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Lightpool Creative Opportunities

Lightpool has a 8-year strong track record of ambitious artistic programming including world-premieres from national and international artists. 

Lightpool Festival is staged over October half-term, and is a key event in Blackpool Illuminations annual light programme. Our programme is multi-disciplinary to appeal to a diverse audience, delivering work from inter/national artists to local amateur creatives. We connect with communities across the Fylde Coast in the lead up to the festival, delivering artist led workshops in community spaces; and innovative school projects.

Blackpool Illuminations Lightpool Programme was successful in becoming a National Portfolio  Organisation of Arts Council England for the investment period 2023-2026. We are the only light sector organisation in the Arts Council portfolio; and we are now planning community engagement projects for the 2024 edition of Lightpool.

Take a look at the following opportunities for emerging and established artists, as well as community-led organisations:


We have an open call for expression of interest to showcase at Lightpool Festival 2024. UK creatives are invited to submit expressions of interest to
submit an idea for a light artwork that is engaging to all age groups. Both light art professionals and newcomers can submit an idea.

We are interested in:

  • New works exploring light.
  • Projects which use technology in innovative ways to encourage play and exploration.
  • Sustainable light art which uses Green Energy solutions.

We are looking for artworks that are:

  • Suitable for outdoor light festivals.
  • Artistically challenging/interesting and of high quality.
  • Structurally resilient enough to withstand the winter weather.
  • Considered accessible for all.

We’re particularly interested to see applications that consider:

  • Environmental sustainability in their design and embody best practice in their delivery.
  • Design artworks for reuse – materials/equipment – building onto what happens at the end of the festival.
  • Encouraging novel and artistically ambitious ideas.


  • An artist fee of £5,000
  • Support from Lightpool and Lightworks to realise the idea
  • Production/materials/fabrication costs up to £15,000

The intellectual property of the artwork remains with the artist, the physical ownership will be transferred to Lightpool on completion of the artwork.

Please read the full information pack here (opens in new window).

Closing date for applications: 17 June 2024


PROJECT 1 - It's a small world - Budget: £5,000

Several compact boxes either side of a central pole, will showcase five 30/40 seconds video projection works. We are searching for innovative ideas to bring the idea of ‘It’s A Small World’ to life through the mesmerizing art of projection mapping.

Through light art, video mapping and 3D animations, we are seeking a creative and immersible visual experience that captivates and engages viewers.

PROJECT 2 - Making Art with plastic waste - Budget: £5,000

Recycling workshops to create illuminated artworks. This installation will be an environmental statement of course, but it is also a community project involving local residents, fuelling a collaborative and eco-friendly project; using recycled plastic bottles. where the process is as important as the results.

Wildlife and nature provide an unbridled source of inspiration for injecting poetic magic into artwork for LP 2024.

PROJECT 3 - Pitch Your Idea - Budget: £6,000

We are seeking project proposals from organisations to deliver a new project engaging with our local community. Targeting groups who do not usually engage
with the Lightpool Festival, and break down barriers, to increase cultural participation and create long term relationships.

Your creative project should include one of the key Lightpool strands - art, light, music, performance.

Please read the full information pack here (opens in new window).

Closing date for applications: 17 June 2024


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 in the autumn/winter.

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

• Two artists will be selected to take part
• Lightworks and the facilities/support are 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 oers computer aided manufacture processes including CNC cutting and carving.


A fee of £3,600 is available for the artist to cover all their time, subsistence and expenses incurred in undertaking the residency.

We envisage a proportion of the time will be spent on site at Lightworks (but not necessarily exclusively). We have based the fee on the artist working approximately 18 days at £200 per day over the residency period. Materials budget of up to £1,500 and a maximum fee of £500 will be paid to cover accommodation and travel expenses.

Closing date for applications: 5 July 2024

Please read the full information pack here (opens in new window). Please direct applications to


We have an open call for expression of interest for digital animators to join the digital creatives at Blackpooll Illuminations to create a fun, family friendly projection for Christmas 2024. We are looking for a UK based digital animator to create a 3 to 4 minute chapter that shows off the best of 3D animation.

Under the steer of the Lightpool Artistic Director, you and the creative team at Blackpool Illuminations will bring the Blackpool Tower to life with a winter festive story that is accessible to all communities. The content might include graphic animations, video footage or a combination of the two – but must utilise the building to create an immersive experiences to bring the building to life.


An artist fee of £4,000 is available. You will be working with the digital team at Lightworks, and be expected to attend in person at various times during the development.

Closing date for applications: 12 July 2024

Please read the full information pack here (opens in new window). Please direct applications to with the subject line: Lightpool Digital Open Call 2024.