Caerphilly Castle to host the world’s leading digital artists

Caerphilly Castle, one of South Wales’s key historic venues, is to house a range of VR paintings, multimedia sculptures and augmented selfies as part of the Lumen Prize 2016 tour.

The exhibition is to take place from November 23rd to the 28th, and it’ll feature the work of two leading Welsh artists. These are Gwynedd-based Mark Eaglen and Ronan Devlin from Conwy.

Mark submitted a piece called ‘Transmission Call’ and was shortlisted in the 3D/sculpture category, while Ronan Devlin had the chance to showcase his work during the 2015 Lumen Prize tour.

Lumen Prize is one of the world’s leading awards for the growing digital art industry. It’s backed by Lumen Projects, a not-for-profit social enterprise that promotes artists whose work is tech-oriented.

The organisation was founded in Wales, and it currently has operations in Cardiff and the hamlet of Llangasty, Powys. Artists from all across the world were invited to apply for the prize.

One of the key highlights of this exhibition is a masterpiece by Italian duo Fabio Giampietro and Alessio De Vecchi, which lets spectators view canvases through a Samsung Gear VR headset.

A number of award-winning UK artists will also feature in the show at the castle. Collective boredom research’s computer-generated landscape ‘AfterGlow’, Matteo Zamagni’s sensory VR experience ‘Nature Abstraction’, and Esther Rolinson and Sean Clark’s light-animated sculpture “Flown’ will be featured.

The event will be supported by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service. It was set up to protect and promote Welsh heritage, as well as the Arts Council Wales.

Carla Rapoport, director and founder of The Lumen Prize, said: “I always get the breath knocked out of me by the power and beauty of the Lumen Prize Shortlist, but this year the quality and variety of the work we are showing is extraordinary.

“We are so grateful for the local support we’ve received since we made Wales our home in 2012. It’s a privilege to bring this year’s winners to Caerphilly Castle for the first time and to open up doors for some of the very best digital art being created today.”

The Lumen Prize 2016 exhibition will take place in the Main Hall of Caerphilly Castle from Wednesday 23rd to Monday 28th November.  Opening times are 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Entry is £6 for adults and £4.20 for concessions.

Image source: Knight Center for Journalism