Creative Dundee

Call for Designers and Creatives: Light Nights, Festival of Architecture 2016 Finale

Take part in an open call for the region’s most exciting and innovative designers/creatives to propose concepts for impactful, memorable and engaging content that can be projected onto / played out across Dundee’s Old Steeple as part of the city’s ‘Light Nights’ programme of events, marking the finale of the nationwide Festival of Architecture 2016 and the start of Dundee’s annual Christmas festivities.

The ambition and proposed impact of the concept should be such that it inspires visitors from outside the city to make a specific journey to come and enjoy Light Nights first hand, as well as delighting resident families and revellers at the start of the festive season.

Light Nights

The overall idea of Light Nights is to encourage the multi-generational crowd to move around the city centre and explore the new waterfront space, engaging with a programme of fun and celebratory activities, performances and creativity along the way.

The theme for this finale is ‘Architecture, Past, Present and Future’, making a statement about the city’s extraordinary journey – where it came from, and how it is rapidly reinventing itself through a pervasive combination of culture and creativity, with architecture, design and innovation at its very heart.

One of the main elements of this broader programme is a large-scale projection at the Old Steeple/city churches, which provides the focus for this call. A specialist event delivery company will provide all the technical expertise and project manage the projection on the night, this call seeks creative content only.

The Old Steeple was restored and conserved in 1870 by the leading architect of the Gothic revival, Sir George Gilbert Scott, at the height of the city’s original jute-fuelled boom. Fast forward to 2016 and the city is undergoing one of the most significant design-led regenerations in Europe, with new architecture contributing to and borne out of a new confidence, led by Kengo Kuma‘s extraordinary design for V&A Museum of Design Dundee, currently under construction on the redeveloped Waterfront.

Dundee was recently listed in The Times’ ‘Hippest places to live in Britain 2016’ and became the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design in 2014, joining global cities of design from Bilbao to Beijing.


Light Nights Dundee 2014



Technical information


These visitors are likely to be ‘food loving culturalists’ and ‘curious travellers’. Profiles of these visitors types can be found here.

Kengo Kuma - Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh. Photo: Architects Journal

Kengo Kuma – Pop-Up Cities Expo in Edinburgh. Photo: Architects Journal



Submissions should take the form of a concept proposal which should include some visuals which could be drawings, photographic images, animations for example and some supporting descriptive text which addresses the brief as described, the template elevations. Please also provide an indicative budget which evidences that the content can be created within the funding available and within the timescales required.

Please note the completed content needs to be completed by 10th October 2016 and that there is an email limit of 10MB, use a file sharing site if necessary.


The successful applicant will be selected by a panel comprising:

UNESCO City of Design Dundee, Dundee City Council, RIAS Festival of Architecture 2016, Dundee Institute of Architects and V&A Dundee.

While they are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants directly, feedback can be requested if required.


The creative content has to be developed within a budget of £5,000 (including VAT). Following your confirmed engagement by Dundee City Council to produce the creative content, the technical company will check your design for the purposes of projection and compliance with the templates provided. The technical company are also available for feedback / technical input during the creation process of your content.

Further Information

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