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Entries for the 2014 IK Prize closed on Friday 25 October 2013. Please check back in September for details of how to enter next year’s competition.

The original terms and conditions remain online for reference purposes only.

Prize objectives and judging criteria

The IK Prize will celebrate and recognise creative talent from the digital industry. Entrants will demonstrate originality and ingenuity in their application of digital means to the task of engaging the public with art on display at Tate Britain.

The jury, comprising of leaders from the digital content and technology sector, together with a well-known artist and a representative of Tate, will judge entries on the basis of:


  • Candidates’ unique abilities and skills in relation to this current project
  • Demonstration of a previous success in the area of digital innovation involving public engagement – and the broad relevance of this to the current project
  • The feasibility of the proposed project within the given financial and time-related constraints
  • The originality and quality of their idea and how well this relates to Tate’s mission to promote understanding and enjoyment of British art (relating to the current ‘BP Walk through British Art’ displays)

Shortlist to the winner – in addition to the criteria above

  • How well the project teams communicate their ideas in their proposals
  • The level of technical and creative innovation involved in producing the proposed project
  • The likelihood of the project engaging with both existing and new audiences for art

Key dates and commitments

By entering, potential candidates agree to be able to present, develop and potentially realise their project should they be successful in accordance with the dates set out below.

Contest stages

Contest opens – Friday 20 September
Closing date for submissions – Friday 25 October
Shortlisted candidates contacted – by the start of November
Shortlist proposal videos in development – November to December
Shortlist announced – January
Shortlist display open to the public – January 2014
Winner announced – February 2014
Winning project in development – February to June 2014
Winning project launched – July 2014& (tbc)
Winning project open to the public – July to September 2014 (tbc)



Four entries will be shortlisted at the end of October 2013 with candidates being contacted by 1 November. Candidates who agree to become part of the shortlist will commit to the following:

  • Candidates agree to participate in the making of a short film by Tate Media for the purpose of showcasing their ideas
  • Shortlisted candidates will commit to formulating a project plan during this same period, developing their ideas with reasonable support from Tate

At all times candidates retain ownership of all intellectual property submitted as part of the competition process.


  • The winner will commit to realising the proposed project with a £60,000 budget within 5 months (February – June 2014) with reasonable support from Tate
  • The winner will formulate a complete project plan and budget and make all efforts to complete the project on time and on budget
  • Whilst the winner will retain ownership of all intellectual property in all original work produced by them as part of the development and realisation of the project, the winner agrees to grant Tate a wide licence (details to follow; such licence forms part of the terms and conditions of entry) to enable Tate to make use of, and reproduce, the work in order to fulfil Tate’s public mission
  • The winner agrees to have their completed project implemented and showcased at Tate Britain
  • The winner agrees to participate in reasonable publicity activities for the project, including but not limited to: interviews; contributing blog entries for Tate’s website; recording the development process for use in publicity material; acting as an ambassador for the IK Prize

Tate will

  • Ensure participants’ work is properly credited where it is used
  • Showcase the talent of shortlisted participants
  • Offer reasonable assistance in line with the expertise of the institution throughout the duration of participants’ involvement


Tate reserves the right to terminate participants’ involvement in the competition at all times. By providing (non-personal) application data for contest entry you are consenting to its use for promotion by Tate.