Take Part in Scarborough Lights 2024


Whether you’re a professional artist, creative or community group, if you have an idea for a light installation for the second edition of Scarborough Lights, you can apply to be part of the festival.

Scarborough Lights 2024 will take place from November to December at various locations in the town centre. It will be an inclusive festival, taking place in the pre-Christmas period, but not necessarily Christmas-themed, featuring a variety of free and affordable light shows, installations and community activities.

We aim to inspire, celebrate and showcase local creativity and also feature national and international artists too. We are looking for a variety of artists, creatives and community groups to be part of the festival, creating new or existing work and developing networks and activities within the town. 

The Scarborough Fair is seeking to commission light art installations for Scarborough Lights, to promote the cultural product of Scarborough and brighten up the town in the winter months, pre-Christmas. This is part of a wider work plan to come together to promote tourism and local enjoyment for Scarborough during The Scarborough Fair.


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Project Brief

A detailed guidance document can be downloaded here.

There are four project areas which proposals can be submitted for:


Indoor light installations

£1,000 – £5,000                  

We are looking for proposals for both large and small light installations, to place within churches and other buildings across Scarborough. In your proposal, you can state locations for which you think it could be suitable. Light artworks can be physical constructions or projected work. If projected, the cost must include the projector. If projection is used, it should take into account the unique nature of the architecture of the location used, and not simply onto a screen.

Outdoor light installations

£1,000 – £5,000 per installation

We would like to install a series of outdoor light installations at height on Eastborough or Newborough (eg on cables across the street, on lampposts, on or in buildings, attached to railings). It is important that these are suitable for all weather conditions and are completely out of reach of the general public. We will cover the costs of installing, maintaining and removing artworks.

Projection mapping    

£5,000 – £10,000 per building

We are seeking light art professionals to create projection mapping  installations for the Rotunda Museum, Scarborough Gallery, Woodend Gallery and Scarborough Market Hall. We are looking for experienced light artists who are able to create the works. Ideally these works will be visible for the duration of Scarborough Lights, but in some cases we may have to run them for a shorter period of time.


£1,000 – £5,000                 

This is an opportunity for you to propose works that do not necessarily fit into any of the other categories. We are keen to hear ideas and will look to see where they may be able to fit into the programme. Please note that the location of any artwork, display or installation must be within Scarborough.


Please provide a Proposal for your project including:

  • Theme and detail of the activity proposed
  • Timeline of all activities and key dates (including set-up and de-rig, where required)
  • Equipment and personnel required
  • Previous experience in delivering events of this kind, including specific examples and outcomes
  • Full breakdown of costs.
  • State clearly which project area you are applying to.

Please email your proposal to info@scarboroughfair.uk by 9am, Monday 1 July 2024.


Up to 20 bursaries of up to £250 each are available for individuals, charities, creative or community groups wanting to get involved with Scarborough Lights. Applications for bursaries are only open to people with the following postcodes: YO11, YO12, YO13, YO14.

Further details can be found on the application form and the deadline for applications is 9am, Monday 5 August 2024.


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