Lumen LightLab group in Blackpool

Lumen LightLab

Following an open call, we welcomed ten artists, all with a broad range of skills, onto the Lumen training programme in October 2020. 

The intention of the programme is to support local artists who want to develop light based work – with the hope that more opportunities can be given to home grown talent at future events.  

It began with two intensive days of training in Blackpool with professional artists, festival producers, curators and a private tour of  Lightworks (the illuminations depot), and The Lights exhibition at The Grundy Gallery as well as an overnight stay at the Art B&B. 

Since then, the group have received mentoring sessions to develop their ideas, and have been supported to apply for further funding to develop their creative practice.

All participants were invited to submit proposals to be considered for further development and the steering group were very impressed by how much energy and enthusiasm everyone brought to the process

We had the difficult task of choosing only three from the thirteen submitted, and the ones that were successful were felt to be the best fit for the funding available and the opportunity at hand.  Read more about the final three ideas below or see our mini exhibition about the project in the windows of the Market Hall from 11th December 2020.
Thank you to the steering group of:
  • Richard Williams, Manager of Blackpool Illuminations
  • Phil Holmes, Artistic Director Lightpool 
  • Carolyn Primett, Head of Arts, Blackpool Council
  • Janey Moran, Economic Development Manager, Cheshire East
  • Amy Lewis, Economic Development Manager, Cheshire East
  • Edwina Rigby, Events Manager, Crewe Town Council
Thanks also to the venues, Lightworks, Art B&B, The Grundy and the Market Hall, who worked with us so diligently to make sure we could deliver safely within the restrictions imposed by Covid-19.
The programme was conceived by Crewe Town Council with support from Lumen delivery partners Blackpool Council, and funded by a project grant from Arts Council England with additional financial support from Cheshire East Council.


The artists’ ideas chosen by the steering group to receive further development are below.  Each one will receive a commission fee, materials budget and mentoring sessions.

All Lumen LightLab Artists

What a talented bunch!  Have a look at their pages to find out more about their work.

Thanks to our funders

Lumen LightLab has been funded by a project grant from Arts Council England  and match funding from the Cheshire East Council Cultural Framework fund.  We are very grateful for their support and without these funds the programme would not be possible.

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