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. Others have benefited from commission and exhibition opportunities through the Lumen partner network.
“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, museums and festivals to curate shows that fit the theme and goals of our partners. For 2018, we have an interactive, family-friendly exhibition at Eureka! The National Museum for Children, which includes coding workshops for children. 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. 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.
We are always eager to hear from new partners as well as venues or festivals with an interest in what we do. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the ball rolling.
Founder and director
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 30 Lumen Prize shows and events globally.
Jack joined Lumen in 2015. Graduating with distinction from the University of the Arts London (UAL) in 2016 with an MA (Hons) in Fine Art Digital, he 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.
Communications manager (part-time)
Webmaster and digital designer (part-time)
Céline graduated with a Masters in Fine Art Digital from the University of the Arts London (Camberwell). Alongside looking after the Lumen Prize website, she assists on installing numerous Lumen Prize exhibitions.
Content editor (part-time)
Project manager (part-time)
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh’s MA (Hons) History of Art programme, Charlotte recently completed an MA in art business and works for Sotheby’s in London.
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.