LIT: Call out for artists, creatives & community groups to illuminate the District

A winter arts exhibition is being planned for Bradford district.

Starting in December and running through to March 2021, LIT will see light installations shine from locations across the district including front gardens, shopping centres and mill rooftops.   

The exhibition will include around half a dozen large-scale light artworks and installations from creatives and around 26 smaller-scale exhibits.

Bradford Council, working with partners including Bradford BID, Ilkley BID, Keighley BID, Bradford 2025, Bradford Producing Hub, The LEAP Bradford and Shipley and Bingley Town Councils, will fund and support the creation of the displays. Grants of between £10,000 and £15,000 are available for artists and creatives to produce large works. Creatives and community groups are invited to apply for grants of up to £1,500 for the smaller creations in their locality.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “Art and culture has an important role to play in the health and wellbeing of us all across Bradford district.

“We are in complex times with many restrictions in place due to the pandemic  but this does not mean we can’t have moments of surprise, joy and pride in Bradford.

“Knowing how much residents appreciate public art, we’re looking forward to seeing the eye-catching proposals that come forward from our arts community to brighten up the district this winter.

“We all enjoy the annual Diwali and Christmas lights, which we will put up again this year, but this initiative is in addition to our celebration of religious festivals.”

The LIT project follows the council’s RESPONSE grant programme which  launched in April and enabled more than 50 arts projects to happen across the district during Lockdown.

Details of submission requirements and how to apply for the grants can be found on Bradford Council’s website

The deadline for applications is October 30, 2020.

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