Call for Artists – 6th Lumen Prize

Call for Artists – 6th Lumen Prize

An international open call for artists engaged with digital technology.

Deadline: June 1, 2017 

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Open to emerging and established artists working with technology and digital media, the competition offers a prize fund of $10,500, plus shortlisted and winning artists will have their works included in Lumen’s annual programme of exhibitions and events around the world. Now in its 6th year, The Lumen Prize has already awarded over $40,000 in prize money and has staged over 30 exhibitions worldwide, in cities including London, New York, Shanghai, Amsterdam and Athens.

The 2017 prizes are: 

  • Gold Award ($3000)
  • Moving Image ($1000)
  • Still Image ($1000)
  • AR/VR ($1000)
  • 3D/Sculpture ($1000)
  • Interactive ($1000)
  • Web-based ($1000)
  • Founder’s Award ($750)
  • Meural Student Prize ($500)
  • People’s Choice Award ($250)

The 2017 Jury Panel includes:

  • Doug Dodds, Senior Curator, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
  • Foteini Aravani, Digital Curator, Museum of London
  • Michael Takeo Magruder, 2015 Lumen Prize category winner
  • Tessa Jackson OBE, independent curator and consultant
  • Weiwei Wang, Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai
  • Bruce Wands, Chair Emeritus, School of Visual Arts, New York

The Longlist will be determined by the International Selectors’ Committee (ISC), co-chaired by Irini Papadimitriou (V&A and Watermans) and Janice Lane (National Museum Wales). This year’s ISC, which is made up of curators, gallerists, and academics, includes Carla Gannis (2016 Lumen Prize Founder’s Prize winner and digital professor at Pratt Institute, NY), Kelani Nichole (TRANSFER Gallery), Alessio de Vecchi (2016 Lumen Prize Gold Award winner) and Scott Draves (2015 Lumen Prize Founder’s Prize winner).

In 2016 the Gold Award was presented to the Italian duo Fabio Giampietro and Alessio de Vecchi for Hyperplanes of Simultaneity, a virtual reality experience which transformed the traditional canvas into a 360° cityscape. Since winning the award the duo have been featured in national, technology and arts press, and Fabio recently hosted a series of workshops at the House of Peroni experiential event in London.

Shortlisted artists and recipients of The Lumen Prize from other years have also gone on to achieve success around the world. British artist Andy Lomas’ 2014 Prize winning work Cellular Forms is now in the collection of the V&A; Alexandra Handal, winner of the 2014 People’s Choice Gold Award, whose web-based Dream Homes Property Consultants has recently been acquired by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; and Michael Takeo Magurder, recipient of the 2015 Immersive Environments Award for A New Jerusalem, who is currently artist-in-residence at The British Library.

Other artists who have been shortlisted and/or received awards include: Jon McCormack, Carla Gannis, Golan Levin, Esther Rolinson, Fabiano Mixo, Sam Rolfes, Matteo Zamagni, Claire Reika Wright, Marpi and onformative.

Things to remember:

• There is an administration fee of $45 – covers two entries. Each additional entry costs $22.50. Fees go directly to the prize fund and global tour.

• You must select a category to enter from: Moving Image, Still, Web-based, 3D/Sculpture, Interactive, VR/AR, Student

• The Student Prize is only valid for still and moving image. To enter the Student Prize email

• Digitised versions of traditional artworks will not be accepted

• Deadline for submissions is June 1 2017

• Longlist will be announced at the V&A Digital Futures on July 11th