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Call for Artist Submissions - Light Nelson 2020

Light Nelson 2020

Job details

Light Nelson
1 Nov 2019
Nelson / Tasman
Work type
Call for entries
Work classification
Digital & Technology, Screen & Sound, Visual Arts


Since its inception in 2013, Light Nelson has become one of Nelson’s largest and favourite biennial events, enticing thousands of people to venture out on a dark winter’s night.
The fifth Light Nelson event will be held from the 3rd – 7th July 2020, open to the public between 5.30 – 9.30 pm each evening.

Installations must convey essential qualities of light

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.

More venues around Nelson

Due to the events popularity and the huge volume of people attending each year, the creative team has made a conscious decision to shift more installations into the Nelson CBD utilising key sites of the inner city, Laneways and urban spaces for the 2020 event.

To help stimulate some creative response we have provided more detailed information on some of these key sites in the interactive map below.

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.

Selection of Art Works

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 as well as those ; also those which that involve involving community development and with a focus on 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. The health and safety of our contributing artists and the public is a priority for Light Nelson so please carefully consider all aspects of your project from creation, installation and dismantling of your work.

We look forward to seeing your ideas!

How to apply

Please complete the application form on the Light Nelson website

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Light Nelson

9 Sep 2019