We Shine Portsmouth is a free light art festival held at the end of November. The event brings together local and national artists, taking to the streets and local venues over three evenings to exhibit light art installations in celebration of t Portsmouth and our diverse communities. We Shine is a cross artform event showcasing visual arts, performing arts, dance, music and digitalisation. In addition to this we also enable retail space through our We Create market.

Leading up to the festival we work with a number of creative practitioners who engage with numerous schools and community groups through free creative workshops, producing content such as installations, parades and memorable experiences. Previous We Shine festivals have provided the opportunity for local creatives to receive professional mentorship in emerging technologies. Through this concept we offer them the opportunity to build their capacity developing new skills, whilst exploring new creative mediums providing them with a platform to exhibit their works for the first time across the public realm.

We wish to work with a diverse cohort of people to bring the city to life, whether you are a talented creative or from a creative organisation. Or local people and businesses, community group, charities, social enterprises or University students and young people. Through creative collaboration we can put Portsmouth on the map.


We have two open artist callouts.

We Together – audience participation installation for Portsmouth Creates Hub at Victorious Festival and We Shine Portsmouth 2023

We want to hear your proposal for a new interactive installation that is driven through audience participation. You / yourself and your fellow creative practitioners will guide the audience to engage and create elements of “live” art, each day as part of the Portsmouth Creates Hub at Victorious Festivals, and also at We Shine.

Download the information pack

Complete the application form 

We Shine – artistic light installation at We Shine Portsmouth 2023

This is your chance to be part of our bold and ambitious programme for 2023, by becoming one of our We Shine artists. This call out is aimed at encouraging anyone (aged 18 or older) with an interest in using light to bring their creativity to life, resulting in your artwork being produced and exhibited at We Shine 2023.

Download the information pack

Complete the application form


The closing date for both opportunities is Friday 19th May 2023.