Four finalists for £100k award to reinvent Blackpool Illuminations

Four internationally-renowned designers have been chosen as finalists to design a spectacular light installation in the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations.

The competition, announced earlier this year, attracted interest from across the globe. The winner will receive a £100,000 award to take their project from concept to manufacture.

The finalists will have their work will be judged by a panel chaired by Blackpool Illuminations Creative Curator Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on 20 November. The shortisted finalists are:

Guildhall Live Events - London-based performing arts institution has had work showcased at the British Museum, Glastonbury and the Tower of London, among others.

Jack Irving - Hailing from Blackpool, the London-based set and costume designer is widely known for his work across theatre and music, including the design of costumes for Lady Gaga.

Lancaster University - A team from one of the UK's most respected universities has created a concept around turning the Promenade into a playground of light.

Lisa Ashcroft - Lancashire-born artist, now based in Australia, has work featured in private collections in the UK, Cyprus, America, Japan and Spain.

The four were selected from dozens of entries and expressions of interest from artists, designers and creative professionals.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen said: “The quality of the entries for this inaugural competition has been outstanding. We have four teams and individuals with very different concepts, but all of them with the potential to create something very special within the 2020 Blackpool Illuminations.

“Once the final judging has taken place, we will be inviting our winner to work with the Blackpool Illuminations team to turn their idea into reality. It promises to be a really exciting journey.”

Cllr Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council and a member of the judging panel, added: “The design competition is intended to help reinvent the Illuminations by creating spectacular installations along the Promenade, giving visitors a very different experience to the traditional drive-through.

“Events such as the annual Lightpool Festival are already providing compelling reasons for people to get out of their cars and enjoy the Illuminations on foot. The winner of this competition will add yet another dimension.”

Read more on the Blackpool Illuminations 2020 competition.


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