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Light Up Leicester Ambassador and Volunteer Recruitment

January 6th, 2022|Comments Off on Light Up Leicester Ambassador and Volunteer Recruitment


Ambassadors are the public face of the festival. As a festival ambassador, you will be stationed at one of the festival installations, working alongside at least one volunteer, who may be different every day, roaming event managers and either stationary or roaming security.

Dates and Times:

Ambassadors must be available for training and all shifts.

6:00pm – 9:00pm Wednesday 2nd March (training).

4:00pm – 10:30pm Thursday 3rd March – Sunday 6th March (4 x events days).

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Providing a warm and friendly presence at the installation
  • Encouraging engagement with the artworks
  • Understand how the pieces operate and being able to troubleshoot minor issues
  • Understand the background of the installation and having knowledge of the artists who created the piece
  • Being able to point customers in the direction of further information or other elements of the festival
  • You will be the main point of contact as ambassadors for the event, so an understanding of the festival as a whole is required
  • Reporting any incidents/accidents to the Event Manager

Person Specification:

  • Be available for the full run of festival activity
  • Be friendly and approachable with great customer service skills
  • Be willing to take responsibility and use initiative to help solve problems
  • Have good common sense and good local knowledge
  • Be flexible
  • Be confident
  • Keep calm under pressure and in stressful situations
  • Be confident using a radio

Rate of Pay:

£9.90 per hour

How to Apply:

Please send a summary of your relevant experience and a paragraph explaining why you would like to do the role to with the email subject line ‘Ambassador at LUL2022’.




Volunteers make it happen. Working alongside a Festival Ambassador, you will be positioned with individual installations for the duration of the shift, encouraging visitors to interact with the work and be on hand to help with any queries.

Dates and Times:

Volunteers must be available for training and at least one other full shift.

7:30pm – 9:00pm Wednesday, 2nd March (Training)

4:00pm – 10:30pm Thursday, 3rd March – Sunday, 6th March (4 x Events days)

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • To assist with maintaining the high standards of customer service delivered throughout the festival
  • Providing information to visitors about the installation and all aspects of the festival programme
  • Helping visitors to navigate the city centre
  • To keep a record of visitor attendance and capture any evaluative information required
  • Maintaining a tidy and well-presented installation space
  • Managing audience use of the space, supporting queuing or crowds where appropriate

Person Specification:

  • Motivated and enthusiastic with an interest in arts and culture
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills and be willing to talk to members of the public
  • Must enjoy working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment
  • A good knowledge of the festival and the local area

Please note, this is not a paid role. Volunteers will have access to the festival hub and refreshments.

Please send a summary of your relevant experience and a paragraph explaining why you would like to do the role to with the email subject line ‘Volunteer at LUL2022’.


December 16th, 2021|Comments Off on Rhizome by TOM & LIEN DEKYVERE

Leicester’s Cultural Quarter can currently be seen glowing into the night as a series of tall structures connected by coloured neon ropes fill Orton Square. Rhizome is the creation of Belgian artists TOM & LIEN DEKYVERE – an installation which has toured around the world and is currently spending Christmas as part of BID Leicester and Leicester City Council’s Christmas illuminations. ArtReach is working to event manage this mesmerising installation and had a chat with the artists to get to know more about the artwork:

Tell us more about the project…

Rhizome has been the most successful installation we have had so far. It has been exhibited in over 50 cities worldwide and is the story about (dis)connectivity. In our societies, nature and digital expansions, there are millions of connections. Rhizome exhibits those complex forms by imitating a web structure.

Where did the inspiration for Rhizome come from?

Rhizome actually comes from the term that stands for root structures, or the social web in philosophy. It is interesting to see how trees communicate under the ground and share nutrition in the underground root Rhizomes. If you compare this system with our digital connectivity, nature and technology really relate in form and system. I have a lot of questions about this, and use our Rhizome light installation to represent this.    

What is the universal element of the artwork that makes it adaptable to different places around the world?

The work is site specific work, meaning it can be built in almost every scenery. Like a virus it spreads over buildings, in parks, interiors and squares like Orton Square.

How did the project change over time, being in so many different places with so many different environments?

The work mutates to different forms, and the change is based on the locations. For Orton Square, we wanted to create a space in a space. A cocoon to simply be inside, and get caught in for a moment of distraction from our daily actions.

What are the technical difficulties you face?

There have been some moments of heavy rain (during the installation), and the combination with outdoor electricity can be a challenge.

What other projects are you currently working on?

I just got back from Dubai, where we have been building another version of Rhizome, and next up is a 100% charity version close to home in Belgium where we will build Rhizome to help The Children’s Heart Foundation. Every 15 minutes a baby is born with a heart defect. We hope to attract many many visitors with our action and will ask for a small donation to the foundation that is active in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of congenital heart defects.


Rhizome, the installation, can be found in Orton Square, Leicester until 5th January 2022, illuminated between 4:30pm – 10:30pm daily.

Light Up Leicester Call for Production Team

December 7th, 2021|Comments Off on Light Up Leicester Call for Production Team

Building on the impact and success of Light up Leicester 2020, Leicester City Council’s Festivals & Events Department in collaboration with Creative Producers ArtReach & BID Leicester, will once again stage Light up Leicester in 2022. This major city-wide illuminated event features large scale international work, national touring work, and new (co)commissions. Over 4 days in March 2022 we will bring a series of illuminated installations to multiple sites across Leicester City Centre to captivate 60,000+ attendees, raise the profile of the city and encourage exploration and excitement in the city. 

The Brief

For the delivery of the project, we are looking for a local Leicester or Midlands based production team to oversee and deliver the install, live and derig phases of Light up Leicester 2022. We are seeking a team of local talent that can provide all production team requirements that our delivery schedule, artwork and footprint dictate as well as contribute to the safe and responsible delivery of our multi-site, inclusive and ambitious event.

We would like to hear from Production companies who have experience of working on large, high-profile events or with arts-led companies with the relevant skills and a dynamic team. The LUL team will provide all the finalised logistics, production schedules, contacts and permissions where required.

The type of work includes, but is not limited to:

  • Live event production in a variety of outdoor city centre locations
  • Management of multiple format artistic installations, including an understanding of temporary event power
  • Leading and staffing loading/unloading, set up and constructing pre-fabricated artworks (materials unknown) usually to provided instructions
  • Installation of event infrastructure including fencing, power, ramping, lighting, signage
  • Following and deploying build teams where necessary to cover multiple install sites
  • Working with clients and artists or towards their specifications and within the public realm
  • Working in accordance with the Event Management Plan and with good knowledge of and practices in line with Health & Safety procedures


Staffing requirements

We are looking for a flexible team that have the capabilities to provide staffing that includes: crew bosses, additional crew members or stage hands, plant drivers where necessary, H&S training, personal PPE, Risk Assessments, vehicles where required, production equipment and tools. We expect a team could range from 4 to 12 members, depending on the schedule.

We expect a crew that will work to the highest standards of safety, punctuality, and customer service. They must be willing to work with LUL and our partners to be accommodating in any responses to changes, measures, timings etc. You must be available to attend meetings and site visits where necessary.


Companies must be able to demonstrate:

  • Independent ability to work towards a delivery schedule across multiple sites and restrictions and to a specific deadline
  • Familiarity with working and maintaining communication across multiple sites simultaneously
  • Safe working practices, particularly within open public spaces
  • Experience identifying and obtaining relevant licenses and site access permissions
  • Experience of on-site sub-contractor management i.e. facilities and technicians
  • Confidence in build and time management
  • A good approach to environmental responsibility, and willingness to adhere to ours

Light up Leicester is planned to run between 3rd – 6th March 2022 with build and derig either side of these live event dates (28th February – 9th March).


Application Process

Please respond to the brief above with a short proposal (maximum 1000 words) and company CV which demonstrates how you meet the requirements of the role.

We also ask that you supply:

  • Copy of Public and Employers Liability Insurance
  • Information on your previous projects that demonstrate your credentials – this could be a business CV
  • An indication of rates of pay or fees
  • Contact details for two referees

Please send applications with the heading “Light Up Leicester Production Tender Application” to by 12:00 on Wednesday January 5th 2022.

Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be held over Zoom on the week commencing January 10th.

*Images by Chris Patrick Photography.

Light Up Leicester 2022

November 26th, 2021|Comments Off on Light Up Leicester 2022

Call for Illuminated Artworks

Light Up Leicester is an ambitious spectacle event that animates the public realm with illuminated, engaging and playful light-based artworks led by Leicester City Council’s Festivals & Events Department, BID Leicester and creative producer ArtReach. The Light Up Leicester team are seeking proposals from artists for up to 3 adaptations or new works to feature in the 2022 programme.


Festival Dates: 3rd – 6th March 2022.

Installation Dates: 28th February – 3rd March 2022.

Number of Commissions: up to 3.

Fee: £5,000 – £7,500 including all materials and all other costs.

Deadline: Sunday 19th December 2021, midnight.


Over four days, Light Up Leicester will illuminate the city centre with a trail of stunning and playful artworks. We are looking for artists to join our after dark trail, and are looking for proposals for new work or adaptations of existing work that responds to one or more of these themes:

  • Environment: Climate Emergency and Environmental Issues.
  • Leicester: Local culture, places and/or people- a piece which reflects our city.
  • Open call: We are looking for something which will engage our family audiences, and offer a unique way of using light for our event.

We have one commissioning opportunity per theme.

Commission applications will need to demonstrate:

  • The artwork is illuminated or lit in an interesting, unusual or unique way.
  • The artwork is connected with one of the above themes in a meaningful way.
  • The artwork is of sufficient scale and impact to attract passers-by and members of the public who are not necessarily there to seek it out.
  • The artwork is new, or is an adaptation of an existing work that responds to Leicester and our event.
  • All artworks will need to be suitable for family audiences and on display for the duration of the festival.
  • The artwork is suitable for outdoor presentation.

We also invites artists to think about:

  • Location: All artwork will be exhibited outdoors in the city centre, and we would like you to think about where your piece will be best suited. Possible artwork locations in Leicester City Centre include: Jubilee Square, Market Square, Clock Tower, the Lanes, Town Hall Square, Cathedral Gardens, Orton Square, St Martin’s Square, Green Dragon Square. In addition to high profile locations, the festival also wants to animate some less travelled areas of the city, for example alleyways, archways and shop fronts.
  • Materials: Artists should think about the impact their work will have on the environment. Low energy artworks are encouraged. Artwork will be presented outdoors, so you will need to consider this when choosing materials. Fabrication processes should be thoroughly considered and detailed in the application.
  • Time of year: The festival takes place in March and runs from 5.30pm – 10.30pm each night, please be aware of light levels at this time of year within your proposal.

Artist Fees and additional support

As part of your proposal please include a budget. Proposals should cover all aspects of the artwork, including but not limited to concept design, artwork development and fabrication, materials, transportation, insurance, any technical requirements and travel and accommodation.

We are welcoming individual proposals of between £5,000+VAT and £7,500+VAT.

Light up Leicester will cover the following costs:

  • Security
  • Access to power
  • Basic install / de-rig

Artists of all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

We also welcome applications from multiple artists and collectives wishing to collaborate. We are committed to working with diverse artists and enabling access for all to improve equity and representation irrespective of background, socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics. All applications will be considered fairly based on their proposals. Artists do not need to be established, we welcome applications from emerging artists, however, you must be able to demonstrate your ideas clearly and show that the concept has been well thought out.


How to apply

The deadline for applications is Sunday 19th December, midnight.

Please send the following to with a subject line of ‘LUL commission proposal’.

  1. Your Artist CV.
  2. A description of the artwork with accompanying images or drawings.
  3. An outline technical specification: dimensions & footprint, power requirements, build process & requirements (a detailed specification will need to be provided if selected).
  4. A budget breakdown.


Application deadline: Sunday 19th December 2021, midnight

Commissions awarded: Thursday 23rd December 2021

Site visits: 10th – 21st January 2022

Detailed tech spec provided: 4th February 2022

Artist bio, work description, etc for marketing purposes: 30th January 2022

Installation: 28th February – 3rd March 2022

Launch Event: 3rd March 2022

Light up Leicester: 3rd – 6th March 2022

De-rig: 7th – 8th March 2022


For enquires related to Light up Leicester commissions contact  


*Images 1-3 by Chris Patrick Photography 4 and 5 by Bijash Chauhan Photography.

5 Resources to help your first steps into Evaluation

November 15th, 2021|Comments Off on 5 Resources to help your first steps into Evaluation

ArtReach’s professional development workshop in March is for those taking first steps in developing their organisation’s programme and organisational evaluation frameworks.

The course will look at some of the fantastic evaluation resources available to arts and heritage organisations – many offered by some of the leading impact measurement experts in the not-for-profit sector.

Such open resources for the arts and heritage sector are extremely useful, and they are a helpful reminder (especially for small to medium sized organisations) for two reasons: First, that there is help and support out there and some of it is available at little or no cost, and second that a wealth of impact data already exists for you to use in evaluations, which means less pressure on your own data collection activities.

Having supported many organisations on evaluation – from developing outcome frameworks, collecting data on the ground and reporting findings – ArtReach has an insight into the challenges faced by a variety of organisations. Our new professional development course on evaluation has been designed with small to medium programmes and organisations in mind and aims to confront the challenges that many face in getting started and achieving buy-in from your team.                                                                                                     

Below, we have outlined 5 go-to-resources that we will look into to help you on your evaluation journey: 

1) Good Finance Outcomes Matrix – We use this tool to kick-start discussions with clients when preparing evaluation frameworks and fundraising bids. If you need inspiration for the outcomes you want to achieve, then use this tool as a starting point. Read more

2) Inspiring Impact Data Diagnostic – Hosting self-assessment tools and peer learning networks for your evaluation needs, Inspiring Impact asks 10 simple questions about the projects you seek to evaluate, who accesses your support, and how you engage with them. Once completed, you receive a report listing recommended data collection tools to use. Read more

3) Measuring wellbeing – Key arts and heritage funders, such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund, are more and more placing greater emphasis on wellbeing outcomes, so it is useful to know what things you can measure to evidence your impact and the data that already exists. What Works Wellbeing published an evidence review on heritage and wellbeing, which is a useful guide to understand the impacts on physical, mental and social wellbeing of individuals and communities. Read more

4) Thriving Places Index – This resource presents complex data around sustainability, local conditions and equality in your local authority area into a simple ‘scorecard’. For many, it might just be a fascinating insight into the ‘big data’ that sits behind it, but it is useful to compare different local authority areas and understand some of the broader issues facing your local community that need to be addressed. Read more

5) New Philanthropy Capital’s guide to creating a theory of change – For those looking for a holistic approach to measurement and evaluation, NPC’s ‘four pillar approach’ provides a step-by-step guide to take you through the process. Using a theory of change can be helpful for all areas of your work – from strategy, programme planning and even fundraising. Read more

Join us at our professional development course to delve deeper into these resources and to make a practical start on your story of change and impact.

Book here

For questions or thoughts, you can also get in touch by email or call 0116 261 6882.

Successful Ten Days, Three Cities, One Festival

November 5th, 2021|Comments Off on Successful Ten Days, Three Cities, One Festival

As Journeys Festival International 2021 took place from the 15th to the 24th of October, we want to say a big thank you to everyone for joining and supporting us in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth!

We had incredible 10 days of festival activities in these three cities across the UK and are thrilled to have been able to welcome so many audience members to the events as well as meeting our amazing partners and artists in person again. Delivering the festival in Leicester, Manchester and Portsmouth – made possible by funding from Arts Council England – was a wonderful (and challenging) task for our team and an incredible experience seeing thousands of visitors being able to enjoy the programme in different cities at the same time. By bringing the refugee experience and global cultures to a wider audience, Journeys Festival International offered once again a platform to show artworks depicting stories of forced migration created by artists from refugee and sanctuary-seeking backgrounds.

With a varied programme of exhibitions, performances and installations, audiences were able to immerse themselves in light and sound, experience outdoor animations, take virtual reality tours, see artists creating live-paintings, performing new contemporary dance and many more.

The mesmerising sound and light installation Where There is Light by Squidsoup attracted thousands to Leicester Cathedral, Holy Name Church in Manchester and St Mary’s Church in Portsmouth, inspiring audiences to reflect on what brings light into their lives by listening to the voices of sanctuary-seeking communities from all over the UK – a powerful reminder in times of isolation and social distancing. With the changing lights being particularly appreciated by the young ones, Where There is Light fascinated visitors of all ages as well as local communities to come together and share a moment of contemplation. Thanks to BID Leicester, Leicester Cathedral, The Organ Project and Fratton Big Local for their incredible support in bringing the light to audiences in all three cities.

At Bloodland Embrace, audiences experienced an outdoor animation on the big screen in the fantastic atmosphere of Green Dragon Square in Leicester and Cutting Room Square in Manchester, defying rain and wind on some of the screening days. The Creative Europe funded animation by Kalico Jack with beautiful music by James Hamilton depicts stories of home and belonging, closed borders and displacement. If you didn’t make it to see it on the big screen, you can watch (or re-watch) it here.

Audiences at Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre in Leicester and New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth were able to get acquainted with new technologies when taking a virtual reality tour of a water tunnel in Iran, being able to walk through the tunnel and creating graffiti art themselves. Parham Ghalamdar and Steven Lake digitally recreated the location Parham used to design graffiti artworks with fellow artists, which later became a focal point for political and social protest after their forceful destruction. 

Performed at Curve Theatre in Leicester, Martin Harris Centre in Manchester and New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth, the short film and performance piece Reckoning by choreographer Akeim Toussaint Buck, filmmaker Ashley Karrell, animator Benedetta Fasson and writer mandla rae as part of Creative Europe offered an insightful narrative of experiences of displacement showcased in contemporary lyrical dance, archive, animation and storytelling. Akeim Toussaint Buck further tied the stories together in a breath-taking dance performance in each city.

With many more exciting events and activities taken place – such as Look Up, Wonderland, Journeys into Film, Tale of Tresses, Halabja: In the Golden Days and more – we want to thank all of our amazing artists for the fantastic work they have created. And many thanks to our incredible funders and partners for their continual support, making the varied programme of Journeys Festival International 2021 possible!