Northants artist Sally Sheinman wins 2014 Lumen Founder’s Prize

Sally Sheinman. Picture by Jayne West
Sally Sheinman. Picture by Jayne West

Digital artist Sally Sheinman has been awarded the prestigious Lumen Founder’s Prize, an international award that celebrates the very best art created digitally for her interactive digital project, WHAT MAKES YOU,YOU?.

The Lumen Founder’s Prize is selected by Lumen’s Founder, Carla Rapoport, for work which is most in keeping with the goals of the Lumen Prize Exhibition and its emphasis on community engagement and outreach.

Image 216, making friends faraway inspired by Byeongsam Kim, is one of 250 images that are part of Sally Sheinman's interactive, online, digital art project

Image 216, making friends faraway inspired by Byeongsam Kim, is one of 250 images that are part of Sally Sheinman's interactive, online, digital art project

Focusing attention on a new and exciting genre, Lumen provides global platform for the world’s best digital artists. All work must be created, at least in part, on tablets, digital cameras, smart phones or computers and is judged by a panel of art specialists, curators and academics.

Answers to the question - What Makes You, You? - are sent in via Sally Sheinman’s website www.wmyy.co.uk, on Facebook or Twitter.

Answers received are inspiration for Sally’s unique ipad image, a new kind of portraiture.

Carla Rapoport selected Sally’s work for this year’s Founder’s Prize and commented on Sally’s work, saying, “I am particularly taken with the open and engaging way that you are connecting with the subjects of your art, the nature of the work itself and your interest, as an artist, in exploring and visualising such personal themes.

“Your goals also reflect my goals when launching the prize - that is, to promote the engaging and enabling aspects of digital art as well as the art itself.”

Artists from around the world attended winner’s events at Llandaff Cathedral and Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD), to coincide with the Cardiff Contemporary Festival, a month of art events. Prints of Sally’s work were shown as well as her website ‘What Makes You’ and Facebook page, representing the broad nature of her digital art practice and giving visitors and opportunity to interact with her as an artist via social media networks.

As winner of the Founder’s Prize, Sally Sheinman’s work will also feature in the 2014 Lumen Exhibition travelling the globe from October 2014 to March 2015.

Sally said: “I am so thrilled to have been awarded the Founder’s Prize. WHAT MAKES YOU, YOU? is an intimate yet public art project.

“Receiving recognition for this work is amazing but would not have been possible without all the people who have given such wonderful answers to the question.”