Call for entries
The Lumen Prize for Digital Art celebrates the very best art created with technology through a global competition, exhibitions and events worldwide. Since its first show in London’s Cork Street back in 2013, Lumen has staged more than 40 exhibitions in venues across Asia, Europe and the US, as well as seminars, workshops and lectures. It works with a wide range of partners to create new audiences and opportunities for artists’ work, such as commissions, acquisitions, exhibitions and speaking engagements.
This year there is a prize fund of $11,000, plus the opportunity to be part of a global programme of exhibitions, commissions and events.
The categories are Still, Moving Image, AR/VR, 3D/Interactive, the BCS Artificial Intelligence and the Meural Student Award. All finalists are eligible for three further awards: the People’s Choice award, the Founder’s award and the Gold award.
The awards are the following:
- Gold Award $4,000 (The Lumen Prize Gold Award goes to the artist whose work is judged to be exceptional across all categories)
- Moving Image Award $1,000 (For excellence in time-based artwork, including animation, generative or video art, either narrative or non-narrative)
- Still Image Award $1,000 (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 $1,000 (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 $1,000 (For work which uses virtual, augmented or mixed reality technologies in new and engaging ways)
- Founder’s Award $1,000 (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 $1,000 (For an artist who has used some form of artificial intelligence to produce an outstanding piece of art)
- 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)
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Any artist, anywhere, is eligible to enter.
- All art is eligible as long as it engages with technology in some form.
- Artists can use any equipment, there is no limit.
- Applicants need to choose a category to enter.
- Individuals may enter as many works as they like. Two works may be submitted with each entry costing US$45 and each additional entry costing US$22.50.
- Only works registered through the website will be accepted.
- Deadline: 1 June 2018.
After reviewing the terms and conditions of LUMEN Prize 2018, enter your artwork online. For further details, check the FAQs.
The judging of the Lumen Prize is done in two stages. All works are reviewed by our international selection committee, made up of art and technology specialists, including curators, writers and academics. This group selects the Lumen longlist, which opens for a public vote for the People’s Choice award in August. If the artwork is selected for the longlist, a notification will be sent to the artist via email in late July.
The 2018 Jury Panel includes:
- Foteini Aravani (Digital curator at the Museum of London)
- Bruce Wands (Chair emeritus of the School of Visual Arts/SVA, New York, MFA computer art department)
- Irini Papadimitriou (Digital programmes manager, V&A Museum, London, and head of new media arts, Watermans, London)
- Carla Gannis (Professor, Pratt Institute, department of digital arts)
- Fei Jun (Head of media lab at China's Central Academy of Fine Arts)
The Lumen awards ceremony will take place on 27 September 2018 in London.