Light Up

In what’s been an extraordinarily tough 12 months plus,  we wanted to bring a little extra light to communities to brighten peoples’ day.

We had a special lantern designed and produced for us by Dizzy Ink in Nottingham, featuring illustrations by Grace Barnes. Some 3000 were hand screen-printed and made into make-at-home kits for us to distribute.

Screen printing by hand the First Art lanterns

Community together

Light Up came about  as a way to come together (as best we can) and celebrate community – something, we’re sure you’ll agree, that’s especially important right now. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic meant we had to change our plans.

Working with schools and care homes

The idea is that people across the community receive a lantern, accompanied by a message of hope to others, either as a poster or personalised message.

During March and April 2021 we’ve teamed up with schools and care homes in and around Leamington, Ashfield, Bellamy Road in Mansfield, South Normanton, Bolsover and Clay Cross in North East Derbyshire to help brighten the day of other community members including care home residents.

If you’re out and about if one of these areas, look out for the lovely lanterns in windows. And if your child has been given a lantern to take home, you can find out more about what to do below.


Light Up lantern kits

Image © First Art / Lamar Francois 2020

Brightening Someone's Day

Here you'll find a bit more information about how the schools and care homes are taking part together with some useful guidance on the putting together your lantern and how to display it

The Film

The story of Light Up told by the people that made it happen.

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Taking part as a school

Details of what is happening with the schools and care homes

Learn more

How to build your lantern

This little video shows how to put together your lantern

Watch now

A picture says it all

Design your own poster using this special A4 template then pop in your window or send to someone to brighten their day

Download template

Go the Distance Festival Chapter Three

Light Up forms part of the third and final chapter of our Go the Distance Festival. Find out more about the other things we're doing as part of this phase.

Shine a Light

Thanking community heroes across Ashfield, Mansfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire

Our own bobby dazzlers

Lights Out

Details coming soon