Project information

Support emerging talent at London Light Festival

BRILLIANT is a commissioning fund that gives new and emerging artists the chance to turn their ideas into an artwork. Working outdoors, with light as their medium, up to five people will have the opportunity to showcase their work at London Light Festival, the first ever to be staged in the capital.

February 2015 - February 2016

Charity information: Artichoke Trust

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  • Need


    Aspiring artists and designers often struggle to find opportunities to exhibit their work at major events. The BRILLIANT scheme gives anyone with a creative idea the chance to exhibit their work at London Light Festival. The scheme creates new opportunities and acts as a springboard and a major platform for those involved.


    Artichoke will offer up to five people the chance to build and exhibit their own installation at London Light Festival. All shortlisted applicants will receive a bursary to support the development of their idea, and have access to a dedicated producer from Artichoke to support them throughout the development process and the event itself.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support up to five new and emerging artists to produce an artwork for London Light Festival.


    » All BRILLIANT winners will be supported by a dedicated Producer from Artichoke throughout the development, build and final exhibition process.

    What success will look like

    The production of five high quality artworks as part of London Light Festival, resulting in further opportunities for each participant, will show the scheme has been successful.

    Aim 2

    To provide an opportunity for the winning artists to reach big audiences.


    » To work closely with the artists to develop their artworks .
    » To deliver an integrated Communications campaign in the run-up to London Light Festival, that will feature the BRILLIANT artists.
    » To feature the development of the BRILLIANT artists work on the Artichoke website and across our social media channels.

    What success will look like

    Success will be judged by the amount of the attention and media coverage received by the BRILLIANT artists, as well as how the audience respond to the artworks.

    Aim 3

    To nurture new talent, develop confidence and skills, enabling artists to pursue their ambitions.


    » To invite BRILLIANT artists to attend and/or take part in London Light Festival’s talks, events and/or conference.
    » To offer press and media opportunities where possible.
    » To enable the BRILLIANT artists to make the most of London Light Festival as an opportunity to network with arts professionals.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the outcomes achieved in terms of career progression and access to new opportunities.

  • Impact


    BRILLIANT is designed to allow participants to develop; acquiring a broader set of skills, expertise and contacts. It is an unrivalled opportunity to showcase work alongside that of more established artists, and we believe will lead to further opportunities to exhibit their work at other festivals in the UK and internationally. Former BRILLIANT winners have told us how the scheme ‘changed their life’ as it opened up a wealth of opportunities and gave them the confidence to practice as an artist.


    Artichoke will maintain a strong relationship with each of the participants to ensure their experience in the scheme is a positive one and the final artwork is of a high standard.


    If requested, Artichoke will send regular newsletters to donors, updating them on the progress of the BRILLIANT installations.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Salary Project Manager to run the Brilliant scheme
      £5,000 Production Development Fund inc. bursaries and feasibility tests
      £40,000 Production Commission Fund for up to 5 artworks
  • Background


    Central London will play host to BRILLIANT as part of London Light Festival, which will turn parts of the city into a spectacular outdoor art gallery with a raft of illuminations, projections and other artworks all using the medium of light.


    Primary beneficiaries will be the BRILLIANT artists, but also the audiences who will get to see new work.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Artichoke is recognised as one of the most innovative creative companies and a leading authority in the field of public art. The groundbreaking presentation of The Sultan’s Elephant in 2006 set the benchmark for our future productions, demonstrating that it was possible to be artistically ambitious, politically provocative, technically challenging, endlessly surprising and wildly popular. Since then, Artichoke has produced 11 events, continuously reinventing the cultural landscape.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Helen Marriage, Artistic Director And Founder

    Helen founded Artichoke with Nicky Webb in 2005. Accolades include the prestigious Loeb Fellowship at Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2012.

    Sarah Coop, Development Director

    Sarah has been successfully fundraising for arts organisations since 1984 having worked on capital campaigns for some of the biggest arts venues.

    Jennifer Crook, General Manager

    Jennifer has been working in arts production for over 10 years in key management roles at major performing arts festivals including Glastonbury.

‘Sometimes your life can change in a moment; the call for artists in 2011 certainly had a profound effect on mine.'

Mick Stephenson, BRILLIANT Winner and creator of ‘Fusion’, for Lumiere Durham 2011.