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Exciting opportunity for local light artists at Southend LuminoCity

Local artists are being asked to submit bold and innovative designs for Southend LuminoCity 2023, with a grant of up to £10,000 available to make the design a reality.

Southend LuminoCity is set to return next year and will brighten up the winter sky from 16 to 18 February 2023. Southend-on-Sea City Council and Southend Tourism Partnership are working together to bring back the hugely successful light festival, which attracted over 200,000 visitors to the City.

For Southend LuminoCity 2023, a grant of up to £10,000 will be available to local emerging light artists to produce a new, unique installation that will amaze festivalgoers and showcase the City’s creative talent. Artists are asked to submit proposals for bold and innovative designs to be produced to compliment the City Centre’s architecture and infrastructure. The commission must be illuminated, bold, innovative, large-scale, weather resistant and robust.

The submissions will be judged by Southend Tourism Partnership board members. Entries will need to show that they have considered areas including visitor experience, quality, budget, and project management.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment, culture and tourism, said: “The first Southend LuminoCity in February was such an amazing event and brought many visitors to the City. I’m excited to replicate this success and what is going to make next year’s event even more special is the opportunity for local artists to showcase their work, so that we can highlight Southend’s creative sector with this specially designed commission.”

Jacqui Dallimore, chair of the Southend Tourism Partnership, said: “Southend has so many wonderful artists and we’re excited to work with them to create an installation unique to Southend on Sea. Southend Tourism Partnership is committed to raising Southend’s profile and putting on events that will bring residents and visitors to the City, boosting the local economy.”

More information and the application form can be found on the Southend LuminoCity website The submission deadline is Sunday 31 July 2022.


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