It’s been rough, but our Jury Panel has done it. They’ve selected the top 31 works from this year’s Longlist. We can tell from the number of people voting for the People’s Choice Award that this year’s longlist has been a corker. But the tough part of holding a competition is having to choose who goes through to the next round.
Click here if you want to take a look for yourself. Here’s a few stats in the meantime. Lumen is still heavily weighted to our home country, with 15 artists of the 30 from the UK, including two from Wales where we’re based. Five are from the US, two from China and Germany and one each from Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Russia and South Korea. It’s a roster that shows, once again, how incredibly widespread the engagement with technology is among artists.
One small disappointment is that only 8 of the finalists were created by women, with a further 3 by mixed-sex duos. We aim to boost this ratio in the years to come and if you can make it to the Awards Ceremony on the 27th, you’ll hear about how we intend to do that.
It’s hard to compare these works as the styles range from abstraction to hyper-rendered, from large-scale to desk-top size installations, and a mixture of digital and analog processes. One work relies almost entirely on magnetic forces to work. Themes this year were slightly less political than last, with a heavy emphasis on nature and its relationship to humans and the relation between real and digital.
We’re also announcing, simultaneously, the shortlist for the 2018 Meural Student Award. For the second year in a row, Meural, the digital canvas company, is sponsoring this free-to-enter competition for students in full-time study. We’re delighted that this year’s call-out received over 100 entries from 4 countries. With the assistance of a special panel of judges, including me, Poppy Simpson, Head of Content and Curation at Meural and others, we narrowed this down to a shortlist of 6 works. You can see these by clicking here. The winner will be announced by Poppy on the 27th and awarded $500.
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