Calls for Artists

2018 Call for Artists: Redmond Lights 
Applications due MONDAY, October 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM PST

Download the Call and Application Here.

Artists are invited to submit proposals to provide new or existing temporary illuminated artworks as part of Redmond Lights in Redmond, Washington. The festival is sponsored by the City of Redmond:

Redmond Lights is a celebration of December holiday traditions, cultures, and faiths of the diverse Redmond community explored through light and art installations and performances. This celebration is intended to create a sense of a connected culturally-diverse community and provide residents with a unique exposure to diverse art.

• Installations can include illuminated two- or three- dimensional, multi-media works that celebrates Redmond’s diverse community and various traditions of light and joy.
o This can include, but is not limited to: projections, use of LED lights, lanterns, interactive light installations, use of sound and/or sensors
• Project/installation proposals must be original to the artist, although this can include existing work(s) by the artist.
• Artwork must be waterproof and weatherproof. Redmond Lights takes place rain or shine. This year Redmond Lights will take place over two evenings and installations must be able to remain installed throughout the entire event.
• Artists are encouraged to visit the event site(s) prior to preparing their proposal.
• Artwork should respond to site.
o There are opportunities to install along the Luminary Walk (Sammamish River Trail and Redmond Central Connector) including making use of trees, in the Sammamish River (dependent on materials and installation), the newly opened Downtown Park or on City Hall Campus, either on the Great Lawn or inside City Hall. There is a site walkthrough available prior to application deadline (see below).
• Artwork must have no lasting physical impact on the site, leaving “no trace.”
• Artwork must be family-friendly.
• Artist proposals will be chosen through an artist selection panel process.
• Artist is responsible for all installation and de-installation needs. Proposal should reflect this.

Awards will be granted up to $3,000.00. There is also potential for a larger investment in proposals for the Downtown Park site. There will be an opportunity for the City of Redmond to negotiate ownership of the installation.

Monday, October 8, 2018 by 9:00am PST

Site Walkthrough available on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 3pm – 4pm (Meet at Redmond City Hall Entrance)
Submission deadline: Monday, October 8, 2018
Selection announcement: Friday, October 12, 2018
Artist check-in: Monday, November 12, 2018 Installation: Saturday, December 1, 7am – 3pm
Deinstallation: Monday, December 3, 8am – 3pm

Submit Application to:

Jessica Rubenacker, Cultural Arts Administrator (425) 556.2367 or



Jessica Rubenacker, Cultural Arts Administrator 425-556-2367