Artists will experiment with light at the Lancaster Festival

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The LIGHTLAB program is an opportunity for early and mid-career artists to develop expertise in light-based and digital work for light festivals, and this year six artists have been selected to visit Light Up Lancaster for find inspiration.

While in Lancaster, they will meet the festival’s artistic director, producer and local artists, tour the festival and participate in a panel discussion.

They will also attend a workshop with artist Dan Fox, whose projector bikes were showcased at last year’s event, to learn about the practicalities of creating light art installations, like making sure they are sturdy and secure.

Sara Blackburn, one of the guest artists at LIGHTLAB in Lancaster in November.

“LIGHTLAB2022 attracted a very high level of applications, which underscored the importance of the program for emerging light artists,” said Light Up Lancaster producer George Harris.

“The importance and value of light art festivals in creating high quality, free, family-friendly and accessible art experiences cannot be overstated. Over the past 10 years, the number of light art festivals has grown year on year in response to public demand and their success has been a clear statement that they offer great art for all.

“LIGHTLAB is the perfect program to develop the best new light art talent to meet this growing demand and it’s great to have so many young artists interested in being at the forefront of the industry.”

All but one of the artists are based in the North, which is fitting given that LIGHTLAB is run by Light Up the North, a network of light festivals taking place in towns across northern England.

Gold, a light art installation by Teleri Lea that will be exhibiting at LIGHTLAB in November.

Selected artists will have visited Light Night Leeds before arriving in Lancaster.

This year, Light Up Lancaster will take place on November 4th and 5th. Although wristbands are required to view the Fireworks Spectacular from the official viewing areas (Giant Ax and Quay Meadow), the display can also be enjoyed from various vantage points across the city – if you can see the castle, you can see the fireworks!

For questions about the festival contact Lancaster Visitor Information Centre: 01524 582394, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. E-newsletters are available via https://www.lightuplancaster.co.uk/ and the latest updates can be viewed on social media.

The Colourist’s Bothy by Louise Hare, one of the artists chosen to participate in LIGHTLAB during Light Up Lancaster.
Cat Scott, one of the artists participating in LIGHTLAB. Pictured with some of his light art. Photo by Karol Wyszynski, Bradford 2025.
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