Open Call for Shop Windows at Light Up Lancaster Project, Light Up Lancaster

DEADLINE: 3rd September 2021

Open Call for Windows Project

Artists are invited to submit project proposals for Light Up Lancaster Festival 2021.

Call for Light Art Installations for Shop Windows to complement our selected core arts programme.

Work to take place in Lancaster city centre shop windows. Advice on available sites will be given in consultation with Lancaster Business Improvement District (BID). The installations should be available for both nights of the festival and then for longer runs up to the Lancaster BID’s Christmas Lights ‘switch on ‘event.

5 professional commissions are available.


Utilising 5 shop units in Lancaster city centre, 5 local artists/collectives will each create magical, illuminated installations.

All projects should have light as an integral feature of the work and should explore our 2021 guiding theme, which this year is Flights of the Imaginationand must be suitable for a family audience.

Funding of up to £1,000 is available for each of the 5 selected projects.

Our Process

All proposals will be assessed by the Light Up Lancaster Artistic Director, supported by members of the Steering Group. Proposals will be assessed on these criteria:  artistic quality, ambition and innovation, financial and logistical viability, value for money and connections to our guiding theme, Flights of the Imagination.

Key dates:

  • September 3 – Closing date for proposals
  • By September 10 – Offers made

Further Information

How to Submit Your Proposal

Send no more than 2 pages, to include:

  • Name, contact details
  • Proposal title
  • Proposal outline <400 words
  • A bit about your work / practice <400 words
  • Further info about logistics / support you will need <400 words
  • Brief budget breakdown
  • Images (if available)
  • Your website (if relevant)
  • Tell us where you found out about this opportunity

Please submit to:

More information about Light Up Lancaster can be found here


All installations should be technically self-sufficient and budgets calculated to include all technical requirements. Projects will be supported by the Festival Creative Producer and a Technical Production Manager. All installations will be marketed centrally by the Light Up Lancaster Festival & BID.