Exchange is looking for artists to collaborate with local young people on a project that combines digital energy with lighting up the Cotton Exchange. The piece will be a part of Blackburn Festival of Light. Details are as follows: ‘We are looking for an artist or artists to collaborate with a group […]

Opportunity: Light and the Creative Economy – micro commissions Artistic Brief

Context The Light Up the North network (LUTN) began in 2015 as a network to support 7 northern light festivals to collaborate, showcase new light work and support emerging artists. After three years, it is a good time to reflect on what we have achieved. We are holding the LUTN National Conference in Blackpool 18-19 […]

Opportunity: Be part of Light Up Lancaster with Lancaster BID Ginnels Project

LIGHT ARTISTS BRIEF Artists and lighting specialists are invited to submit proposals for a light art project funded by Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID) and Lancaster City Council (LCC) which is to be launched at Light Up Lancaster Festival in November 2018. We are keen to hear from artists, groups of artists, lighting specialists, contractors […]

Opportunity: Video Mapping Production/Creation Team

The Video Mapping European Center are putting together an international team, under the artistic direction of the Loom Prod members, with the objective of celebrating the anniversary of the City of Lille, France and it’s twinning with a number of other cities internationally. Les Rencontres audiovisuelles and the City of Lille would like to offer […]

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