Christmas in June, city seeking artists for new Bright Lights Windsor

Bright Lights Windsor will be back at Jackson Park this Christmas, and the City wants local artists to enhance the spectacle.

City offering up to $70,000 for creative lighting displays

Calling all artists! Your light display could be used for next year's Bright Lights Windsor festival. (Chris Ensing/CBC)

Bright Lights Windsor will be back at Jackson Park this Christmas, and the City wants local artists to enhance the spectacle.

It's offering $70,000 for the creation of several new lighting displays.

"The main piece would be within the sunken garden, and there are four smaller tulip beds around where the huge beautiful Christmas tree was located, and so we would like for a piece for each one of those four beds that is complementary," said Cathy Masterson, the City's manager of cultural affairs.

Masterson said the City is prepared to pay a bit more for these than it would for similar items it could buy "off the shelf," because they are original creations.

"They can be matching. They can be identical. They can be sympathetic to each other in that space, and then in the area that we consider the forest of Jackson Park, we're looking for two other pieces," she said.

Calling all artists!

Artists have until June 22 to send in their ideas, and the winner will be announced on July 13.

The City said the competition is open to artists in the city or within Essex County, and individuals or a group of collaborators can apply. 

Here is some of the selection criteria:

  • 25 per cent visual impact for the "wow" factor
  • 25 per cent creativity of approach
  • 25 per cent technical capacity (durability and maintenance requirements, understanding of project and methodology)
  • 25 per cent experience (capacity to plan and execute a large scale public art installation; quality of work as demonstrated in the documentation of past work)

You can find more details about project guidelines here, and you can find an application here

For information, call 311 or visit the Call to Artists page on the City website.


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