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The Award

Goal of the International Light Art Award, an initiative of the Centre for International Light Art Unna and Innogy Foundation, is to show works by emerging artists, who will contribute to the development of light art in an innovative and creative way. As a competence centre of light art, it is the museum’s concern to inspire and promote. Artists working with light are often exposed to difficult conditions: light art installations need specific rooms that do justice to the works and to the effects the artists wish to achieve. High financial as well as technical requirements thus mean that artists are often unable to realize their ideas and are forced to show their projects as mere models. This reduces the artistic impact they might otherwise have achieved when building an actual installation.

With this award and the accompanying exhibition in Unna, we, the Centre for International Light Art, want to provide a platform for coming generations of light artists. New technologies, energy usage, and sustainability will play an important role in the competition. We invite artists to reflect on the Future of Light Art and elaborate a concept of how this future could look like.

"As light becomes a key cross-cutting discipline in the 21st century, it is essential that its importance is fully appreciated. It is equally vital that the brightest young minds from all areas of the world continue to be attracted to careers in this field." (UNESCO)


Innogy Foundation

Innogy Foundation aims to provide access to art and culture, choosing forms of expression that draw on energy: the Foundation supports light and video art as well as projects in the electronic media. The Innogy Foundation has been partner and sponsor of the International Light Art Award ever since the 1st edition in 2015.

Innogy’s funding gives priority to artistic projects that follow interdisciplinary approaches and seek a dialogue going beyond the bounds of individual disciplines, institutions and target groups. In this way, art is able to create impetus for our society and redefine the boundaries.

Furthermore, Innogy Foundation provides young artists with their first opportunities to develop and present themselves. For example, our artist-in-residence programme offers artists space for them to shape as they wish.

You can also find Innogy Foundation on Facebook!

artist-in-residence programme Facebook

The Jury

Barbara Könches
She is the director of the ZERO foundation since 2017, after working as a curator at ZKM and being Head of Visual Arts at Kunststiftung NRW North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf.

Wolfgang Ullrich
The art historian is known for his numerous publications on different aspects in the fields of arts and he was awarded the scholar’s prize, the Wissenschaftspreis, by the Aby Warburg Foundation. He taught at various universities like Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg and the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe.

Alice Hinrichs
Alice Hinrichs is a young curator from Berlin, who has dedicated herself to her platform ARTE LUCE and the associated exhibition projects. In November 2018, the first edition of the Light Art Weekend Group Exhibition will be opened in the Alte Münze Berlin, presenting twelve international artists. She also runs the T.W. foundation in Hamburg, which has committed itself to promoting media and light art and managing a collection of important artists from the division. She studied at King's College London and SDA Bocconi in Milan.

Leevi Haapala
Leevi Haapala has been director of the KIASMA, the museum of contemporary art in Helsinki, since 2015. It is part of the Finnish National Gallery and is one of the leading museums of contemporary art in Scandinavia. This winter there will be an exhibition about artist Ann Veronica Janssens.

Maria Hassabi
Maria Hassabi is a New York based artist and choreographer. Her performances and installations are presented worldwide in theaters, museums, galleries, and public spaces including K20, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Düsseldorf), documeta14 (Kassel) and more. Hassabi has received a 2016 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for her work PLASTIC (2015-16) as an Outstanding Production.

6th April 2018
16th September 2018
Deadline Concepts
October/November 2018
Jury chooses the 3 finalists
November 2018 - May 2019
Finalists realize their concepts
7th June 2019
Award ceremony + Opening of the accompanying exhibition in Unna for invited guests
10th November 2019
Exhibition “The Future of Light Art” closes


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Art Unna

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