Frequently Asked Questions

The Trail FAQs

What is Light the North?

Light the North is a stunning, free public art trail of 50 individually designed lighthouse sculptures across Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Orkney and Shetland.

Designed and pained by professional, emerging and as yet undiscovered artists, it will shine a light across the north east from August to October 2021, encouraging people to explore and discover the region like never before.

Forming a trail of discovery, the sculptures provide an exceptional, creative opportunity to engage people in important topics – from health and wellbeing to history and culture, to name a few.

In addition to the main trail, a mini trail of little lighthouse sculptures will also be on display across the region.  Little Lights have been designed and painted by 75 schools, 10 community groups and 5 local artists.

After entertaining and getting people outdoors, walking more and sharing their stories, the lighthouse sculptures will come together for a special Farewell event.  This will give everyone a last chance to see all the lighthouse sculptures, meet some of the artists involved and maybe even choose one of their favourites to bid for at the charity auction!

When the art trail ends, the legacy of Light the North will continue as the sculptures take centre stage at the auction to raise funds for Clan Cancer Support.

When is it and where?

The lighthouse trail will be live across the north east for 10 weeks from August – October 2021.

A map and mobile app will help you to navigate around the trail.

We will be able to tell you more about the sculpture locations soon.

Why is the sculpture a lighthouse?

A lighthouse is symbolic of a safe haven, a beacon in a storm, helping people to navigate through troubled waters and signifies hope.  These are all things that could be said about Clan, the services we provide and the impact we have on the lives of so many.

Who is behind Light the North?

Light the North is brought to you by Clan Cancer Support, and is a Wild in Art event.

What happens to the lighthouse sculptures at the end of the trail?

After entertaining and getting people outdoors, walking more and sharing their stories, the lighthouse sculptures will come together for a special Farewell event.  This will give everyone a last chance to see all the lighthouse sculptures, meet some of the artists involved and maybe even choose one of their favourites to bid for at the charity auction!

When the art trail ends, the legacy of Light the North will continue as the sculptures take centre stage at the auction to raise funds for Clan Cancer Support.

Where can I pick up a trail map?

Trail maps will be available from early-August in the Clan Charity Shops as well as the mini trail venues and the Light the North Retail Unit in the Bon Accord Centre, Aberdeen.

The trail map will also be available for download from this website.

Can I buy a lighthouse sculpture?

The lighthouse sculptures will all go to auction to raise funds for Clan Cancer Support at the end of the trail.

Details on the auction can be found here.  *link*

 

Auction FAQs

Which lighthouses are being sold at auction?

There will be 50 lighthouse sculptures and 8 little lighthouse sculptures to bid for during the evening. People interested in bidding on a lighthouse are encouraged to come along to the Farewell Weekend event to see the artwork up-close.

What are the lighthouses made of and how heavy are they?

The lighthouses are made of fire-resistant fibreglass. Each lighthouse is approximately 2.5m tall, 75cm wide at the base, and weigh approximately 50kg.

Each lighthouse is sold as seen.

What is the guide price?

While it is difficult to assess the likely amount that any sculpture may sell for, we believe a bid in excess of £3,000 should secure a sculpture. However, prices realised could be higher and we expect many sculptures to sell for considerably more.

Can I bid online?

Yes, there will be an online auction, where you can register as an online bidder.

More information on this will follow.  If you are interested in bidding online, please note your interest using the above form.

Can I bid over the phone?

Yes, please contact us on lighthousekeeper@clancancersupport.org or call 01224 647000 for more information.

Will you be accepting proxy bids?

Yes, please contact us on lighthousekeeper@clancancersupport.org or call 01224 647000 for more information.

Light The North

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