The Institution of Lighting Professionals arranges a series of events supporting people in the early part of their lighting career.
Successful senior lighting designers agree to share their time and expertise with students, juniors and new entrants to the profession, to demonstrate things that aren’t always taught on traditional courses and inspired, supported and encouraged the next generation.
How To Be Brilliant 2023, sponsored by BEGA, is a set of free to attend, fun and friendly sessions.
They are open to all, with an emphasis on allowing less experienced students and staff to meet renowned industry experts face to face in a confidence-building atmosphere of encouragement and inclusion. All the sessions include Continuous Professional Development time.
Where & When
There are no upcoming in-person events at this time, please register your interest for future events by emailing via the contact details on this page.
How to Be Brilliant is brought to you by the ILP in collaboration with BEGA.
Their generous support means we don’t charge to attend.
19 July 2022
How To Be Brilliant: The Global Edition
22 November 2022
How To Be Brilliant with the Hoare Lea Lighting Legends
26 April 2022
How To Be Brilliant at Co-Design with Dr Euan Winton
17 November 2021
Being brilliant at Teams with the Lighting Team from Hoare Lea
20 October 2021
Being different with Sharon Stammers & Martin Lupton
24 September 2021
10 May 2021
Celebrating Colour By Liz West
1 March 2021
Telling Stories With Light by David Gilbey
April – EDINBURGH and ONLINE – Dr Euan Winton, Studio Winton – Co-Design
May – LONDON – Iain Ruxton, Speirs Major – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
June – LONDON – Frankie Boyle, Artist and Creative Director and Wing Commander Calvin Bailey MBE – How To Bring Out Your Brilliance
July – ONLINE– Leni Schwendinger and Katia Kolovea – The Global Edition
November – LONDON – Brad Joseph and Juan Ferrari – How to Be Brilliant at Being On It
March – ONLINE – David Gilbey, d-lighting – Telling stories with light
May – ONLINE – Liz West, Liz West Studio – Celebrating colour
Sept – ONLINE – Jonathan Gittins and Elga Neimann, Atelier Ten – London’s Illuminated River Thames
Oct – LONDON and ONLINE – Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton, Light Collective – Being different
Nov – LONDON and ONLINE – Lighting Team, Hoare Lea – Being brilliant at Teams
March – EDINBURGH – Laura Phillips, Arup – The role of Lighting Design in ‘Placemaking’
March – LONDON – Luke Edwards, Cue Design – Designing lighting for music shows/concerts
April – LONDON – Linda Salamoun, Steensen Varming – The story of light
May – LONDON – John Bullock, The Light Review – Life is what happens…
Sept – LONDON – Arfon Davies & Nicola Rigoni, Arup – Daylight & Experience
Oct – LONDON – Neil Knowles, Elektra Lighting Design – Circadian Lighting
Nov – LONDON – Colin Ball & Lora Kaleva, BDP – Saturated Colour – Why the Blues?
March – Christopher Knowlton, 18 Degrees – Crafting the intangible
April – Colin Ball, BDP – The Darkness of the Unconscious
May – Lisa Hammond, Gravity Design – External Lighting: Country House to Powerhouse
Sept – Rebecca Hutchison, John Cullen Lighting – Inspirational lighting design for the home
Oct – EDINBURGH – Malcolm Innes, Edinburgh Napier University – True colours: explorations in art, design and research
Oct – LONDON – Lauren Lever, Light iQ – The good, the bad and the ugly … of office lighting
Nov – EDINBURGH – Kevan Shaw, KSLD – A talk about Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Lighting Designer
Nov – LONDON – Magdalena Gomez, Elektra Lighting Design – Light, Colour and Space
April – Peter Pritchard, Pritchard Themis – How to be Brilliant at Lighting for Sculpture
May – Tony Rimmer, Studio 29 – How to be Brilliant at Exterior Lighting
July – Colin Ball, BDP – How to be Brilliant – Archetypes of night: our lost stellar environment
Sept – Jonathan Howard, DHA Designs – How to be Brilliant at Lighting Bowie
Oct – Simon Thorp, LAPD Lighting Design – How to be Brilliant at Lighting Design: A Reflection
Nov – Graham Rollins & Ingo Kalecinski, GNI Projects – How to be Brilliant with Smoke & Mirrors
April – Dominic Harris, Cinimod Studio – Designing into reality
May – Paul James, mondo arc – How to get your work featured in the press
July – Peter Veale, Firefly Lighting Design – Restaurant lighting design
Sept – Lee Barker-Field, Aecom Lighting – Lighting for large spaces
Oct – Filip Vermeiren, Inverse Lighting Design – Contrast in lighting
Nov – Jonathan Rush AND TEAM, Hoare Lea Lighting – Be brilliant at a day in the life of Hoare Lea Lighting
Feb – Florence Lam, Arup – Teamwork
March – Michael Grubb, Michael Grubb Studio – Creative Thinking
April – Neil Knowles, Elektra Lighting – Hospitality
May – Rebecca Weir, Light IQ – The Languages of Light: A creative approach to residential lighting
June – James Siddle, Ideaworks – Moving from Classroom to Client
July – Paul Traynor, Light Bureau – Lighting for mental health
Sept – Ray Molony, Revo Media – Getting into the lighting press
Oct – James Newton, James Newton Photographs – The Why, Where & When of Photographing Lighting
Nov – Tim Downey, StudioFRACTAL – Mind the Gap – Why we see with our hearts and minds more than our eyes
March – John B Read, consultant lighting designer – Lighting for dance
April – Colin Ball, BDP – Lighting design interviews
May – Lee Sweetman, Speirs + Major – Sketching & communication
July – Paul Nulty, Paul Nulty Lighting Design – Portfolios
Sept – David Atkinson, David Atkinson Lighting Design – Diversity in light
Oct – Joe Vose, Light Bureau – Photometrics, lightmeters and lux levels – the language of light
Nov – Iain Ruxton, Speirs + Major – How to be brilliant at everything
A really nice crowd and there were some really interesting questions in the chats afterwards.
Getting creatives together and talking, learning together
I very much enjoyed the presentation!
Superb talk and I was absolutely mesmerised.
I have met some great people, learnt heaps and managed to get a job through someone I met. Love the talks!
I know a huge amount of effort, time and energy (blood, sweat and tears) goes into these events and they are world class.
I can’t think of any other lighting event that is as warm and friendly.
Happy Times. Beautiful Brains. (Sharing Rules)’ also ‘Fantastic forum for learning! FUNTASTIC
It has the power to transform lives. Keep on doing the amazing job you’re doing!
We had a great evening and really like the new venue, it’s lovely and convenient