CFP: Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award 2012

The Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award highlights and explores the exciting and novel possibilities between design, artistic practice and Life Sciences.

From Waag:

“Due to its success in 2010 and 2011 the third edition of the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award (DA4GA) will take place in 2012. The results of the current edition are on exhibition at Naturalis, Leiden until the end of this year.

Always wanted to be at the forefront of riveting art that is trans-disciplinary and pushes the boundaries of technological and artistic possibilities? Then submit your application for DA4GA and take a chance on winning € 25,000 for your project!

DA4GA highlights and explores the exciting and novel possibilities between design, artistic practice and Life Sciences. Inaugurated by the Netherlands Genomics Initiative, Waag Society, Naturalis and CSG – Centre for Society and the Life Sciences, DA4GA aims to stimulate emerging designers and artists to delve into the world of bio-art, and produce new work in close collaboration with the most prestigious Dutch Life Science institutes in the field of sustainability, food, health, bio-informatics, agriculture, energy and safety.

Did you graduate no longer than five years ago in the field of art or design? Do the breakthroughs of Life Sciences fascinate you, and do you have a knack for (applied) arts and/or design? Then we want you to send in your CV, portfolio and idea for a project that combines artistic merit with the vast developments in Life Sciences…”

About Designers-Artists-4-Genomics [web]

Open Call: ScienceInspiresArt 2012

14th annual, art-science, juried competition exhibition will be held at the New York Hall of Science from September 1, 2012 – February 3, 2013.

Deadline: June 17, 2012

From ASCI, Inc:

“We are seeking original art inspired by our biological world with a special interest in what lies beneath its surface, and/or reflects upon scientific research questions, processes, ethics, and the stunning discoveries being made in biology and the biosciences today.

For many 21st century artists, the Internet’s rich supply of public domain images of living organisms (animals, including humans and insects; plants, and even bacteria) has dramatically affected the degree to which biology inspires art. Powerful scientific imaging tools have opened a new aesthetic “window” on what previously could only be seen after a subject’s death and dissection. Additionally, our global “information super-highway” has revolutionized public access to scientific research data and to its researchers. The bold field of live bio-art is gaining practitioners as university labs open their doors to artistic investigations and experiments. More recently, scientific funding agencies are requiring that scientists share their current research in more publicly accessible and engaging ways, and this is creating a new avenue for artists to collaborate on visual projects and art-science exhibitions…”

ABOUT ASCI, Inc [web]

Call for Submissions: The Wellcome Trust Arts Awards

Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science.

DEADLINE: December 12, 2011

From the Wellcome Trust:

Large awards (over £30 000)
[Arts Awards program] is currently seeking proposals for large arts projects. If you have an idea for a project that you think might be suitable then please contact one of our Arts Advisers ( with a one-page summary at any time before 16 December 2011. We will get back in touch to discuss whether it is something that can be taken forward.

Arts Awards support imaginative and experimental arts projects that investigate biomedical science.

The scheme aims to:

  • stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through the arts
  • examine the social, cultural, and ethical impact of biomedical science
  • support formal and informal learning
  • encourage new ways of thinking
  • encourage high quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborative partnerships in arts, science and/or education practice

All art forms are covered by the programme: dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. The Trust invites applications for projects which engage adult audiences and/or young people.

We believe the arts are an effective way of stimulating debate and engaging people with biomedical science. Visual art, music, moving image, creative writing and performance can reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. Collaborative and interdisciplinary practice across the arts and sciences can help to provide new perspectives on both fields. The arts can also provide imaginative ways of engaging and educating young people in the field of science…”