The LIT Lighting Design Awards partner with Silhouette Awards (SA) to provide mentorship to emerging talents

October 10, 2022

The LIT Lighting Design Awards, created to recognize the efforts of talented international lighting product designers and lighting implementers, announced an exclusive partnership with Silhouette Awards (SA), a groundbreaking program developed by Archifos and Parrot PR & Marketing.

The Silhouette Awards shine a spotlight on emerging talent in the lighting industry and support these individuals as they continue their careers. The awards focus on supporting young professionals, giving them a platform to showcase their emerging talents in the industry, followed by a six-month mentorship with an experienced lighting professional.

The 2022 LIT Lighting Design Awards “Emerging Lighting Product Designer of the Year” and “Emerging Lighting Designer of the Year” will receive a six-month mentorship from one of the prestigious Silhouette Awards Mentors to hone their skills, advance their career ambitions and add real value to industry creativity.

“This new partnership highlights the level of engagement of the LIT Lighting Design Awards and the Silhouette Awards towards the new generation of Lighting Designers. The LIT Awards will support and enroll Silhouette Awards mentees of the 2022 – 2023 editions, elevating their works and promoting their creativity”, said Astrid Hebert, Program Director of the LIT Awards.

Mentors play an essential role in the Silhouette Awards initiative. A highly experienced and respected panel of judges, “The Mentors”, are comprised of senior influential lighting designers who are on the lookout to nurture young talent and help other like-minded individuals benefit from their own personal experiences.

The benefits of being able to pass on knowledge, support new designers in the industry and be a person to listen and advise is extremely rewarding to me. It is also of mutual benefit as fresh eyes and fresh thinking often give me a different point of view or a new approach to design that I can then carry forward either myself or as part of a wider project team. Without a Director who was focused on sharing knowledge when I first started in the industry, I wouldn’t have taken the career development to where I am today”, said Gary Thornton, Mentors and an Associate Lighting Designer at Nulty.

To take advantage of this unique opportunity, students and emerging designers should finalize their submissions to the LIT Lighting Design Awards before the final deadline on October 22nd, 2022.