Science Gallery / Blood – Australia

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Science Gallery / Blood
Deadline date: January 8, 2017; City: Melbourne, Australia; Source: LADA


BLOOD is the first cross-network season for Science Gallery, inspired by the original exhibition BLOOD: NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED at Science Gallery Dublin in 2015.

Blood is essential for life, both medically and metaphorically. From ritual to research, artistic medium to biological fluid, the 2017 BLOOD season will evoke ideas that provoke and challenge, engage and entice. Crossing continents and connecting London and Melbourne through a public programme of events, activities, installations workshops and performances, the BLOOD season will feature a range of work from the original exhibition in Science Gallery Dublin, as well as exciting new provocative works and experiences that explore the scientific, symbolic and strange nature of blood.

BLOOD will run across both Science Gallery sites in London (on and around the Guy’s Campus, King’s College London) and Melbourne (at the University of Melbourne and CBD in Melbourne) between June–October 2017.

For our open call we’re interested in proposals addressing or exploring some of the following themes and topics:
–Taboo: surrounding menstruation, ritual behaviour or activities involving blood, food created from blood;
–Stigma: associated with living with blood borne viruses such as HIV, or other genetic conditions affecting blood;
–Giving: donating blood to strangers, placenta donation, the connection between a mother and foetus;
–Identity: blood type, associations with racial identity, mixed race, family, chimeras, human/animal hybrids, and eugenics;
–Health: diseases of the blood, immunity. Blood testing and the future of blood based testing etc.;
–Sport: Drugs and sport, blood doping.

What makes a good Science Gallery open call proposal?

We are especially looking for projects by artists, scientists, local residents and innovators that match Science Gallery’s three core aims: to Connect, Participate, and Surprise, and that are relevant to our core target audience of 15-25 year olds. We are interested in proposals for new or existing work that:
–Has a true connection to the theme (avoid shoehorning an unrelated work);
–Brings together art and science in a creative way (we generally avoid illustrations of science, or science that is evaluating art);
–Invites visitors to participate, create, and that stimulate debate;
–Are based on strong original ideas in any media;
–Raise questions about the nature of and public perceptions surrounding blood;
–We are interested in ideas that are specific to London and/ or Melbourne;
–Explore human’s scientific and social connections with blood

In general:
–A connection with our core target audience of 15-25 year old is a factor in curatorial decisions;
–Defying categories is good (“it’s kind of a hybrid sculpture, event, installation-puzzle, with a crowd-sourced edible citizen-science archive, plus a performance component that will portray a speculative future organism…”);
–We like collaborations across different disciplines.

Ask questions! If you’re unsure about an aspect of your proposal, email or

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