Rare opportunity to join Lights team

A scene from the digital mapping projection on Blackpool Tower, part of the LightPool project
A scene from the digital mapping projection on Blackpool Tower, part of the LightPool project
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A new ‘creative lead’ is being sought to help shape the new generation of Blackpool’s celebrated Illuminations .

The temporary post, which runs until December 2016, will take a key role in developing a ‘pioneering new direction for Blackpool Illuminations through the LightPool project.’

Head of Blackpool Illuminations Richard Ryan

Head of Blackpool Illuminations Richard Ryan

LightPool launched in January when a £2m Government pot from the Coastal Communities Fund was announced, with additional cash also coming from Blackpool Council and arts body LeftCoast.

New attractions of this year’s Illuminations include the digital mapping projections onto the facade of Blackpool Tower, as well as a series of street performances in the Brilliance display on Birley Street and a light-related exhibition at the Grundy Art Gallery.

With a salary of £31,846 to £35,662, Blackpool Council’s job spec for the role states the person must be ‘creative and dynamic’, and ‘an exceptional individual with the talent, imagination, creative zeal and tenacity to build on over 100 years of experience and help to develop a new creative direction for the Illuminations as a whole.’

The advert adds: “This fantastic opportunity will allow the person we seek to become a key part of the team that delivers this world-famous multi award-winning Illuminations attraction.”

Lights boss Richard Ryan said: “It’s a new position in the team, and is something else which the CCF LightPool funding has allowed us to do.

“We’re looking for another person to work with our team, to get some new ideas and to bring in the opportunity to look at the Lights from a different angle.

“The role is funded for just a year, but we hope it will give us a chance to connect with people in a new and different way.

“The successful candidate will work on certain projects, hopefully to bring in additional funding from bodies such as the Arts Council, to allow us to keep developing the Illuminations for the 21st Century.”

Mr Ryan hailed the success of the LightPool project and this year’s new additions to the Illuminations – adding that it had already been a ‘fantastic season’, even before figures for the October half term could be added.

Projections continue on the Tower until November 8.