Light up the North (LUTN) is a network of six 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


News and Opportunities

Quays Culture Programme Producer (Maternity Cover)

Quays Culture is recruiting a full-time Programme Producer (Maternity Cover). We are looking for a motivated and strategic leader with experience of curating and delivering large-scale, ambitious public-realm events. Application deadline: 26 Feb 12-month fixed term contract – full details here.

Job Opportunity: Light Up the North Programme Manager

CANDIDATE BRIEF Light Up the North Programme Manager Fee: £18,000 Fixed-term: November 2019 – March 2021 Light Up the North Programme Manager This is an exciting time in the development of the Light Up the North network and we are looking for someone to join us for eighteen months to help effect change and take the […]

LUTN Opportunity: Enchanted Parks: Saltwell’s Moonlit Menagerie Artists’ Brief

Introduction Enchanted Parks is Gateshead’s innovative and magical after-dark arts adventure in the atmospheric setting of Saltwell Park. Taking place in midwinter, Enchanted Parks provides an unusual and playful artistic experience for a very broad audience and unique creative opportunities for artists working across a range of disciplines and media. We are inviting artists to […]


Rencontres Audiovisuelles are calling out for projects to be a part of the event this year. The Pre-Registration deadline 28th July 2019. Read on for info from their callout or visit their website for full details and to apply!  Rencontres Audiovisuelles organises a Video Mapping Contest as part of the European Heritage Days 2019. CThis contest […]

Opportunity for Film Makers: OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Northern Artist Film Commission

Northern Artist Film Commission OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS Deadline for proposals: Fri 15 July 2019 Quays Culture and University of Salford Art Collection invite artists living and working in the North of England to submit a proposal for a new artist film.  Following the successful pilot project in 2016, won by Sam Meech and Chris […]

Opportunity – Shine Emerging Artist Programme 2019

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 2018 as Emerging Artists and are now looking to recruit new artists for Shine 2019. Read on if you are interested or click here for further information and to apply. SHINE […]

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Get in touch

Light up the North would love to hear from you.  Please use the contact form to get in touch.

If you would like to contact one of our festivals directly, use one of the links below to email them.

 Light Night Leeds | Light up Lancaster | Lumiere | Lightpool | Quays Culture | Enchanted Parks


Please note that when contacting us, the Light Up the North Programme Manager will initially receive your query and the contact details you provide. This information, including your contact information, will then be shared with the relevant Light up the North Partner organisation(s).

These organisations are as follows: Leeds City Council (Light Night Leeds); Lancaster City Council (Light Up Lancaster); Artichoke and Durham County Council (Lumiere); Quays Culture (Lightwaves); NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council (Enchanted Parks); Blackpool Illuminations Service and Blackpool Arts Service (Lightpool and Blackpool Illuminations). 

If you would only like your query and contact information to go to a specific organisation, please state which organisation in your query.