AN ART festival has launched its search for those who will help it shine when it makes its return.
Organisers of Lumiere Durham have decided to relaunch its Brilliant programme following its success as part of the celebration of light, which was held for the second time in 2011.
This year’s festival will run from Thursday, November 14, to Sunday, November 17, and will again be produced by arts organisation Artichoke and backed by Durham County Council and Arts Council England.
The last festival, which followed on from its debut in 2009, attracted more than 150,000 people who saw works including an illuminated waterfall, a giant snowdome built around the statue of The Marquess of Londonderry in the Market Place and a fire garden set up inside the cathedral.
Works set up as part of Brilliant featured one by Durham-based builder Mick Stephenson made up of everyday objects lit up by colourful LEDs, which was displayed in the Walkergate entertainment complex.
Mick said: “Brilliant was a fabulous opportunity for me to explore my ideas, and gave me the confidence and inspiration I needed to continue to make art. Artichoke was really supportive and whole experience has been really satisfying.
“I’d say to everyone who has an idea for Lumiere, go on, be brave and give it a go.”
Helen Marriage, co-director of Artichoke, added: “Brilliant adds a wonderful dimension to Lumiere, and we’re delighted that it is part of the festival again.
“So often, it is the simplest idea that has the greatest impact and we’re always on the lookout for these extra special possibilities for the festival.
“We were so impressed by all the creative ideas submitted to Brilliant in 2011, and are looking forward to seeing more North Eastern creativity in response to this open call for Brilliant 2013.”
The council’s cabinet member for economic regeneration, Councillor Neil Foster, said: “We are extremely excited about the return of Lumiere and Brilliant is a perfect example of how local artists can benefit directly from the opportunities these events bring.
“I am sure the possibility of taking part in such a world class festival will be highly sought after and rightly so.”
Applicants are asked to submit ideas, together with an estimated budget, by Friday, February 15.
Winning commissions will receive funding and practical support from Artichoke and will be judged by the council, cathedral and Artichoke.
Details about how to apply can be found at www.lumiere-festival.com/brilliant
The programme for the festival will be announced in June.