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 opened on the 13th February and closes at midnight on the 12th June.

Who’s eligible to enter?

Any artist, anywhere.

What does it cost?

It’s US$38.00 for two works and US$19.00 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 Lumen Gold Award with a $4,000 cash prize and there is a free-to-enter Student Award with a cash prize of $500.

Any new awards this year?

Glad you asked. We’ve launched two new awards for 2020, the Nordic Award for artists with passports from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway or the Faroe Islands and the Global South Award for artists from Latin American, Africa and the developing economies of Asia.

What kind of art is eligible?

All art is eligible as long as it engages with technology in some form. You do not need to be a digital artist or be able to design software to enter. 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. This panel includes Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator, Whitney Museum, New York City, Ben Vickers, CTO, the Serpentine Galleries, London, Melanie Lenz, Digital Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum and Nathan Ladd, Assistant Curator, Tate Britain

When will I know if I’ve been selected?

The 2020 longlist will be announced at the EVA conference in London on 8 July and the finalists at a seminar at the British Computer Society on 9 September. The winners will be announced in London on October 22nd at this year’s Awards Ceremony at the Barbican Centre for Performing Arts, London.

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 through our sister company Lumen Art Projects. 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.

OK, I’m ready to enter. What now?

Head over to Artopps and get started!