Lakes Ignite 2018 – Call for Art Commissions

Steve Messam's PaperBridge environmental artwork commission, Lakes Ignite 2015 Nocturnal Rainbow on Coniston for Lakes Ignite 2016 (photo Carl Whitham) Charles Monkhouse's Nocturnal Rainbow on Grasmere for Lakes Ignite 2016 Amy Sharrocks and Museum of Water during Lakes Ignite at Wray Castle Boat House, May 2016 Museum of Water at Wray Castle Boat House for Lakes Ignite 2016

Building on the success of Lakes Ignite 2015 and 2016, Lakes Culture is now seeking to commission new, unique artwork for Lakes Ignite 2018.

We are looking for projects that are innovative or artistically challenging


The full Lakes Ignite – Call for Art Commissions 2017-18 brief is available to download below.

About Lakes Culture

Lakes Culture is a consortium comprising the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal, Cumbria Tourism, Forestry Commission England, Lakeland Arts, Lake District National Park, Lake District Summer Music, National Trust, South Lakeland District Council, Theatre by the Lake in Keswick and the Wordsworth Trust.

Lakes Culture is delivering a Cultural Destinations project funded by Arts Council England. Our project ambition is to strengthen the relationship between the tourism and cultural sectors in the region to promote the Lake District as the UK’s leading rural cultural destination.

Lakes Ignite 2018 Commissions

Building on the success of the previous Lakes Ignite events in 2015 and 2016 we are now seeking to commission five unique works of visual art; they will be promoted collectively under the Lakes Ignite banner. We are looking for projects that are innovative or artistically challenging to raise the profile of the Lake District; to confound traditional perceptions of the cultural offer in area; and ultimately, to attract visitors from out of the county.

With the recent designation of the Lake District National Park as a new World Heritage Site for its cultural landscape, we would like the Lakes Ignite commissions to respond to the theme ‘Cultural Landscape’. The focus should relate to one or all of the three themes for which the inscription was given:

IDENTITY – the way man’s interaction with the landscape has shaped what we see today
INSPIRATION – a landscape that has inspired, and continues to inspire, artists, writers and visitors
CONSERVATION – a landscape that is worth preserving for future generations

Deadline for submissions: 1 September 2017

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