The Lumen Prize: The Global Award and Tour for Digital Art 2017

Publish Date: Mar 15, 2017

Deadline: Jun 01, 2017

“The World’s Pre-eminent Digital Art Prize” - The Guardian Culture Blog

Lumen's 6th Call for Entires  - with a $10.5k prize fund and a global tour - opens March 22nd. Categories include still, moving image, interactive, AR/VR, web-based and 3D/Sculpture. 

Founded in 2012, Lumen has staged 30 exhibitions across 10 countries and has awarded more than $40,000 in prize money. In 2017 The Lumen Prize will be visiting Florence, New York and Shanghai. 

Our 6th Call for Entries opens March 22 2017.

How do I enter? 

Registration for the 2017 Competition will open on March 22, 2017.

What does it cost? 

It's US$45 for 2 works and US$22.50 for each additional work. A not-for-profit organisation, Lumen receives no outside funding. All entry fees go directly towards the prizes and global tour.

What art is eligible? 

All art is eligible as long as it engages with technology in some form. If you have any questions regarding whether your work suits The Lumen Prize please email

What if my work is site specific? 

It's still eligible for the tour - we can show a documentation video of your work, if selected, or use a model or scaled down version for the tour.

What kind of equipment can artists use? 

Artists can use any equipment, there is no limit. Traditional work can be part of the creative process, but we do not accept digitised versions of traditional work.

How does the Lumen Prize work? 

In late September, we announce the winners of the 2017 Lumen Prize and exhibit the winning and shortlisted works in London. The tour, an ever evolving programme of events, that takes place around the world; these events include exhibitions, seminars and festivals.

Who judges the top prizes? 

The Longlist will be reviewed by an eminent international jury panel - including Doug Dodds, senior curator of the V&A - who will select the top prize winners.

How does the judging work? 

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. The Longlist then goes before our eminent Jury Panel, who select the exhibition and award winners. 

When do I find out if I've been selected for the Lumen Prize? 

A timeline is below, but please note that this is subject to change.  

  • ▪ March 22 - June 1: Entries open
  • ▪ June: Judging begins
  • ▪ July: Longlist announced
  • ▪ August: Shortlist announced
  • ▪ September 21: Winners Announced 

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below. 

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