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
News and Opportunities
SHINE is an emerging artist commissioning programme delivered in collaboration by Light up the North partners. 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. 2018 was the third year the programme has been delivered. Below is some information […]
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 […]
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, in partnership with innovation foundation Nesta. The conference aims […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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