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SHINE Emerging Artist Programme 2021




Light Up the North (LUTN) is a network of 6 light festivals across the north of England. In 2021, four of the festivals are joining together to award funding to emerging artists working with light, to produce and exhibit new commissions at  their 2021 light festivals. 

The SHINE programme aims to nurture and develop new talent, giving artists the opportunity to exhibit or perform new work at four of the LUTN festivals (Light Night Leeds, Light Up Lancaster, Lightwaves at Salford Quays and Lightpool in Blackpool). Up to two artists or collectives will be awarded substantial commissions of up to £10K to realise ambitious new artworks.  Some basics - the artwork(s) will need to:

Be suitable for outdoor winter light festivals

Be artistically challenging/interesting and of high quality

Be structurally resilient enough to withstand the winter weather at multiple festivals (October - December) and transportation across our festival network

For 2021, the successful commissions will also need to:

Focus on environmental sustainability in their design and embody best practice in their delivery

Be of mid/large scale – we are encouraging ambitious proposals

Be created for audiences to enjoy/experience even with social distancing  restrictions in operation

As well as financial support, each artist will also receive a full induction to the programme, as well as training and mentoring from across the LUTN partnership. We will work directly with commissioned artists to support their development, with guidance in areas such as marketing, finance, production, risk assessments and fundraising. This will all be delivered safely following government pandemic guidelines.

To be eligible to apply to the SHINE programme you must be a UK-based artist who is perceived as an emerging talent (regardless of age) with the ability to achieve their ideas to a high quality. Please read the full information and FAQs before submitting your application via

The deadline for submissions is 5pm Tuesday May 4 2021

Useful Information

What can you create?

We are specifically looking for artists with bold, fresh ideas that may also have the potential as light artworks to be enjoyed as a ‘roaming’ or ‘multi-site’ experience for audiences.  Proposals must be for work of a contemporary nature, possibly utilising digital technology, where the creative use of light is the basis for the idea.  The  artwork needs to be weather-proof, able to withstand strong winds, be structurally sound (if applicable) and be suitable for presenting outdoors at our locations and timescales.  We are especially interested in work which can cater for large socially distanced audiences, and activities or events which are accessible to families.

The LUTN festivals where you will be exhibiting:

Light Night Leeds (Leeds) –

Lightpool (Blackpool) -

Light Up Lancaster (Lancaster) -

Lightwaves (Quays Culture at Salford Quays) –

The festival programmes vary and their themes for 2021 are quite broad and you will not be expected to specifically address them. For example, Light Night Leeds has a wrap around theme of ‘nature and the environment’ while Light Up Lancaster’s ‘Flights of the Imagination’ simply invites artists to do just that and transport us all into a magical never-never land through light art.

NB Each festival will provide standard infrastructure support for your arriving artwork, however all artists fees and artwork production costs must be factored into your commission award.

How we assess your application

A panel of LUTN partners involved with curating SHINE 2021 will assess all applications.  We aim to ensure the selected commission(s) will be high-quality work and afford the best experience for artists, audience members and locations.  They will assess the applications based on 4 areas:

Artistic quality – the strength & quality of the idea and the artist’s previous work.

Public experience- who it is aimed at and how will the public engage with it?

Financial viability – can all elements of the activity be delivered effectively within budget?

Project management - can the piece be created within the time available?  Is the work durable enough for the festival dates? What materials are you using when considering the environmental impact and outdoor display?

When will you find out?

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday May 4 2021.  We will shortlist and arrange interviews with artists where applicable in the 2 weeks following, with a provisional interview dates during w/c Monday May 17 2021.

Things to consider when completing your application:

Be clear about your project aims and the artistic idea behind the work.  How can you demonstrate quality through examples of your previous work?

Be specific about who your work is aimed at.  Can the public engage with your work in an interesting way while social distancing? What do you want the audience to get out of your work, and what impact will it have?

Demonstrate how your project can be realised for the budget available. If you require match or additional finance for your project let us know which funding schemes or sponsorship you plan to apply for.  (Please bear in mind that the festivals are partly funded through Arts Council England and you therefore may not be eligible for additional funding through any of their schemes.)

Give a clear indication of how your project will be managed from start to finish including the type of location(s) you would like to use and how work will be delivered on the night.

Each festival is currently in planning phase for 2022 so we are always interested to hear of exciting, distinctive proposals from artists that are likely to exceed the available budget for SHINE 2021 and/or require a longer development period.


Our festival activities generally take place in the evenings, for the dates/periods listed below. You must produce an artwork that can exhibit for this period of time and tour to all 4 of the commissioning light festivals. You will also need to consider your install / de-rig schedule.

Leeds: 14 – 16 October for Light Night Leeds

Blackpool: 15 - 30 October for Lightpool

Lancaster: 5 & 6 Nov for Light Up Lancaster

Salford: 3 - 12 December for Lightwaves

Note: There is a small overlap in dates for the Leeds and Blackpool light festivals. As such, Blackpool has agreed to flexibility in dates for presenting the SHINE commission(s) there.


The SHINE commission will include all artist fees and materials. If needed, you can apply for match funding from other sources, but ensure you have planned and prepared to do this.  Funding will be given to artists based on the quality of their idea and will need to include all technical, installation, operational and material costs, although reasonable travel and transportation costs will be considered separately .  Accommodation can be provided by the host festivals if required. Other costs such as meals and general overheads must be factored into the commission.

Terms and conditions.

By applying to be a SHINE artist you agree:

Your project/activity will be ready for exhibition at all four 2021 festivals

Your work is deliverable within the timescale of the programme and will be delivered on budget.

To attend an initial induction, production meetings and site visits where reasonably required.

You must have relevant Public Liability Insurance for your activity, to a minimum £10 million cover.

To supply, in advance, copy and images for marketing purposes as and when required

To provide evaluation feedback on completion of the commissioning fund, in line with the framework provided


We can offer successful applicants:

Production advice and practical support, including technical and producing support

Training and mentoring

On-site production support including security, event staff and volunteer stewards

Profiling through festival PR and marketing campaigns

Key Project Dates:

Tuesday May 4  - Deadline for submissions

w/c Monday May 17 - Interviews for shortlisted artist(s)

w/c Monday June 21 – SHINE induction day – potentially via Zoom

July – September - Development period for commission(s)

14 – 16 October - Light Night Leeds, Leeds

15 – 30 October – Lightpool, Blackpool

5 – 6 November - Light Up Lancaster

3 – 12 December - Lightwaves, Salford Quays

Dec 2021/Jan 2022 – Evaluation

NB: SHINE commission(s) are subject to each festival receiving Arts Council England funding


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Open Call: Publication Opportunity for Emerging Artists in Volume 14




Apply to have your work considered to be published in Volume 14 by Friend of the Artist and for an online exhibition through ArtiStellar. To live up to our mission of '"elevating emerging artists", we will ship this volume to over 50 galleries and art institutions. Accepted artists will also have a written statement about their works by an arts writer and have a 4-page spread of their work.

We are fortunate to have some fantastic jurors. Volume 14 will be guest juried by Adele Smejkal, Angeliki Kim Jonsson, Nina Blumberg, Federica Fiumelli, and Sofia Carreira-Wham.


Accepted artists will work closely with FOA in the bookmaking process. Each artist will have at least four-pages dedicated to their work, and a short essay written about their work by an arts writer. Volume 14 will release late 2021.

Artists will also receive a complimentary digital copy of the publication, post on social media, and a discount on books for family and friends.



June 6, 2021 (midnight, CST)


Submission Fee

Early submission: $25 (before April 17, 2021)
Regular submission: $35


Eligible Artists

Artists of all academic disciples are welcome to apply. This includes painting, sculpture, photography, installation, and performance art. Works must be submitted in a printable format.



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Any type of art form

21 and up


1 month stay at Mauser EcoHouse Artist Residency-Costa Rica  (August 2021)

Shared co-ed room accommodations 

Continental self serve breakfast, vegetarian dinner Monday thru Friday (lunch is not provided or weekend meals). Includes a combination of some of the following: eggs, beans, rice, bread, butter, fruit, granola, oatmeal, plantains, potatoes, yogurt, coffee, tea and sugar

Access to fully equipped kitchen with cold press Breville juicer, croc pots, rice maker, Vitamix, food processor, and coffee makers (drip, French press, percolator)

Bins in kitchen and refrigerator for artist’s private food

1.5 acres of charming, green, outdoor studio space

Weekly trip to the local bakery/fruit and veggie stands/grocery store

Organic produce delivery truck once a week

Free Wifi (Note: Wifi may not be available 24/7 due to the location of the residency)

Pick up and drop off SJO airport or nearby hotel (Pickup/Drop for August 1st and 31st) Note: If you arrive before or after these dates there is a centrally located hotel called Selina Hostel in San Jose. Use our promo code: MauserFoundation. See more information on

Bed linens and towels laundered and room cleaned weekly

We offer beach days/tours for a additional cost

Main Studio 20’x 22’  with up to 4 spaces available, natural light, large wooden doors with view to backyard gardens

Studio spaces available on covered veranda overlooking jungle

Work Equipment: power tools; drills, electric saws, Dremel, hammers, wrenches, screw drivers, machetes, easels, 6ft. x 2.5 ft. work tables, and comfortable chairs


Airfare to and from Costa Rica (SJO)

Medical and travel insurance

Lunches, all meals on weekends


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8th Annual Texas Juried Exhibition | Opening Reception




Artspace111 is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 8th annual Artspace111 Texas Juried Exhibition, juried by Caleb Bell, Curator at the Tyler Museum of Art. The competition includes eligibility for 2D and 3D artwork. The exhibition will be open July 10th through August 28th with an opening reception on the evening of July 17th. Due date for entries is Monday, May 24th. Contemporary 2D and 3D works that follow the requirements detailed in the prospectus are eligible for acceptance, artwork selected by the juror from the eligible submissions will be included in the Texas Juried Exhibition at Artspace111 and are eligible for cash awards. A total of $5000 will be awarded to the best works in show, and the first prize will include the opportunity to exhibit at Artspace111 in a separate solo or group exhibition in 2021-2022.

*ALL ENTRANTS* will have the option to be included in the Texas Now Online Showcase 2021. After a succesful pilot program, Artspace111 will include all entrants to the juried exhibition in an online showcase where the artwork can be collected online by Texas art collectors! 

Prize summary: 
A total of $5000 will be awarded to the best works in show.
Prizes Details: 

A total of $5000 will be awarded to the best works in show, and the first prize will include the opportunity to exhibit at Artspace111 in a separate solo or group exhibition in 2021-2022.

 Selected artists invited to exhibit in the Texas Juried Exhibition in July 2021.
Cash prizes totaling $5000 including "Best In Show" and special jury awards.

Best In Show Award - $2,000 prize, and an opportunity to participate in an Artspace111 exhibition in 2021 - 2022. 


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Call for Submissions BIPOC LGBTQIA+ and Allies





Call for submissions for an anthology on the experiences of BIPOC LGBTQIA+ persons and allies on reconciling their faith, gender identity and sexuality. Submissions are accepted starting April 1-July 31, 2021. The following submissions will be accepted: art, photograghy, poems, fiction, non-fiction, short stories, comics, sermons, essays.



  1. There is no entry fee
  2. All submitted works must be unpublished
  3. We do not accept simultaneous submissions, let us know immediately if your work is published or accepted elsewhere.
  4. All submissions must include a short and current bio, pen name, physical address, email address, and phone number
  5. All work must be your own.
  6. Prose Format- Submit your work in MS Word (.doc, .docx) or Open Office format. Use 12 font, double spaced, Times New Roman with one- inch margins. Please include your name within the footer of the document. Limit of 5000 words.
  7. Art Format- Up to four high resolution files preferably within JPEG (.jpg) or PNG (.png) format, 900-1500 pixels wide, 300 dpi or greater. We reserve the right edit or crop submissions to fit the page.
  8. Each artist will be compensated $25 for every published work


Terms and Agreement

The anthology retains first publishing rights on works published in print or online, with non-exclusive rights to reproduce, display, and or distribute the submission(s) as a part of the anthology in electronic format. Publishing rights revert back to the submitter, twelve months after initial publication.

Only submissions submitted electronically via email to will be accepted. All submitters will receive a response with the status of their acceptance or non-acceptance within 60 days.

Prize summary: 
Each artist will be compensated $25 for every published work
Prizes Details: 

Each artist will be compensated $25 for every published work


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Earth Photo





Earth Photo is an international competition and exhibition created by Forestry England and the Royal Geographical Society. 

Artists are encouraged to submit photographs and videos that tell stories about the natural world, its breath-taking beauty, and its ever-growing fragility. 

The shortlisted photographers and videographers will show their work in the Earth Photo exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society in London (from 28 June to 30 August) and on a national tour to three Forestry England forests (from 28 June 2021 to 24 April 2022). They will also have the chance to win cash prizes in each of the categories.

As Earth Photo is highly-respected in the field of nature photography, shortlisted photographers also have the chance to see their work published by news outlets such as the BBC, the Guardian, El Espectador, and magazines like Geographical, Vice, Digital Photographer, and National Geographic.

To take part in the 2021 edition of Earth Photo, photographers and videographers are encouraged to enter via a dedicated online portal: They can submit up to 10 images and/or short films in the following categories: People, Place, Nature, Changing Forests and A Climate of Change.

The exhibition and awards will be selected by a judging panel made up of experts from the fields of photography, film, geography, and ecology, including distinguished curators, environmentalists, writers and artists, and chaired by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Marissa Roth. 

Entry portal:

Deadline: Tuesday 4 May 2021, 5pm

Prize summary: 
Show your work on a national tour and win cash prizes.

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
£15 for 10 images
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