What we do
The Lumen Prize for Digital Art celebrates the very best art created with technology through a global competition, exhibitions and events worldwide.
A not-for-profit based in Wales, UK, Lumen’s annual juried competition draws entries from artists globally and has given away more than US$50,000 in prize money since its launch in 2012.
More than a competition
Since its first show in London’s Cork Street back in 2013, Lumen has staged more than 40 exhibitions in venues across Asia, Europe and the US, as well as seminars, workshops and lectures. We work with a wide range of partners to create new audiences and opportunities for artists’ work, such as commissions, acquisitions, exhibitions and speaking engagements.
How we work with artists
Once an artist is selected for Lumen’s longlist or becomes a finalist or prizewinner, he or she becomes part of the Lumen family and eligible for a range of opportunities from that year forward. For example, a number of Lumen Prize artists from the early years of the competition have now seen their work collected by museums, galleries and are in private collectors. Others have benefited from commission and exhibition opportunities through the Lumen partner network including Meural, the digital canvas company, London’s Barbican Performing Arts Centre, Eureka! The National Children Museum, Halifax UK, and many others.
“The reputation of Lumen gets noticed and opens doors that my work alone can’t”
– Ed Bateman, Lumen finalist, Still Image award (2014) & Moving Image award (2016)
How we work with venues
Lumen works with galleries, institutions and festivals to curate shows that fit their theme and goals. For 2018, we have an interactive, family-friendly exhibition at Eureka! The National Museum for Children, which includes coding workshops for children. For the Brighton Digital Festival, we will be partnering with Cyland MediaLab of St Petersburg and the Computer Arts Society on a show that will feature a selection of the 2018 Lumen Shortlist selected by the Festival itself.
We also put on shows for contemporary art venues that highlight the latest trends in art created with technology, including artificial intelligence, augmented reality and generative work, such as Measures for Life, which will open in Hull’s Humber Street Gallery in July. Engaging the wide range of our artists’ creativity, we aim to push the boundaries of how art is enjoyed and viewed globally.
A bit of background…
Lumen was founded by Carla Rapoport, a financial journalist who moved into arts management in 2010. Lumen is owned by Lumen Projects Ltd, a not-for-profit company registered in Wales, United Kingdom. Carla’s goal was to widen the enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of art created with technology and widen the opportunities for artists working in this field globally.
We are always eager to hear from new partners with an interest in what we do. Please contact us at email@example.com to start the ball rolling.
Director & Founder
Following a career as a journalist with the Financial Times and The Economist Group located in Tokyo, Hong Kong and London, Carla moved into arts management in 2010 and founded the Lumen Prize in 2012. Since then, she has organised and spoken at over 35 Lumen Prize shows and events globally. Carla lives near Brecon, Wales and is a member of Visual Arts Panel of Theatr Brycheiniog & Andrew Lamont Gallery.
Jack graduated with distinction from the University of the Arts London (UAL) in 2016 with an MA (Hons) in Fine Art Digital and has seven years’ experience working in the digital arts. Alongside producing Lumen’s events, Jack works closely with our partners to build various opportunities for Lumen artists.
Céline graduated with a Masters in Fine Art Digital from the University of the Arts London (Camberwell). As well as looking after the Lumen Prize website, she assists on installing Lumen exhibitions as well as artist liaison.
A former Lumen Prize jury panel member, Tessa is an international contemporary art curator and writer, based in the UK, who advises Lumen on the development of its programme and curatorial approach.
Huijun Guan (Gigi)
Based in Shanghai, Gigi finished her MA Fine Art Digital from University of the Arts London (Camberwell). She assisted with Lumen's 2014 & 2015 London exhibitions and curated the Lumen exhibitions in Shanghai twice and once in Beijing along with lectures, talks and workshops. She also finds commission for Lumen artists in Asia.
A director of Lumen Projects, Lumen's parent company, Mary is an expert in propaganda and political art, and has curated shows on these subjects for the British Museum and other institutions.