Call for Proposals - Light Nelson 2016

Light Nelson is a walk in the dark and a celebration of light.

The event will be primarily located in the Queen’s gardens and NMIT campus and the immediate surrounds.

Light Nelson reflects the artistic strengths and spirit of the Nelson community. It brings together technology, art, science and fantasy in the darkness of winter and installations offer a multi sensory experience celebrating light. Important elements are the use of new technology, environmental sustainability, delight, illusion, interaction and movement. The installation is not simply a lit form but must convey essential qualities of light.

In 2016 we are looking for both large and small scale installations. Successful projects shall utilise light, be achievable, fit for purpose and meet the aims of Light Nelson as outlined above.

The Light Nelson artist selection panel shall consider all submissions received. Selection will be based on design and relevance to the site. The draft budget will also be taken into consideration. Installation proposals should be durable and secure, at least for the duration of the five day event. Technical, and some financial support will be available.

We encourage installations that utilise new or alternative technologies (eg. solar power).

We encourage performance and collaborative projects; also those which involve community development and have social and/or educational outcomes.

The selected artists will be responsible for construction and installation of the artwork. We can provide advice regarding resource or building consents where appropriate. If engineering specifications are required these costs should be included in the proposed budget. Health and safety aspects should also be considered.

The selection process for projects for Light Nelson 2016 involves several steps.

1. Artist/s to complete the attached Proposal for Light Nelson 2016 Form in detail.

These will be considered by the Light Nelson artist selection panel and either gain provisional approval or be rejected.

2. Artist/s with provisional approval will then be asked to complete the Final Selection Form and to provide more detailed project information.

A decision will then be made to decide which projects will be accepted for inclusion.

3. Artist/s included in the Festival will be asked to sign a contract with Light Nelson.

Light Nelson is now calling for Proposals for Light Nelson 2016 and these may be submitted from 1st September 2015 onwards.

All applications must be in by 30th November 2015, 5pm.

Please deliver applications to: Brian Riley, Arthouse Architecture, 3 Haven Road, Nelson.

Or email application to the address below: Caroline Marshall,