Blackpool Illuminations set for ‘dynamic’ new installations after funding success

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There is also a series of digital commissions to create new work for the promenade, The Blackpool Tower and St John’s Square.

Blackpool Illuminations
Blackpool Illuminations (Image: Getty Images)

Blackpool Illuminations will soon benefit from new installations after a successful funding bid.

The Arts Council has awarded £48k in national arts lottery award for an exciting new artists’ research and development programme.

This will lead to new works being created for the Blackpool Illuminations, Grundy Art Gallery and Lightpool Festival from 2021.

The programme includes working in collaboration with the Grundy Art Gallery and international artist Dr Chila Kumari Burman on a co-commission that will become part of the gallery’s contemporary light collection.

Ms Burman is celebrated for her radical feminist practice which examines representation, gender and cultural identity. She works across a wide range of mediums including printmaking, drawing, painting, installation and film.

Dr Chila Burman, Winter Commission for Blackpool Illuminations
Dr Chila Burman, Winter Commission for Blackpool Illuminations (Image: ©Tate 2020)

On working with Blackpool Illuminations and the Grundy, the artist said: ““I just can’t believe I’m going back to Blackpool after 40 years to see the lights again and I still can’t believe I’ll be exhibiting there. I’m lost for words!

““It’s gonna be a magical trip. I’ll make an astonishing dynamic piece.”

Paulette Brien, Curator at the Grundy added: “We are really looking forward to working with Chila this year. Her work is thoughtful yet playful, complex yet accessible and is characterised by a vibrancy that we know will excite and engage our audiences. “

Also as part of the programme, there will be an artist in residence at Lightworks, the bespoke factory and home of the world famous Blackpool Illuminations, and a series of digital commissions to create new work for the promenade, The Blackpool Tower and St John’s Square.

The new light installations created through this programme will be revealed during the Blackpool Illuminations season which runs from 3 September 2021 to 3 January 2022 and also Lightpool Festival which runs from 15-30 October 2021.

For further information, please go to visitblackpool.com/illuminations.