Open Call Details


Under Review
Open from 
8th May 2017, 6:30pm IST to 28th May 2017, 6:00pm IST
Results by 
30th June

What’s the difference between a collapse, a downfall, or a downright apocalypse? How will it all end, and why do we love to wonder? Ice or fire, zombies or bombs? Out with a bang or a whimper?

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY is supported through SFI's (Science Foundation Ireland) Discovery Programme, the Health Research Board (HRB) and the NTR Foundation and will explore why the disastrous can be devilishly entertaining, and whether there’s any truth to these dismal predictions. Join doomers, designers, and doctors as they lay out the top threats to our world, evaluate how likely they are, and spell out exactly what we can (hopefully) do about it.

Please note that in addition to this standard open call for proposals, we are running a smaller call seeking up to four original works to be developed in collaboration with leading Irish research institutes.

OPEN CALL: We are seeking proposals for up to 20 works for our IN CASE OF EMERGENCY exhibition. Proposals may be new or existing works, and will be funded up to a maximum budget of €2600, which should include all artist fees, materials, equipment, shipping, travel etc. Please note that these are maximum amounts, not targets. We are happy to write letters of support for applicants seeking funding from elsewhere.

Potential directions & topics:

  • Global catastrophic risks & existential threats to humanity
  • Plagues, pandemics, and resilience of health infrastructure and epidemic-management systems
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Collapse of essential communications/ IT infrastructure
  • Geological catastrophes
  • Astronomical threats: solar storms, gamma ray bursts, meteorites, comets, etc
  • Ecological catastrophe, e.g. desertification
  • Rising multimorbidity and its impact on health services
  • 6th extinction
  • Systemic/social collapse e.g. failed states, linguistic extinctions, anthropology of abandoned sites
  • Design & engineering to prepare for catastrophe
  • Pop-culture and literary fascination with apocalypse e.g. zombie films, post-apocalyptic fiction, “wish fulfillment” literature
  • Psychology of disaster narratives
  • Collapse of empires and colonies
  • Destruction of humanity by artificial intelligence
  • High-tech accidental apocalypse, e.g nanotechnology-induced disasters or engineered weaponised viruses
  • Decline, e.g. post-growth world, shrinking nations and birth rates, ‘Limits to Growth’
  • De-extinction and collapse-undoing
  • Avoiding catastrophe
  • Doomers, preppers, survivalists and millennialism
  • Emergency preparedness, disaster management, epidemiology & logistics
  • Avoiding economic panics, flash crashes, herd behaviors or market failures
  • The role of arts and culture in times of crisis

Ask questions! If you’re unsure about an aspect of your proposal, please you the comments section below and/or email


What makes a good Science Gallery Dublin open call proposal?

We are especially looking for both existing and new projects that match Science Gallery Dublin’s three core aims: to Connect, Participate, and Surprise. Some tips for strong proposals:

  • We love works that invite the visitor to participate, create and discuss.
  • Great projects bring together art, science, in a creative way. We generally avoid science that is evaluating art e.g. paintings about science
  • Relevance to our core audience of 15-25 year olds is a factor in curatorial decisions.
  • Defying categories is good (“it’s kind of a hybrid sculpture, event, installation-puzzle, with a crowdsourced edible citizen-science archive, plus a performance component that will portray a speculative future organism…”)
  • We have limited wall space, so we usually have more room for objects/sculptures.
  • A true connection to the theme is a must — avoid shoehorning an unrelated work.
  • Collaborations are great! Are you a cryptographer working with a cellist? Maybe you’re a comic book illustrator artist thinking of submitting a proposal with an immunologist? If you’re a marine geologist looking for a cheesemonger to work with, we might know just the person — get in touch and we might be able to help


Hi, I wrote a proposal for this open call and pressed the "save as draft" button so that I could review it before submission. My account now says that I have no submissions and I don't know how to access my draft. Could you tell me how to navigate the website to find my draft submission?


Hi Fiona, 

Sincere appologies but I have taken a look and can't see your draft submission on our system. I have checked the way the submision system handles drafts and everything is working ok so in this case I am not sure what has happened. Unfortunately you will need to fill out the submission again. I am very sorry for any innconveniece this has caused.

In general when a submission has been saved as 'a draft', clicking 'view my submissions' in the menu on the left side of the page should take to to all your submissions both 'draft' and 'submitted'.

Please let us know if we can be of anymore help.


I have clicked submit, but it still says i can edit my submission so i'm presuming it has not been submitted?

Hi Stephanie — Not to worry our application was submitted, and is under review.