FIVE North-East artists have been commissioned to produce new works for this autumn’s Lumiere light festival.

Artichoke, producers of the festival which returns to Durham from November 14 to 17, chose four projects from around 80 proposals submitted earlier this year, under a contest known as ‘Brilliant’.

The winners are: Beth J Ross, a Durham-based teacher and mother-of-two; Newcastle-based artist Sarah Blood; Stephen Newby, also from Newcastle; and Matt Sayle and Stu Langley, from Middlesbrough-based Twist Design.

Their works will be displayed alongside other light-based installations created by artists from across the globe.

Hannah Standen, from Artichoke, said: “We’ve had an amazing response to the call for Brilliant proposals this year and the judging panel has been impressed by how hard everyone has worked on the creative ideas that have been presented.

“The winning proposals are especially appealing as they each draw for their inspiration on aspects very close to County Durham’s heart, yet all in very different ways.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the Brilliant winners to help them develop their ideas for this year’s Lumiere.”

Details of the proposals are not being released until the full festival programme announcement in June.

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