HOME-BRED artists have been chosen to create pieces of work for a spectacular festival of light.
Four artists have been selected after 60 ideas were submitted to the team behind Lumiere, which will return to Durham in November.
The first celebration attracted 75,000 people over its four-night run, generating £1.5million for the economy.
In preparation of this year’s event, organiser Artichoke has teamed up with the NewcastleGateshead Initiative to launch Brilliant, which is seeking out local people to put their own stamp on the programme.
Durham building firm boss Mick Stephenson, who runs a small design and construction company and trained at Sunderland University, is beginning to develop his project.
The 54-year-old has previous experience of working on music festivals and has a background audio-visuals. His work for Lumiere will involve making a piece out of a yet-to-be revealed product which usually hits the landfill in its millions every day.
He will be joined by Bethan Maddocks, who was born in County Durham and is a graduate of New College Durham and Northumbria University.
She has previously worked the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art among others and is teaming up with theatre artist Verity Quinn.
They will work with rural communities in the county to uncover hidden stories which will become the inspiration of their work.
Others selected are Paul Goodfellow, who runs a degree in motion graphics and animation design at Northumbria University, and Deadgood, a Newcastle-based trio of designers, who will create a work inspired by a natural weather phenomenon.
Council leader Coun Simon Henig said: “The selection of proposals for the local element of Lumiere is another milestone on the exciting journey towards this year’s festival, which promises to leave a lasting legacy for our community and economy.”
Earlier this year, Artichoke made a successful bid to the European Union for a three-way collaboration involving Lumiere and light festivals in Poland and Estonia.
It is the first time County Durham is to receive funding from the European Commission’s Culture Programme.
Lumiere has been commissioned by Durham County Council and is supported by Arts Council England and will run from Thursday, November 17, to the following Sunday.