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.
In March 2015, Lumen curated their second exhibition "Dark From Night" at St John on Bethnal Green, which was focused on the detrimental effects of light pollution. It was here that Lumen found a unique space in the Crypt at St John on Bethnal Green, and held their first studio opening in May 2015.
In September 2015 and September 2016, Lumen took 20 artists on a residency to the town of Atina, Italy, where the artists had an opportunity to create work in spacious studios. This residency included a number of trips to local observatories, art galleries and churches. The results of the work were then exhibited in The Crypt Gallery, on November 5th 2015.
In June 2016, Lumen held a second exhibition at St John on Bethnal Green entitled VOID, which focused on the representation of voids, portals and black holes. In July 2016, Lumen held their inaugural Science Fair which included a number of stalls, performances, talks and workshops.
In September 2016, Lumen contributed to the Creatures of the Night event, explore the science of night through art. This event was organised by the British Science Association and Shrinking Space.
In February 2017, Lumen curated a large scale three-story exhibition at Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, entitled "School of Light". You can see a film of the exhibition here.
The exhibition celebrated many of the artists who had contributed to Lumen since September 2014.
In March 2017, 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.
During this time, Lumen also began to work with Hackney Arts to create the event "Print the Moon", where visitors are able to take photographs through a telescope with astronomer Paul Hill. The visitors are then able to print their images using IMPOSSIBLE HQ film.
In July 2017, Lumen curated an exhibition "Constellations: Cassiopeia" in their crypt gallery for Art Night.
Later on in July, Lumen contributed to the Ivana Kupala celebrations at Phytology, Bethnal Green Nature Reserve. Ivana Kupala is an Easten European summer solstice festival, dating back to pagan times. This night historically marks the life cycle and passage of seasons, with the focus on celebrating life and fertility.
In July, Lumen also curated a series of films for the planetarium at Blue Dot Festival in Macclesfield.
In August 2017, Lumen will be running their annual residency in Italy, plus a trip to Castel Gondolfo and the Papal Telescopes, as part of the Vatican.
Later on in August, Lumen will be creating 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.