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Bluedot Festival Open Call for Commissions, with Light Night Leeds



Bluedot is inviting artists to apply to create one of two new commissions for the festival in 2019. The first commission will be awarded in partnership with Light Night Leeds with artists being expected to create a commission that explores light art and interactivity. Successful artist applicants of both commissioning levels will receive funding, publicity around their commission and support from the festival's production team and Creative Director to realise their idea. This opportunity is open to artists at any level of their career, and anybody residing in the UK is eligible to apply. We welcome proposals from artists who wish to develop an existing work, as well as proposals for new pieces of artwork.

Bluedot festival is committed to promoting equality and diversity across our programme and we actively encourage applications from artists of any ethnicity, gender and irrespective of any disability.

We are particularly interested in light art, digital artwork and installation work that:

  1. Has a sufficient scale and impact in the setting of bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre and Light Night Leeds.
  2. Is visible at night, as well as during the day as the artwork will be showcased in a predominantly after-hours area.
  3. Encourages interaction and exploration of the work.


Commission Levels

Bluedot festival will be awarding two new commissions in 2019: 

1 x Co-commission with Light Night Leeds / £10 000

1 x Support commission / £5000


Artists are invited to submit proposals until 5pm on 15th April 2019 via an online application form

For more information on how to apply, the commissioning process or any other questions about the commission please contact Amy Grundy. 

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Open Artist Series: Community Building & DIY Networks


The next event in our Open Artist Series will take place at Manchester’s most exciting new music venue YES – with a focus on ‘community’.

Aimed at musicians in the early stages of their career, you’ll get the chance to hear from and chat to other emerging musicians, established artists and industry professionals including:

  • Adrian McNally (The Unthanks)
  • Steve Pycroft (Riot Jazz, Kaleidoscope Orchestra)
  • Girl Gang Manchester
  • Dan Valentine

In a relaxed and informal setting, together you’ll explore:

  • How to build a music scene, or join an existing one
  • How to exist as an artist, even when you’re in an isolated area
  • How to create your own space, and fill it


  • 9:30 – Registration
  • 10:00 – 14:30  – Event (full agenda tbc)
  • 14:30 onwards – Social in the YES bar

The Open Artist Series is part of a three-year programme supported by Help Musicians UK. Through a series of events, mentoring opportunities and showcases, it will support emerging musicians to make a career in music – encouraging and enabling them to become innovators in their own careers, and active contributors to a fairer and more sustainable music industry.

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Manchester based women we need you!




We are running a verbatim project with the women of Greater Manchester for our show MOTHERLOGUES. If you have a story to tell, whether its being a mum, losing a mum or struggling to become a mum, then get in touch! We are looking for women to come forward and tell us your relationship 'motherhood' - are you adopting? Are you going thorugh IVF? Are you a surrogate mother? Perhaps you choose to be childfree or maybe you've been forced to be childless? What is your story? TELL US!! 

Matriarchal Meet Up!


A safe space for the women of Greater Manchester to meet and discuss all things female!

Ahead of our show 'MOTHERLOGUES', we want to collate the stories of the women of Manchester in order to create the show. This session will be an opportunity for local women to meet, discuss, share, laugh, cry, empathise, learn, engage with other women from all walks of life as we delve into the Matriarchy of Manchester!

Its completely free to attend and you can share as much or as little as you'd like! There is no obligation to "entertain" - please just come, sit and be.

And if you have a babe in arms, please do bring them along! Although be aware that some topics of conversation are not suitable for young audiences.

Any questions, drop us an email on

Music at the Museum with Firefly Burning


If you’re 16-25, working towards a music career and want to be inspired this summer – join experimental folk rock band Firefly Burning for ‘Music at the Museum’ – a week-long residency of collaborative songwriting and music-making.

Taking inspiration from the incredible collections at Manchester Museum, you’ll spend five days from 8-12 July writing, creating and performing new music under the artistic guidance of award-winning artists John Barber and James Redwood from the band Firefly Burning.

You’ll get the chance to:

  • Gain an insight into the creative processes of established artists
  • Collaborate with other musicians
  • Develop your songwriting, arranging and performance skills
  • Perform in a special twilight gig at Manchester Museum on Thu 12 July

“When you collaborate, you end up making music which is far greater than the sum of its parts. The final performance will feature the new music we make on the project alongside songs from our new album. It’s going to be a totally immersive week and we can’t wait!” – Firefly Burning


Application info

To apply you should be:

  • 16-25 years old
  • Working towards a career in music
  • Based in Greater Manchester, Cheshire or Merseyside
  • Available between Sun 8 Jul – Thu 12 Jul

Deadline: Monday 11 June, midnight

Applicants must apply online*.

All applicants will be notified on or around Friday 15 June.

Participants will receive £10 per day to help towards the cost of travel and food.

For more information about this project please contact Lucy Wallace on or call 0161 830 3899.

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the application in a different format or have difficulty completing your application online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.

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Shine Emerging Artist Programme


The SHINE programme aims to nurture and develop new talent, giving artists the opportunity to exhibit or perform new work at 5 of the LUTN festivals (Light Night Leeds, Lightwaves at Salford Quays, Enchanted Parks in Gateshead, Light Up Lancaster and LightPool in Blackpool). Up to four artists or collectives will be awarded bursaries of up to £4,000 each to realise their new artwork. The artwork has to be suitable for a winter light festival, artistically challenging/interesting and of high quality, have a strong element of digital/technology within its design, and be resilient enough to withstand the winter weather at multiple festivals (September - December) and transportation across our festival network.

As well as financial support, each artist will also receive training and mentoring from across the LUTN partnership. We will work directly with commissioned artists to create a bespoke package suitable to their development, which could include setting up as a professional artist, marketing, finance, production, risk assessments or event management. 

To be eligible to apply to the SHINE programme you must be an artist who is perceived as an emerging talent (regardless of age) with the ability to achieve their ideas to a high quality. We are specifically looking for artists that involve digital technology in the making and outcome of their proposal. Please read the full information and FAQs before submitting your application via CuratorSpace.


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