Artichoke: Open Call for Submissions, BRILLIANT

Closing Date: 11 February 2021


Location: UK-wide

Remuneration: £1000 fee, plus art production costs of up to £7000


Brilliant in pink above artwork commissions in black. This is within a pink outlined rectangle. Below is a pink outline of a light bulb and black text that reads: Lumiere 2021. The UK's leading light festival. Apply Now!

BRILLIANT Ideas Wanted!

Artichoke, the producers of extraordinary large-scale events based in Durham, have launched BRILLIANT, a £50,000 nationwide commissioning scheme seeking new works for the UK’s leading art event using light in a creative way. Six awards will be made, with the selected works shown alongside those of internationally-renowned artists at Lumiere, which is commissioned by Durham County Council, taking place in Durham from Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 November 2021.

The BRILLIANT commissioning scheme is open to creative individuals currently living in the UK who are aged 18 or older, and have a bright idea that will transform Durham’s urban landscape using the medium of light. Successful applicants will be supported by Artichoke with the production costs and technical expertise to create and install their artwork, and receive a fee.

For the first time the scheme will be open to the whole of the UK, encouraging the nations to unleash their creative potential and bring light into people’s lives. The BRILLIANT scheme was previously open only to residents of the North East of England. Three commissions are still reserved for people who are based in the region, while the extended scheme will support up to three more commissions from across the country. This also marks the first time that the scheme is being sponsored. EMG Solicitors, an award-winning firm based in Durham that has supported Lumiere since 2017, have chosen to support BRILLIANT for 2021.

Twenty-one BRILLIANT artworks have been shown across the previous editions of Lumiere Durham, which have attracted over 1 million visitors. Successful artists have made work using recycled objects, glass washed up from the ocean and supersized everyday objects including knitting needles, desk lamps and a giant Slinky.

To broaden the diversity of those working in the medium of light art, Artichoke is encouraging applications from those who identify as d/Deaf and Disabled, and Black People and People of Colour.

Applications will close at 9am on Thursday 11 February 2021. All the information on how to take part in the BRILLIANT competition, including an information pack and application form available in accessible formats, can be found on Lumiere’s website.

Please contact for further information or if you have any questions relating to the BRILLIANT application process.