Oxford Street Illuminations

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​​Oxford Street Christmas Illuminations

For the first time in its history, Oxford Street launches a global call for the redesign of its world famous and universally loved Christmas lights.

Open Culture and Leisure

Oxford Street and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are calling for experienced lighting designers and architectural specialists from the UK and beyond to enter a global competition to design the most inspiring and innovative Christmas lights.

The competition is being led by New West End Company, in conjunction with Transport for London (TFL) and Westminster City Council. An esteemed, innovative panel have been selected to judge the competition. The world class judging panel includes:

  • Anya Hindmarch, Designer and Trustee of Royal Academy Development Trust
  • Chris Wilkinson, Architect and founder of WilkinsonEyre
  • Justine Simons, London Deputy Mayor for Culture and Creative Industries
  • Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive Officer, New West End Company
  • Councillor Robert Davis, Deputy Leader, City of Westminster
  • Jill Entwistle, Editor, Light Magazine

The initial phase of this competition will require lighting designers and architectural specialists, interested in being involved in this first of its kind project, to submit an anonymous design proposal by 26 March 2018.

Four shortlisted designers will then progress to the final round and be given the opportunity to develop their designs and present to the panel. Designers will receive an honoraria payment of £3,000 +VAT for their work in this round.

Following the competition, the chosen winner will bring their design to life on Oxford Street and in the surrounding areas.

Jace Tyrrell, CEO, New West End Company says, 'During the festive season, the 40 million visitors who visit London’s West End expect to see a vibrant display of light and colour.'

Chris Wilkinson, OBE, Director, Wilkinson Eyre and RIBA Adviser says, 'This is a great opportunity for designers to present their creative ideas for the Christmas Lighting in the Oxford St District and to make a spectacular show for everyone to enjoy.

'Our global call for concepts for the redesign of Oxford Street’s Christmas lights will ensure that the 2018 reveal moment is the most spectacular to date, bringing more visitors than ever to London’s West End so they can be the first to see the new lights for themselves.'

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