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The IK Prize is an annual award that recognises creative talent in the digital industry.

For information about this year’s winning project, After Dark, which will give the public a chance to control robots roaming the galleries at night during August, and the other shortlisted candidates, go to the IK Prize 2014 page.

The call for submissions for the IK Prize 2015 will start in September. Details about the competition and criteria for entry are listed below.

IK Prize After Dark 2014

Mock-up of robot-cam for After Dark project, winner of IK Prize 2014

Summary

The IK Prize, first awarded in 2014, celebrates creative talent in the digital industry. The winner receives a prize of £10,000 and a £60,000 production budget to realise a digitally innovative project that enhances public enjoyment of art. The winner’s work, along with presentations from those shortlisted, are showcased at Tate Britain.

Candidates for the prize will have prior experience of using digital technologies to engage the public, whether in marketing, advertising, education, media or the arts, and will have previously been recognised for an outstanding digital project. To enter, candidates must submit information about a past achievement along with a brief outline of their new proposal for Tate Britain.

The winning project will engage users with an aspect of Tate Britain’s collection displays, and could be an interactive website, an online program or game, an app to use inside Tate Britain or beyond the gallery, an installation or immersive audio-visual experience, or some other digital form.

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Entry

To enter you must

  • Have realised a successful project in the area of digital public engagement (not necessarily in the arts)
  • Be able to commit to delivering your new project, should it win, within the agreed timescale (tbc for 2015 competition)

Four shortlisted candidates will

  • Further develop their ideas with specialists at Tate
  • Have their idea showcased in a display at Tate Britain

The winner will

  • Receive a £10,000 prize
  • Be granted a £60,000 budget to create and deliver the project
  • Have their completed project showcased at Tate Britain

How to enter

Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia and member of the IK Prize 2014 jury said:

Widening access to art through the application of digital technology is a mission I share. I am delighted to be part of a jury that supports creative minds in this way.

Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate, said:

Tate encourages creativity and this has reverberations in the creative industries as well as the fine arts. The digital space is one of the most dynamic and fast-changing areas of contemporary life, a place where new and innovative ideas can be developed. We believe that this is the right moment to establish a prize which recognises outstanding, creative achievement in the digital field.

John Porter, from the Porter Foundation said:

The way in which audiences engage with culture is changing all the time, and my family are delighted to be supporting this prize which we hope will allow creative talent in the digital field to enhance how people experience art.

Irene Kreitman and the Porter Foundation

Irene Kreitman was a generous philanthropist and longstanding supporter of Tate. She served as a volunteer for more than 25 years and was always interested in helping people to engage with and be inspired by art. She and her husband, Hyman Kreitman, funded a number of acquisitions, especially in the field of modern British art, as well as the creation of the Hyman Kreitman Research Centre at Tate Britain.

Irene Kreitman’s sister, Dame Shirley Porter, and her niece Linda Streit and nephew, John Porter, continue this tradition of philanthropy and have chosen to extend this legacy of support with a major benefaction to the renovation of the galleries at Tate Britain, as well as the creation of the IK Prize.

With the support of the Porter Foundation

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