Nordic Award

We are honoured to be partnering with Sørlandets Kunstmuseum (SKMU)/ Kunstsilo, Kristiansand, Norway, to promote artists working at the intersection between art and technology in Nordic countries, and to enable more Nordic artists to connect with global audiences.

The Nordic Award seeks to recognise excellence by an artist or artist collective living and working in Nordic Countries, including Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Artists with passports from these countries – no matter where they live – are eligible.

Trude Gomnæs Ugelstad, Sørlandets Kunstmuseum/ Kunstsilo’s artistic director comments: “We are pleased that through the Nordic Award, we can both empower and promote artists who are exploring creative technology in art. We are eager to see artists responding to this call and are honoured to be connected to the Lumen network.”

“Digital art is a significant part of the contemporary art practice; but seems to be marginalized in art history overall. We believe that the Nordic Award can contribute to an increased awareness of artist working in the intersection of art and technology, “ she concludes.

An Exciting Development

Sørlandets Kunstmuseum wants to strengthen this field through its own exhibitions, workshops and lectures. Ms Ugelstad continues: 

“We see a very exciting development in digital art internationally and are very pleased to be able to anchor our commitment to art and technology through this collaboration. We believe that when artist groups such as Tokyo’s teamLab Borderless museum tops the visitor statistics, and institutions such as the Royal College of Art expand their curriculum to include technology, there is a significant change going on that affects the art field. We not only want to experience change but contribute to a shift that we see will be important, both for Nordic artists and their audiences”. 

In addition to a cash prize of US$1000, the winner will also be invited to a dialog with SKMU regarding a possibility of exhibiting the work at the museum.

Artists who are eligible should enter the prize in the normal way and ‘opt in’ on the entry form to be considered for this award. If their work is selected for the 2020 Longlist, they automatically qualify for the Nordic Award as well as the category awards and the Gold Award. Our Jury Panel will select a shortlist for the Nordic Award which will be announced in September. The winner will be announced at our awards ceremony in London on 22/10/20.

A shortlist for this award will be announced on 9 September, along with the shortlist for the Global South Award. The winner will be announced at the Barbican Centre on 22 October.


The founder of the Lumen Prize, Carla Rapoport, adds: 

 «It is a great honour and privilege to be partnering with Sørlandets Kunstmuseum / Kunstsilo in Kristiansand, Norway, one of Scandinavia’s most innovative and respected art institutions. The museum aims to become a leader among cultural institutions globally in focusing on the very best work created in the intersection of art and technology. We are excited to be their partner on this journey. ”