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light artist  callout 

Southend LuminoCity will be brightening up February Half Term once more, from 16-18 February 2023, and this year it’ll be bigger and brighter than before.

One way we plan on doing this is by calling on our local creative community! In a nutshell, we're looking to work with emerging light artists to produce a new, unique installation that will wow festivalgoers and showcase our city’s creative talent.


A grant of up to £10,000 is available to the successful candidate, which is to include all artist fees, materials, and associated travel costs.​

The Festival takes place across the city centre, with 10 locations available for installations. All interested artists are invited to submit proposals below, which should include a representation of your installation at the intended site.

 the installation must be: 

  • Illuminated | This is an obvious one but it needs to be said. It's a light festival, so the brighter the better! 

  • Bold and Innovative | We’re looking for statement pieces that will wow audiences while considering and incorporating Southend City’s architecture and infrastructure.

  • Large-scale | The festival commands large areas of the city centre, so the installation must be imposing in the space you've chosen. 

  • Robust | The festival takes place outdoors in February, so it must be waterproof, and be able to stand strong gusts of wind. 

 selection process: 

A panel made up of Southend Tourism Partnership board members involved with curating LuminoCity will assess all applications. We aim to ensure the selected installation is high-quality work and will provide the best experience for festival visitors.


Applications will be judged on 4 areas:

  • Visitor experience | How will audiences engage with the piece? In the world of social media, will the artwork be Instagrammable, is it a selfie opportunity? Or could it be a viral TikTok video?

  • Budget | Is the artwork achievable within the set budget? Are there likely to be any overspends?

  • Quality | The installation must be produced to a professional standard.

  • Project management | Artists must produce a comprehensive management plan with time scales listed. Please also think about installation build/take down time scales.

 submission deadline is  31 july 2022 

Other Key Dates:

  • 1-15 August 2022 | Submission consultation period. 

  • w/c 22 August 2022 | Interviews for shortlisted artists.

  • September 2022 – January 2023 | Development/build period for commission.

  • 16 – 18 February 2023 | Southend LuminoCity.

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