Open Call: Lumen Crypt Gallery 2020

Deadline: 17/01/2020  |  Published: 17/12/2019  |  Venue: Lumen Crypt Gallery, St John on Bethnal Green  |  City: London  |  Region: London  |  Country: United Kingdom  |  Lumen

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Lumen Studios welcome exhibition proposals from individual artists, groups of artists and curators for the year 2020.

Lumen Studios welcome exhibition proposals from individual artists, groups of artists and curators. We are looking for proposals for 4 day exhibitions within 2020.

As Lumen Studios is a collective focused on astronomy and light, we would like to see exhibition proposals relating to astronomy, physics, broader aspects of science and ecology. However, we are open to a range of proposals.

We host a number of events and exhibitions, which can be seen our future events and past events pages. St John on Bethnal Green is a grade 1 Listed Building designed by Sir John Soane, and was built between 1826 and 1828. The church is an established arts venue, regularly hosting exhibitions, music events and theatre productions.

St John on Bethnal Green is a grade 1 Listed Building designed by Sir John Soane, and was built between 1826 and 1828. The Lumen Crypt Gallery reflects Sir John Soane's attention to detail, boasting unique curved walls and egg shaped pods.  The space is especially effective for dark-space installations and projections, but also supports 2-Dimensional works. The Crypt is still the final resting place of 2 people, and we wish to respect their presence in the space. 

Submissions will be reviewed by the co-directors of Lumen: Louise Beer, Rebecca Huxley and Melanie King.

Our space is also suitable for live music events, filming, photography shoots, pop up shops and catering.

To propose an exhibition or event at Lumen Studios. please read the terms and conditions below, before completing the form.

You can see more images of our space on our website.

Terms and Conditions


The fee for artists for a four day exhibition from Thursday to Sunday is £550. The fee for organisations and corporate hire is available on request, please contact us to discuss. A £100 refundable deposit is required to confirm an offer of a show in the programme. The second payment is required two weeks before your exhibition is due to start. We cannot offer the space for free, as Lumen Studios hire the space from the St John on Bethnal Green church. This hire fee also includes a member of staff who will provide security at your private view, and to check the gallery space is clean and tidy after you have vacated the space, which will enable your deposit to be refunded very quickly.  Lumen Studios are an unfunded artist-run collective, so we do not provide A/V equipment.

Private View

This usually takes place on first Thursday of the exhibition, 6:30pm – 8.30pm unless agreed otherwise. Lumen can provide a member of staff to run a small bar if agreed and requested more than two weeks in advance. The artist/curator is responsible for buying the drinks they would like offered at the private view.

Gallery Opening Hours

Gallery opening times are Thurs – Sunday, 12-6pm, and artists will be responsible for invigilation.


Lumen will promote the exhibition extensively through the Lumen Studios mailing list and social media. Lumen will also advise on posters which can be affixed to the front of the church railings, on Cambridge Heath Road and Roman Road.


Lumen will not take a commission on sales. These sales should be negotiated between artist and buyer directly.


The artist is welcome to run events and workshops in the space during the time of the residency. Tickets may be sold, but the artist must take responsibility for their own ticket sales. Lumen will not take a commission on ticket sales.


Lumen can write letters of support for funding applications, many artists have successfully applied for funding to exhibit within our space. Lumen can also support crowdfunding campaigns by including these within our social media and newsletter. 


The artist/curator is wholly responsible for insuring the works to be displayed at Lumen Studios and also any equipment they may bring. 

Installation / Equipment

The artist must bring all equipment and tools to install and destall the exhibition. Lumen Studios Crypt Gallery is a second grade listed building, so artists must use existing holes and/or temporary hanging devices. Duct tape, velcro, double sided tape, screws and nails are not allowed, as they all leave permanent marks / rip off paint, For 2 dimensional works, we suggest purchasing command strips as they leave a minimal trace on the walls and floor. The £100 refundable deposit will be provided on the premise that walls, floors and ceiling are returned to their original condition, and that the entrance way is safely invigilated at all times.

Labelling and signage

The artist will be responsible for all labelling within the gallery and information about the works. Lumen Studios prefer a numbering system, with a hand-out to navigate around the space.


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