Everything you wanted to know about entering the Lumen Prize in one place

What are the 2020 Lumen Prize call for entries dates?

The Call for Entries opens on the 13th February and closes at midnight on the May 5th.

Who’s eligible to enter?

Any artist, anywhere.

What does it cost?

It’s US$48.00 for two works and US$24.00 for each additional work. A not-for-profit organisation, Lumen receives no outside funding. All entry fees go directly towards the prizes and our global events.

What can I win?

Next year’s prize fund will be $11,500. The categories will be Still, Moving Image, XR, 3D/Interactive and Artificial Intelligence. Finalists are also eligible for the People’s Choice Award and the Lumen Gold award.

What kind of art is eligible?

All art is eligible as long as it engages with technology in some form. If you have any questions regarding whether your work suits the Lumen Prize, please email jack@lumenprize.com.

Can a collective or a group of artists participate?

Yes! If you are submitting a collaborative project, you can register as an artist collective or an artist with partners.

Do I have to choose a category to enter?

Yes. If you are unsure what category to enter, please email us.

What kind of equipment can artists use?

Artists can use any equipment, there is no limit. If your work is site-specific, please provide video documentation.

How will I know if I’ve been selected?

If you are selected for the Longlist, we will email you in August at the email address you provided in your entry.

How does the judging work?

All works are reviewed by our International Selectors Committee, made up of art and technology specialists, including top curators, writers and academics from around the world. This group selects the Lumen longlist.

Who judges the top prizes?

The longlist will then be reviewed by our eminent international Jury Panel which will select the finalists and top prize winners. The 2020 finalists will be published online in September and the winners will be announced in London in October, 2020. Should you wish to attend this year’s Awards Ceremony, it will be held on October 24th at the Barbican Centre London. Please check the Events page for how to book in late summer.

What are the opportunities for finalists and winners?

Lumen runs an active events schedule of exhibitions and seminars as well as partnering with festivals and venues globally. These events feature Lumen finalists, longlisted artists and winners from current and past years. So once you qualify, you become a member of the Lumen family.  Keep an eye on our Events page as well as our Twitter and Instagram feeds for updates of these events.