British Science Festival 2019: Digital Artwork Open Call

Thursday 23rd of May 2019 11:11 AM

The British Science Festival 2019 is looking for creatives and digital businesses based in Coventry and Warwickshire and Greater Birmingham and Solihull to showcase their existing digital artwork, installations or immersive experiences to a public audience.

The work will be presented in a Coventry city centre venue on the evening of Friday 13 September, as part of a wider final celebratory event of the British Science Festival 2019.

This opportunity is supported by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, who are partners of the British Science Festival 2019.

This year’s Festival will showcase and celebrate the region’s strength in digital creativity, and we are particularly interested in works that explore and respond to themes that relate to the area and its people.

The work should be aimed at an adult (primarily 18-35), public audience. A focus on public engagement and participation will be viewed favourably. We are especially interested in proposals from people who are traditionally underrepresented in science and the wider sector, including women, people from BAME backgrounds and those living with disabilities.

We do not have budget to commission new artworks, this is a showcase for existing work made in Coventry & Warwickshire and/or the Greater Birmingham and Solihull region.

The work must fit with the British Science Association’s vision, where science is seen as a part of society and culture, a community activity for all as well as a career for some.

Installation and promotional support will be available from the Festival team. This showcase opportunity is unpaid, but please contact us if you have any queries.

Application process

Please complete this form by 12 noon Friday 7 June 2019. We will get back to you with whether you’ve been successful shortly after.

Please send all proposals and any queries to Anna Woolman at anna.woolman@britishscienceassociation.org  

Please note that due to time restraints, we are not able to give feedback on proposals that aren’t selected.

About the British Science Festival

The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science Festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year. Our Festival aims to connect people with scientists, engineers, technologists and social scientists.

Each year the Festival brings free events to an adult audience (16+), which are packed with exciting opportunities to get involved with. Our programme bursts with a variety of different types of events, from talks to workshops, museum takeovers to parties and stuff you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see at a ‘science’ festival such as yoga, life drawing and artistic performances. Events span a diverse range of subjects that encompass science in the broadest sense, promising something for everyone.

The Festival’s audience ranges from those who are interested in science, maybe working in it, to those who do not necessarily see themselves as ‘sciencey’, but may have a particular interest in the topic of an event. We continually try to push the boundaries of our audiences and welcome new types of events that attract those who would not typically go to a science festival. 

In 2018, the Festival travelled to Hull which buzzed with science enthusiasm. With our host the University of Hull, we bought over 100 free events to the city. In 2019, we will be in Coventry and Warwickshire from 10-13 September, and will be run in partnership with the University of Warwick.