We are proud to present the Lumen Prize’s 9th shortlist here. Winners will be announced at a live-streamed event on 22 October at 6pm. Details on how to join us will be announced in early October.
Lumen is more than a prize. All artists selected for the longlist, shortlist as well as the award winners are eligible for opportunities with Lumen Art Projects, our parent company, including commissions, exhibitions and events globally. We’ll be opening our 2021 Call on 15 February next year.
22 October 2020
22 October 2020
Winners Online Exhibition Opens
15 February 2021
2021 Call for Entries Opens
The Gold Award goes to the artist whose work is judged to be exceptional across all categories.
Moving Image Award
For excellence in time-based artwork, including animation, CGI, generative or video art; narrative or non-narrative works.
Still Image Award
For outstanding work using digital processes in its creation, including photo-manipulation, 3D renders, or drawings created on phones, tablets or PCs using digital software.
For excellence in engaging with audiences through sound, touch or movement, including games, installations, websites or 3D sculptures.
For excellence in Virtual, Augmented or Mixed Reality art.
Global South Award
For excellence in art created with technology by an artist or collective from Africa, Latin America or the developing economies of Asia and the Middle East. Click here for this year’s shortlist.
Photomonitor Student Award
For excellence in Still or Moving Image created by a student currently enrolled in a degree programme in the arts. This prize is free to enter.
The judging of the Lumen Prize is done in two stages. The longlist is determined by our International Selectors Committee of curators, artists and academics. This longlist is then reviewed by the Jury Panel, who select the finalists and winners.
Adjunct Curator, Digital Art, Whitney Museum
Christiane Paul is Adjunct Curator of Digital Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, chief curator/director of the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons School of Design, and a professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School.
CTO, the Serpentine Galleries, London
Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, explorer, publisher, technologist and luddite. He is CTO at The Serpentine Galleries in London, co-founder of Ignota Books and an initiator of the open-source monastic order unMonastery.
Digital Curator, V&A Museum
Melanie is the curator of Digital Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where she has also worked as the Digital Programmes Learning Manager. Before joining the V&A she was a curatorial fellow at the Barbican Art Gallery and has over 10 years of experience working in the museum sector curating, commissioning and delivering projects.
Assistant Curator, Tate Britain
As Assistant Curator of British Contemporary Art, Nathan curated Sophia Al-Maria’s Beast Type Song for Tate Britain’s Art Now programme in early 2020 and was part of the curatorial team for Year 3 by Steve McQueen at Tate Britain. In his previous role at Tate Modern, Nathan curated displays for artists including Douglas Gordan, Jordan Wolfson and Jenny Holzer.
Digital Curator at the Museum of London
Foteini is in charge of developing the MoL’s digital collections. She launched the video games collection and is currently focusing on social media collecting. With the move to its West Smithfield market, she is responsible for the digital content in the New Museum. She was the Lead Curator for The City is Ours in 2017 and has commissioned a range digital art installations.