From Our House to Yours 🌱

By Carla Rapoport March 31, 2020

Dear Friends,

We hope this finds you safe and well.

As the world wrestles with COVID-19, the power of art has never been more vital. At Lumen Art Projects, home of the Lumen Prize, we are busy working on how to bring Lumen artists’ work to life in online environments. We know the effect of this virus has impacted each and every one of you. So, we’ve extended the deadline for our 2020 Call for Entries and reduced the entry fee – for details please see below.

If you are seeking new experiences online, why not enjoy Variant, created by 2016 Lumen finalists Ken Kirschner and Josh Ott of Interval Studio in NYC. These works, part of Shapeshift, an exhibition we programmed for the UK’s Eureka!, The National Children’s Museum, are now shuttered, so Ken and Josh have made Variant apps free to download on the Apple iTunes store. You can download their mesmerising journeys in music and colour here using these four links: CascadeFlare, Blue and SONiC. Enjoy!

We’re proceeding with this year’s call, but you’ll be relieved to hear we are extending the deadline until 12th June. Our planned events this year – including an exhibition in Norway and commissions in London – are being delayed and we’ll have updates for those soon.

We’re hoping our 22nd October date for the awards ceremony at the Barbican Centre for Performing Arts – and a day of talks on 23rd October at IBM Southbank – are safe but will move them to 2021 if not. We’ll be announcing the Longlist in August and the Shortlist in September as planned.


As mentioned above, we’ve decided to reduce the price to enter this year to $38. All artists who have entered will receive a refund of $10 but please be patient while we process this.

We are also working on providing a high-profile platform for our shortlist this year – more details in due course.

Everything else about the prize remains the same: US$11,500 prize fund including two new awards for artists living in Global South and Nordic countries and a free-to-enter student prize. Details of all the prizes here.

As always, please get in touch at if you have any questions and in the meantime, stay safe and well!

Top Image Credit: AfterGlow by Boredom Research, 2016 Lumen Prize Moving Image Award Winner. The work was funded by the Wellcome Trust, boredomresearch collaborated with Dr Paddy Brock, a mathematical modeller at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, to explore the bounds of current epidemiological practice. The work creates a visualisation of a malaria infection scenario which I thought was apt today.

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