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 we aim to raise a dialogue about how humanity understands existence.
The members 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". In March 2018, Lumen will curate another exhibition at Ugly Duck about the concept of the Overview Effect and how viewing the Earth from space affects our collective perception of ecology.
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.
Exhibitions Curated/ Co-Curated by Lumen
16 May - Lumen: TBC, Morgue Gallery, Chelsea College of Art, London, England
27 April - 4 May - Black Hole Club - Vivid Projects, Birmingham, England
22 March - 25 March, Ugly Duck, London, England.
19 - 21 January - Lumen: Atina Residency 2017, Euston Crypt Gallery, London, England
01 - 07 December - Lumen, Bankley Gallery, Manchester, England
02 - 05 November - Julie Hill: Mirroring Darkness, Lumen Gallery, London, England 28 September - Constellations: Orion, Lumen Gallery, London, England
13 August - Lumen Residency 2017, Atina, Italy
6 July - Ivana Kupala, Phytology, London, England
1 July - Constellations: Cassiopeia, Lumen Gallery, London, England
22 March - Kosmica, Paris, France
14 - 19 March, Diego Valente: Resonance Room, St John on Bethnal Green, London, England
24 February - RCA Exhibition, Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn Residency Exhibition, Lumen Gallery, London, England
3 - 5 February - Lumen: School of Light - Ugly Duck, London, England
19 - 21 December - Making in Transit, The Arctic Treasure Hunt, Lumen Gallery, London, England
10 December - Look Mum No Computer: Kind of an Exhibition, Lumen Gallery, London, England
03 December - Lumen Christmas Fair, Lumen Gallery and St John on Bethnal Green, London, England
25 - 26 November - La Fine dell’Universo - Crypt Gallery, London, England 13 November - Dronica, The Old Church, London, England
04 August - D503 and Andrea Von Paduano, Lumen Gallery, London, England 13 September - Residency Exhibition, Atina, Italy
30 July - Lumen Science Fair, Lumen Gallery and St John on Bethnal Green, London, England
21 June - 7 July - VOID, Lumen Gallery, London, England
26 May - Astronomical Light, Stour Space, London, England
05 May - Minor Delay, Lumen Gallery, London, England
29 April - 02 May - David Marron: Encounters, Lumen Gallery, London, England 07 April - BYOB, Lumen Gallery, London, England
05 November - Lumen: La Luce delle Stelle, The Crypt Gallery, London, England 23 September - Lumen Residency Exhibition, Atina, Italy
24 July - Tending to Infinity, Carousel, London, England
10 July - How to Become a Cult Leader 314, Apiary Studios, London, England 12 May - Lumen Open Studios, Lumen Gallery, London, England
13 - 28 March, Lumen II: Dark from Night, The Belfry, St Johns on Bethnal Green, London, England
17 - 22 Dec - Lumen I, Euston Crypt Gallery, London, England
British Science Association
Creatures of the Night, Shrinking Spaces, Swansea, England
Electromagnetic Field Festival, Guildford, England
Residencies Curated by Lumen
August - Lumen: Atina, Atina, Italy. With Natasha Sabatini.
July - Lumen: Castel Gandolfo Vatican and Observatory Trip, Italy. With Natasha Sabatini.
September - Lumen: Atina II, Atina, Italy. With Natasha Sabatini.
September - Lumen: Atina, Atina, Italy. With Natasha Sabatini.
3 November - Print the Moon, Phytology, London, England
11 April - Print the Moon, Netil 360, London, England
14 December - Print the Moon, Netil 360, London, England
Artists in Residence in Crypt Gallery
March - Zanny Mellor and Jessie Raynor
August - Julie Hill
Royal College of Art, London, England
Central Saint Martins, London, England
MA Art and Science, Central Saint Martins, London, England
Kosmica, La Colonie, Paris, France
Space Studios, London, England
London LASER, Central Saint Martins, London, England
London College of Communication, London, England
Tending to Infinity, Carousel, London, England