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BRILLIANT is a national commissioning scheme aimed at encouraging anyone living in the UK (aged 18+) to suggest their brightest idea for an artwork using the medium of light to be produced and exhibited at Lumiere.

The scheme aims to encourage creativity across the UK as well as highlighting brilliant ideas from people living in or originally from the North East. Artichoke (Producer of Lumiere) is committed to broadening the diversity of those working in the medium of light art. We encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented in our BRILLIANT alumni, including people of colour and people who identify as d/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent.

Successful applicants are supported by Artichoke with the production costs and technical expertise to create and install their artwork and will receive a fee.

You don’t need to be a practising artist, or have any previous experience to apply. You just need a brilliant idea!

Explore our artwork archive to see past BRILLIANT artworks and get some inspiration.


There is no set theme for BRILLIANT. We want to see your best and most inspired idea for an artwork using light. The Lumiere programme is always diverse and ambitious, so be bold and think outside the box.


Consider ways that you could make your artwork more environmentally friendly such as using sustainable technology or recycled materials. We also encourage you to consider how to dispose, recycle or re-home your artwork sustainably with our guidance after it is displayed at Lumiere.


You do not need a location in mind for your artwork to make an application. If your idea is successful, our producers will work with you and advise on spaces and locations in Durham City. Permissions for the use of each site will be secured by Artichoke after the BRILLIANT commissions are selected.


Who can apply?

  • Anyone aged over 18
  • Anyone currently living in the UK

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from:

  • Individuals who are currently living in or are originally from the North East and are local to Durham

Those who are under-represented in our BRILLIANT alumni, particularly:

  • Those who identify as a person of colour
  • Those who identify as a person who is d/Deaf, disabled or neurodivergent

As part of Artichoke’s ongoing commitment to the development of local creativity, up to three of the six BRILLIANT commissions are reserved for people who are currently living in or originally from the North East.

BRILLIANT artists receive:

  • A fee of up to £1000
  • Support from an Artichoke Producer and Production Manager to realise the idea
  • Production/materials/fabrication/installation costs up to £7000
  • Artichoke will pay for the costs of event management and security associated with your installation
  • Bespoke professional development, including ongoing mentoring and advice after Lumiere
  • An international platform to exhibit your artwork. Lumiere is attended by hundreds of thousands of people and receives significant coverage from local, national and international media
  • Introduction to appropriate networks to support future exhibitions and showings of your artwork

EMG Solicitors returned as the key sponsor of the BRILLIANT national commissioning scheme for Lumiere 2023. EMG Solicitors is a growing firm based in Durham that has supported Lumiere events since 2017.

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