The Lumen Prize (The global prize for art & technology)

Dates or Deadline: 
14 February 2021 to 3 June 2021
Organized by: 
Lumen Prize
Contact: 
Jack Addis

Do you create art with technology? Now's your chance to win one of the Lumen Prize Awards. Our tenth Call for Entries opens on 15th February with a prize fund of $11,500 and opportunities to be part of a global programme of exhibitions, commissions and events.

Awards Spotlight

Nordic Award

We are proud to be partnering with Sørlandets Kunstmuseum/KUNSTSILO who for second year in a row is sponsoring the Nordic Award. This Award is for excellence in art created with technology by an artist or collective from Nordic Countries including Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Finland, and the Faroe Islands.

MindFuture Award

The Lumen Prize is partnering with the MindFuture Foundation on the first MindFuture Award. The award has been created to celebrate excellence in the creation of art that engages audiences in a dialogue about the personal, cultural, and social significance of artificial intelligence, robotics or biotechnology.

Key Dates

15 February 2021

Call for Entries Opens

04 June 2021

Call for Entries Closes

30 June 2021

Longlist Announced

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Whats does the entry form ask me?

We ask two main questions:

Artwork description

Please provide your artistic concept, ideas or influences. Limit your description to approximately 250 words.

Artwork technical description

List the hardware and software you used, including anything originally-coded or designed by you. Please specify the physical dimensions, if applicable.

2. How should I present my work?

We ask for a primary image or video that best represents your work. Alongside this you are able to upload three supporting images. Videos should be hosted on Youtube or Vimeo

3. What does it cost?

It’s US$38.00 for two works and US$19.00 for each additional work. A not-for-profit organisation, Lumen receives no outside funding. All entry fees go directly towards the prizes and our global events.

4. What can I win?

Next year’s prize fund will be $11,500. The categories will be Still, Moving Image, XR, 3D/Interactive and Artificial Intelligence. Finalists are also eligible for the Lumen Gold Award with a $4,000 cash prize and there is a free-to-enter Student Award with a cash prize of $500.

5. What kind of art is eligible?

All art is eligible as long as it engages with technology in some form. You do not need to be a digital artist or be able to design software to enter. To see which category to enter you can read the category descriptions here. If you have any questions regarding whether your work suits the Lumen Prize, please email jack@lumenprize.com.

6. What kind of equipment or software can artists use?

Artists can use any equipment, there is no limit!

7. How does the judging work?

The judging of the Lumen Prize is done in two stages, to create a longlist and shortlist. The longlist is determined by our International Selectors Committee This longlist is reviewed by the Jury Panel, who select the finalists and winners of each category. By having these two rounds of judging we insure all entries submitted to the Lumen Prize are given the time to be evaluated fairly.

8. Who judges the top prizes?

The longlist will then be reviewed by our international Jury Panel which will select the finalists and top prize winners. This panel includes Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator, Whitney Museum, New York City, Ben Vickers, CTO, the Serpentine Galleries, London, Melanie Lenz, Digital Curator, Victoria and Albert Museum and Nathan Ladd, Assistant Curator, Tate Britain.