The Prize

The call for entries for the seventh Lumen Prize, with a prize fund of $11K, is now open. Details of the awards and the judging process are below. Questions? Check out our FAQs.

Awards

Gold Award

$4000

The Lumen Prize Gold Award goes to the artist whose work is judged to be exceptional across all categories.

Moving Image Award

$1000

For excellence in time-based artwork, including animation, generative or video art, either narrative or non-narrative.

Still Image Award

$1000

For outstanding still work using digital processes in its creation, including photo-manipulation, 3D renders or drawings using originally coded or proprietary software on a PC, tablet or phone.

3D/Interactive Award

$1000

For outstanding 3D/interactive work that pushes the boundaries of audience participation and the enjoyment of art.  Artworks can be, for instance, websites, sculptures or interactive installations.

VR/AR Award

$1000

For work which uses virtual, augmented or mixed reality technologies in new and engaging ways.

Founder’s Award

$1000

Awarded to an artist whose practice uniquely engages new audiences through digital techniques.

People’s Choice Award

$500

Determined by an public vote of the Lumen longlist, which opens in mid-August.

The BCS Artificial Intelligence Award

$1000

For an artist who has used some form of artificial intelligence to produce an outstanding piece of art. Click here for more details. Sponsored by the BCS – Chartered Institute for IT.

The Meural Student Award

$500

For a student – at any level – who has created a work which is considered excellent as either a still or moving image. Click here for details on how to enter. Sponsored by Meural.

Jury panel

The judging of the Lumen Prize is done in two stages. The longlist is determined by our international selection committee of curators, artists and academics. This longlist is then reviewed by the judging panel, who select the finalists and winners.

Foteini Aravani

Digital curator at the Museum of London

Foteini develops the museum’s digital collecting activities and identifies opportunities for acquiring digital material to enhance and enrich the museum’s collections.

Louise Lawson

Conservation Manager, Time-Based Media, Tate

Louise manages Time-Based Media conservation at Tate, one of the world’s leading contemporary art institutions, which owns Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Louise plays a leading role in developing the conservation specialism of Time-Based Media, supporting R&D in standards of care.

Bruce Wands

Chair emeritus of the School of Visual Arts (SVA), New York, MFA computer art department

Bruce is a widely-exhibited artist, author of ‘Art of the Digital Age’ and director of the New York Digital Salon.

Irini Papadimitriou

Digital programmes manager, V&A Museum, London, and head of new media arts, Watermans, London

Irini runs digital programmes for the V&A, the world’s largest art and design museum, and manages its ‘Digital Design Weekends’. She also curates regular digital art shows for Watermans arts centre in west London.

Carla Gannis

Professor, Pratt Institute, department of digital arts

An internationally-recognised visual artist working with digital media, Carla Gannis is based in New York and professor at the Pratt Institute in the department of digital arts. Since 2003, she has had 20 solo exhibits, many of which carry her common conceptual elements of power, sexuality and storytelling. Carla won the 2016 Lumen Founder’s award.

Fei Jun

Head of media lab at China's Central Academy of Fine Arts

Based in Beijing, Fei Jun is the head of the media lab and professor in interactive media art at China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), curator of the Beijing Media Art Biennale and a working artist. His art and design work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has received many awards.

Call for entries closes June 1!

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