The ALD Lumiere Scheme

Origins of the Scheme

The Lumière Scheme is a professional development programme that provides pathways into the industry for some of the brightest, most promising emerging designers by working as assistant lighting designer on larger scale shows.

Lumiere 20:20

The ALD Lumière Scheme is returning with a modified approach for 2020 in response to the current situation. 

This year we are looking to connect 20 Emerging Lighting Practitioners with 20 Lighting Designers for a 10-week online programme of mentoring. During this time we can foster creative conversations about light: the art, the craft and the life.

  • Lighting Designers – are you interested in discussing creativity and the working process with emerging practitioners?
  • Emerging Lighting Practitioners - would you like to connect with an established Lighting Designer? This is an opportunity to discuss all aspects of work and get an idea of what it’s like to work alongside a designer as an assistant or associate. 

The scheme will include two group sessions and ten individual mentoring sessions. Both Lumière and Designer will receive a micro-bursary of £175. 
Although this is a ‘virtual’ project, we very much hope that there will be some real professional relationships established through the Scheme that may come to fruition when we all get back to work.

Applications open: 7th August (details coming soon).
Curtain Up: 14th September with our first group meeting.


The micro-bursaries for Lumière 20:20 have been made possible by use of the Mick Hughes (1939-2018) memorial funds.


In 2008 ALD Fellow Mick Hughes (r) was the first winner of TMA Award for Best Lighting Design. 


Donating to Support the Scheme

Find out how you can support the Lumière Scheme here:


More Information

For more information or to discuss the Lumière scheme in detail, please contact the ALD’s Lumière scheme working group.

Our previous recipients wrote about their experiences in the ALD members's magazine Focus.  You can see what they thought by reading their articles by selecting the name links:


The 2019 Lumière Scheme was supported by The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation:


With thanks for their continual support with the scheme:



Supporting Lighting Designers

Neil Austin

Lucy Carter

Natasha Chivers

Jon Clark

Matt Clutterham

Paule Constable

Lee Curran

Chris Davey

James Farncombe

Rick Fisher

Richard Howell

David Howe

Michael Hulls

Richard G Jones

Prema Mehta

Katy Morison

Peter Mumford           

Bruno Poet

Malcolm Rippeth

Johanna Town           

Hugh Vanstone           

Katharine Williams