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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Opportunity: LUMINA Design Contest

Another opportunity today! This one with our friends at LUMINA light festival in Cascais who are calling for both professionals and Art and Design students to participate in their LUMINA Design contest. This year’s contest is the first in a three-year consecutive plan and will be judged by an international panel of Light festival professionals a  the successful artist […]

Opportunity – Shine Emerging Artist Programme 2018

SHINE is an emerging artist commissioning programme delivered in collaboration by Light up the North partners, we recently featured profiles of those who took part in Shine 2017 as Emerging Artists and are now looking to recruit up to four new artists for Shine 2018. Read on if you are interested or click here for […]

Introducing: Shine

SHINE is an emerging artist commissioning programme delivered in collaboration by Light up the North partners Light Night Leeds and Quays Culture. The programme aims to support emerging artists in creating new digital artwork or performances for light festivals and provides bespoke mentoring and training for participants. 2017 was the second year the two organisations […]

Lumiere Conference returns to Durham for 2017

It’s well into November which means it’s almost time for Lumiere. As always, the event will be taking place in Durham 16-19 November. You can find out all about this year’s festival here. 2017 also sees the return of the Lumiere conference which will take place on Friday 17 November and be hosted by Artichoke in association with Durham County […]

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