Call for artists & illustrators to create lantern making how-to videos and illustrated how-to guides

Submitted by fusionarts on October 13, 2020 - 08:29
Salary / Fee: 
£350 - See full details below
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 14 October, 2020

We are inviting artists to express their interest in creating instructional videos and illustrated guides for crafting illuminated lanterns at home. The recorded videos and downloadable how-to will be published on the official Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival website to be available to all online visitors.

See the full details below or on our website >>

About Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival 2020
We are very excited that despite these challenging times Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival will still happen this year and is due to take place 20-22 November 2020!

Due to necessary adaptations to the festival we are given the opportunity to experiment with new ideas; we are bringing our activity out from the city centre into the residential areas of local Oxford communities. This year’s festival features strong virtual elements but also encourages everyone to engage in creativity that spills out of people’s houses, into streets and local community spaces.

Our exciting programme evolves around words of inspiration: Light * build back better * green recovery * new beginnings * community * the light that moves us forward * being thankful

There will be lots of opportunities for individuals, families, schools and community groups to get involved. We will be creating resource boxes, socially distanced and online workshops and lots of other options to get creative.

Producing Partners
The festival is led this year by Fusion Arts, Oxford City Council, AOFS, Tandem Arts Collective, Film Oxford and OCM.

Artist’s Brief
Deadline submissions: 12noon 14/10/2020
Appointing the artists: 16/10/2020
Delivery: as soon as possible

This year many of the workshops will be delivered digitally, and possibly as recorded sessions.

We are looking for:

An illustrator to design a DIY leaflet, for distribution (online & hard copies) leading up to OCLF 2020.
Budget: £350 (not including print costs)

Lantern artists to design and film a series of instructional videos on how to produce lanterns at home. These will range in length and content (e.g. simple how-to guides using willow and tissue paper, making large lanterns in a group, using recycled materials)
Lantern artists to lead and deliver interactive live in person or online events (Zoom style) where we will build lanterns together.
Budget: each film/workshop will be paid at £350 (including materials and other expenses)

We will discuss plans for filming the instructional videos with appointed artists. The instructional can be recorded by Fusion Arts on Fusion Arts premises (East Oxford) in a Covid secure manner.

Fusion Arts reserves the right to edit the recordings to fit requirements. The edited video will be released and uploaded to and distributed by the official Oxford’s Christmas Lights Festival 2020 website and Fusion Arts. We will hold the rights to distributing the videos at least until the end of the Oxford Christmas Light Festival.

Artist’s Role Description
The appointed artist(s) will be required to design an achievable small lantern pattern to be built at home.
The appointed artist(s) should also prepare and deliver insights to upskill teachers, teaching assistants and interested artists in simple willow and tissue work.
The appointed artist(s) taking part in this project will have experience in leading engaging and enjoyable workshops.
The appointed artist(s) will work in collaboration with a small team of artists and the producers to ensure there is a cohesive vision.
Sessions and Fees
We are open to discussion regarding the structure of the session.

The fee is £350 per delivered video and is inclusive of expenses e.g materials used – there are up to four positions available.

Please let us know your availability if you would require the help of- or need to record at Fusion Arts.

The appointed artist agrees to the created content being made available through online channels.

How to Apply
To apply to be part of the team of artists working on the Christmas Light Festival procession please send a CV outlining your experience working with school and community groups on artwork of this scale. Please also send images of previous work and links to any websites or social media platforms.

In addition, please include a short cover letter/statement (max. 300 words) explaining how you would outline the content of the online tutorial.

Applications should be sent to

Deadline Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 12noon.

Contact Details: 

Applications should be sent to

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