Open Call Details

Jacopo de' Barbari, view of Venice, 1500.


Open from 
28th October 2019, 1:00pm CET to 6th January 2020, 12:00pm CET
Results by 
1st March
Climate Change
History of Science

What is the wind? Where does it come from? And why does it blow? These were questions which preoccupied thinkers in the Renaissance and led to the development of a global science, including the creation of the concept of the atmosphere. Previously theories abounded – from ideas that winds were stored underground in caverns deep in the earth’s core to other ideas that the winds being an expression of the humours which were then let rip on the world.

In this second year of the Earth Water Sky open call to find the next Science Gallery Venice artist in residence, the theme is Wind – one of the invisible forces which has shaped our history - including that of the city of Venice where the 2 month residency will take place. 

The winning artist will be working mainly with the international scholar and historian of science and philosophy, Craig Martin, who is writing a global history of wind at Ca Foscari University of Venice.

 In addition, the artist will be put in contact and work with scientists from the Veneto region who are looking at different aspects of wind, including the formation of waves and tides, thermodynamics and as an alternative power source.

We are looking for an artist who is truly inspired by the idea of investigating wind, enjoys the research process as well as public engagement, and can create imaginative, extraordinary new work which captures the public’s attention, their senses, minds and hearts.

Earth Water Sky is Science Gallery Venice’s 3 year residency programme for artists interested in the environment and the latest in cutting-edge environmental science and thinking. Every year there is an open call for artists from any art form – digital arts, painting, sculpture, dance, performance, music, multimedia, video, film, photography, writing, drawing – to apply for a 2 month fully funded residency in Venice. The winning artist/s will work with leading scientists from Ca Foscari University and the Veneto region.


What makes a good Science Gallery Venice open call proposal for the residency programme? We are especially looking for artists who propose an imaginative new project connected with exploring Wind and that also matches Science Gallery Venice’s three core aims: to Connect, Participate, and Surprise.

Some tips for strong proposals:

  1. We love artistic works that invite visitors to participate, create and discuss.
  2. Great projects bring together art and science, in a creative way. We avoid science that is evaluating art or art that didactically illustrates science.
  3. Appeal to our core audience of 15-25 year olds is a factor in curatorial decisions
  4. Defying categories is good. For example, perhaps your piece is “a 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 like stuff like this.
  5. However, a true connection to the Wind project is a must. We encourage you to take a moment to consider whether your ideas and interests fit before committing your valuable time and energy to the application.
  6. Collaborations are great! However, you will have to share the funding which is strictly limited. There will be no extra funding for additional collaborators although of course they are always welcome


  • Quality of project idea and work shown in portfolio
  • Quality of interest in the theme of Earth Water Sky, the ideas of environmental science, and the Science Gallery Venice mission
  • Quality of imagination and curiosity shown in the proposed project and work 
  • Quality of achievement in making ideas happen within budgets and practical constraints 
  • Quality of originality of ideas and approach to contributing something new and exciting to the arts/science field 
  • Quality and ability to communicate and therefore become an ambassador for the Earth Water Sky residencies as well as be involved in any press, internal as well as public events connected with the residencies


The artist has a set fee for two months of 5000 Euros per month. In addition all travel, accommodation and subsistence are covered for that period on a fixed budget. 

At the end of the residency, the artist will be invited to bid for a 26,000 Euro production budget to make an art work inspired by their research into wind and their interactions. This final work and the results will be exhibited at Science Gallery Venice and potentially elsewhere. As well as Craig Martin, the artist will work closely with the initiator of the project, the Creative Producer and Curator Ariane Koek who was the founder of the Arts at Cern programme and was Science Gallery Venice’s first director. 


The winning artist will be selected by a jury which will include the Earth Water Sky Residency programme’s creative producer /curator Ariane Koek; Craig Martin, international historian of the science of wind based at Ca Foscari, University of Venice; an external curator or artist who is an international specialist in the environmental arts field; a representative from Science Gallery Venice and one from Fondation Didier et Martine Primat. 

The Jury sessions will take place shortly after the end of the submission deadline. The selected artist will be informed immediately after the Jury decision has been reached. You should be reachable via e-mail January/beginning of February to provide further documents and to discuss further proceeding.

The Jury’s decision will be final and the artist will be expected to take up their residency in 2020 any time between April-December. The residency may be split into a maximum of 4 parts if needed and only if agreed by the residency partners.


The Earth Water Sky residencies are generously supported by Fondation Didier et Martine Primat.

The Didier et Martine Primat Foundation is a swiss-based registered charity. Its purpose is to foster critical and creative thinking among adults and children from a very early age, whereby each one can enhance its individual capacity of discernment and reasoning and adopt more responsible societal choices and behaviors. To meet its objectives, the Fondation encourage scientists, scholars and artists and supports the programs of competent organizations to speak up and stand for a more sustainable and conscious ways of living for the present and future generations.



Dear Natasa

Thank you so much for your lovely comment.

The working language for the aplication for everyone is English.

It is best to include examples of your work in Engllish which is the international working language for the call.  Thank you.

Many thanks


Hi there Samuel

The dates for the residency  are - any t imeduring 2020 which works best with the main scientific partner and the artist together as well the curator.

The resideny can be taken in two months straight, split into two parts, or split into up to 4 parts. 

However the best affects always happen the longer you stay in a place, so 1-2 parts is best