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Lightpool Creative Opportunities

Artist In Residence

This is an exciting opportunity for an artist who is interested in creating imaginative light work for the public realm and has a particular interest and experience in working with light and its many forms.

We are looking for artists that are interested in providing exciting installations that audiences can connect and interact with; that can create work of scale and respond to the challenges of the often hostile natural environment of being outside by the Irish Sea in the autumn/winter.

You will be a problem solver; open to new applications and approaches; and will build on the experience gained in being at Lightworks to further develop your practice; and be willing to share your learning with peers, during and beyond the residency.

We anticipate the residency will start in November 2023 and be completed by February 2024.

The opportunity

  • 2 artists will be selected to take part
  • ​Lightworks and the facilities/support available during the Residency
  • At the Lightworks facility there will be access to structural and electrical engineers, artists, animators and lighting technicians. The facility also offers computer aided manufacture processes including CNC cutting and carving.
  • ​All these facilities are potentially available to the artist in terms of working with team members on developing their ideas into working prototypes.
  • Blackpool Illuminations works with a range of experts in the private and public sector to deliver their programme and the artist may want to explore some of these relationships in developing technologically challenging ideas. For example, Blackpool Illuminations has a close working relationship with the Computer Science department at Lancaster University
  • ​Depending on the ideas that come out of the residency, there may be an opportunity to develop the ideas to full scale artworks for Lightpool Festival 2024.

Step 1 – Closing date for applications – Friday 13 October at 5pm
Step 2 – Proposal and Interview – w/c 23 October 2023

Download the full application pack here (will open in a new window).