Lumen Art Prize - Leeds International Festival

Lumen Art Prize

Leeds International Festival 17 28 – 30 April 2017

Lumen Arts Prize took place from the 28th-30th April in the inaugural Leeds International Festival, back in 2017. As well as featuring the 2016 Lumen Prize tour, the partnership event included talks, workshops and evening events.

The Lumen Prize for Art and Technology celebrates the very best in art create with technology, from across the world. Launched in 2012, the prize celebrates this technologically-engineered art through its global competition, as well as through events and exhibitions held around the globe. The annual competition draws entries from across the world, and to date has given away more than $70,000 in prize money!

Lumen Art Projects is a not-for-profit based in the UK. They are dedicated to assisting and providing opportunities for artists who work their art through technologies. Lumen Art Projects link to cultural venues, festivals and institutions across the world.


The 2017 Lumen Arts Prize exhibited the shortlisted nominees at various locations throughout Leeds Dock, creating immersive, interactive and ultimately award-winning exhibits that blurred that fine line dividing technology, art, sound and audience participation.

The winners of Leeds’ 2017 Lumen Arts Prize created art with a strongly political tone. Many reflected upon big political events, as well as the growing anxiety around our impact on the environment. The top prize, for the first time, was taken by an interactive work of art!

Credit: Hyperplanes of Simultaneity, by Fabio Giampietro
Hyperplanes of Simultaneity, by Fabio Giampietro

Plastic Reflectic by Thijs Biersteker was the piece that won gold in the 2017 prize, and its truly resonant, entertaining and educating nature somewhat redefined what we expect from art, illustrating the way that this technologically-inspired genre can shift and rewrite boundaries.