The Prize

After a record number of entries, the judging has now commenced and the Lumen Prize’s 9th Longlist is here and the shortlist will be revealed in a webinar in partnership with the British Computer Society Institute of IT on 9 September. Our winners will be revealed at the Barbican Centre in London on 22 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 1 February next year.



Key Dates

09 September 2020

Student Prize Shortlist Announced

09 September 2020

Shortlist Announced

22 October 2020

Winners Announced

1 February 2021

2021 Call for Entries Opens


Gold Award


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.

3D/Interactive Award


For excellence in engaging with audiences through sound, touch or movement, including games, installations, websites or 3D sculptures.

XR Award


For excellence in Virtual, Augmented or Mixed Reality art.

BCS A.I. Award


For excellence in the use of artificial intelligence to produce an outstanding piece of art. Click here for more details. Sponsored by the BCS – Chartered Institute for IT.

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 more information.

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. 

Nordic Award


For excellence in art created with technology by an artist or collective from Nordic Countries sponsored by Sørlandets Kunstmuseum (SKMU), Norway. Click here for more information.

Jury panel

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.

Christiane Paul

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.

Ben Vickers

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.

Melanie Lenz

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.

Nathan Ladd

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.

Foteini Aravani

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.