Do you have a bright idea for Lumiere 2023? We want to hear your proposal for a new light artwork that will transform Durham’s urban landscape for four nights.

Lumiere, the UK’s light art biennial, returns to Durham from 16-19 November and with it comes our national commissioning scheme, supported by EMG Solicitors. BRILLIANT is free to enter and offers the opportunity for up to six individuals or groups, aged 18+ to produce and exhibit an artwork using the medium of light.

As part of Artichoke’s ongoing commitment to the development of local creativity, up to three of the six BRILLIANT commissions are reserved for people who are currently living in or originally from the North East.

You don’t need to be a practising artist, or have any previous experience, you just need a brilliant idea!

BRILLIANT artists receive:

  • A fee of up to £1000
  • Support from an Artichoke Producer and Production Manager to realise the commissioned idea
  • Production/materials/fabrication/installation costs up to £7000

Applications will close at 23:59 on 19 February 2023.


Find out more about how to take part on the Lumiere website.

A neon tomato, watering can, flower and garden fork
Kaleidoscope, Northern Butterflies. Lumiere 2021. Photo by Matthew Andrews

“I’m glad we can once again showcase local, North-East creativity on a national platform and tell the stories of people from all walks of life across the UK. Artists who have been part of BRILLIANT have gone on to see their works shown at galleries and festivals around the world.”

~ Helen Marriage, Artistic Director of Artichoke ~

Artichoke (Producer of Lumiere) is committed to broadening the diversity of those working in the medium of light art. We encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented in our BRILLIANT alumni, including people of colour and people who identify as d/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent.

Getting help to apply

We are very happy to answer any questions. Please get in touch if you need:

  • Any help with completing your application
  • The information pack in a different format
  • To apply in a different format


Contact us

Phone: +44 20 7650 7611 



Thank you to EMG Solicitors, our BRILLIANT 2023 sponsor for their generous support. 

Lumiere is made possible through the support of commissioning body Durham County Council, Arts Council England and a host of funders and supporters.