Sonica 2018 Open Call for the Mackintosh Tower 

in partnership with The Lighthouse, Glasgow


The iconic Mackintosh Tower is one of the most enduring and unique features in The Lighthouse.  Designed by a young Mackintosh back in 1895 the tower has had many incarnations: a water tower for the Glasgow Herald, a lookout tower during the war, a dovecot (“doocot”) for carrier pigeons and now a view point for tourists up a 135-step helical staircase.  Each year the tower attracts over 30,000 visitors who climb the staircase enclosed inside the intricate architecture of the tower before emerging onto an open-air platform high above Glasgow city centre.







For 2018, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth, Cryptic would like to commission a Scottish-based artist to create a bespoke visual and sonic work for the Mackintosh Tower in The Lighthouse.  This new work would ideally reflect not only the architecture of the Mackintosh Tower and Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s wider portfolio of work but also consider The Lighthouse as an important cultural landmark as Scotland’s Centre for Architecture and Design.

The site-specific work will be presented in the Mackintosh Tower in The Lighthouse from Summer 2018 to January 2019.

All Scottish-based artists (regardless of age or stage in their career) are welcome to apply. We are looking for creatively ambitious artists with innovative ideas to transform the exciting and inspiring Mackintosh Tower into a memorable visual and sonic experience. Artists are encouraged to familiarise themselves with this unusual space and consider the high levels of visitor traffic the work will exist in. Artists who are currently in higher education or those studying for an undergraduate degree are not eligible to apply (PHD and Masters students are welcome to apply).

The selected artist will receive:

  • A commission fee of £5,000 inclusive of artist’s fee, production costs and all other associated expenses;
  • A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company with support, advice and space to take risks;
  • In kind support from The Lighthouse for install/de-install and any related events;
  • PR and marketing support;
  • An opportunity to build a new audience and raise your profile.


If you would like to apply please download the submission guidelines below. If you require additional support in completing your application please contact Rachel at

Applications should be sent as a single PDF file to: The PDF file name and email subject line should read YOURNAME Cryptic Lighthouse 2018 Application. (e.g. Jim Smith Cryptic Lighthouse 2018 Application.)

Deadline: 12 noon, Monday 26th March 2018

Sonica 2018 at The Lighthouse Submission Guidelines

Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form