Curated by LUMEN
Lumen is an art collective, focused on themes of astronomy and light, regularly exhibiting in churches as well as galleries. Through art, exhibitions and seminars, Lumen aim to raise a dialogue about how humanity understands existence. The directors of Lumen are Louise Beer, Melanie King and Rebecca Huxley.
Lumen first launched at The Crypt Gallery in Saint Pancras on the Winter Solstice in December 2014.
Since then, Lumen has curated exhibitions about a wide range of subjects including the detrimental effects of light pollution, the representation of voids and black holes.Since May 2015, Lumen have also curated exhibitions within their own gallery space the Crypt at St John on Bethnal Green, in their gallery Lumen have curated group shows, solo shows and artist in residence programmes.
Since September 2015, Lumen have taken 20 artists on an annual residency to the town of Atina, Italy, where the artists have an opportunity to create work in spacious studios. This residency includes a number of trips to local observatories, art galleries and churches. The results of the work are then exhibited in The Crypt Gallery in London.
In 2017, Lumen curated a large scale three-story exhibition at Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, entitled “School of Light”. Following this, Lumen were commissioned by the British Science Association to create an art installation representing the constellation of Aries, visible in the sky at the time of the exhibition. In August 2017, Lumen created an eclipse-themed commission for the Green Man Festival, to coincide with the total solar eclipse happening in the USA at the time of the festival.
From 25-27 May 2018, Lumen will hold the exhibition “Cosmic Perspectives” exhibition at Ugly Duck, which focuses on the fragility and monumental importance of life on Earth from the darkness of space, and how concepts such as the Overview Effect alter our collective perception of ecology.