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Festival of Lights looking for artists for new display

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Dec 12, 2013 10:33 am

The Airdrie Festival of Lights is looking for public input on a new light display and is asking artists to submit proposals by March. 15, 2014. Organizers recommend artists visit the festival before completing submissions to get an idea of what the festival looks like and how people react to and interact with the light displays. The event runs throughout the month of December and features more than one million lights.
The Airdrie Festival of Lights is looking for public input on a new light display and is asking artists to submit proposals by March. 15, 2014. Organizers recommend artists visit the festival before completing submissions to get an idea of what the festival looks like and how people react to and interact with the light displays. The event runs throughout the month of December and features more than one million lights.
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The Airdrie Festival of Lights Society is hoping to incorporate some public input on their newest light display and is looking for artists ages 16 and older to submit proposals.

“It’s something we’ve talked about for many years,” said Robert Abbott, former society president and current member.

He said they put the call out for submissions this year because the society has the support and expertise of Creative Airdrie and it seemed like a good time to have a display designed locally.

“It is a natural fit for Creative Airdrie because the Airdrie Festival of Lights is part of the culture in Airdrie,” said Sherry Shaw-Froggatt, vice chair for Creative Airdrie.

All submitted designs should take into account the requested theme and create a new light display with a locomotive design theme.

“We have two trains and they are a central part of the festival experience,” Abbott said of the theme.

He recommends artists visit the festival, running every evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Dec. 31, to understand the colours, structures and formats of the current displays so their design would fit in with what the festival is all about.

Shaw-Froggatt recommends designers consider the way visitors interact and react to the light displays while they create their submission.

“Artists should take a wander and see how they’d position their design in terms of what they see now,” Abbott said.

Designs may incorporate animation elements and must clearly indicate colour placement of lights, which are limited to red, yellow, white, green, blue and purple.

A full list of design criteria and contest details can be found on Creative Airdrie’s website at www.creativeairdrie.ca

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014 with the winner being announced at the Airdrie Festival of Lights Society annual general meeting in May 2014.

Five semi-finalists will receive a $100 honorarium and the winning designer will receive $1,000 to use as they wish.

“Take the chance to have your work exposed to about 50,000 visitors per year,” Abbott said.

“I think this is a great way for artists to do something. This is a public art piece and will be around for years,” Shaw-Froggatt said.


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