Time is running out to submit proposals for Illuminate 2020

May 01, 2020

It was hard not to be inspired by the wonderful Illuminate festivals that took place across the UK last winter - and organisers are giving you the opportunity to be involved in this year's event in Plymouth.

During November 2019, a number of locations across the city were transformed by dazzling light installations as the festival officially launched the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

Thousands of people from across the city and beyond experienced impressive projections from international and local artists, as well as some fantastic pieces and performances - including the Tree of Memory from Xavi Bove.

The mesmerising Baitball water screen projections wowed the crowds at the Royal William Yard on opening night, before moving to Sutton Harbour for the next three days, while Fishco Disco danced over from the National Marine Aquarium to join in the fun.

Diva by Thomas Voillaume lit up The Secret Garden at RWY, while the wonderful Elizabethan Gardens at Mount Edgcumbe featured a new immersive event, allowing visitors to eavesdrop on rarely-told women's stories from across Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall including tales about American-born Lady Nancy Astor, who went on to become the UK’s first female Member of Parliament.

Now, emerging artists are being encouraged to follow in their footsteps and make a contribution to Illuminate Plymouth 2020 - but you don't have long to submit your proposal.

The creative and cultural industries are growing rapidly, enriching lives and creating rewarding jobs, and Illuminate is committed to supporting those who want to work through the medium of light.

Organisers are seeking emerging artists and makers who are passionate about light art and who wish to pursue a career in the creative economy, and want to hear from anyone who would like to be a part of this year's festival.

For 2020, the support for emerging artists includes business support, mentoring from industry professionals, access to specialist tech, space, an exhibition opportunity at the 2020 festival, and much, much more.

The deadline for all artist proposals for this year's Illuminate festival is midnight on Friday, 1 May 2020.

Find out how to submit your proposal here.

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