Open Call Details


Open from 
3rd August 2017, 2:00pm IST to 19th September 2017, 6:00pm IST
Results by 
1st December

OPEN CALL: Science Gallery Dublin is seeking proposals for up to 20 works for FAKE, a free exhibition that asks if life is better when we embrace the artificial. Deadline for applications is 19th September, 17:00 Dublin time. Provisional exhibition dates are February 2018 - June 2018.

About the exhibition

From fake meat to fake emotions, if faking it gets the job done, who cares?

In both the natural world and human society, faking, mimicking, and copying can be a reliable strategy for success. When the focus is on how things appear, a fake may be just as valuable as the real thing. But what about faking taste, emotions, chemical signatures, facts and trademarks? Have patents, politics, and art given copying a bad name?

Fake designer handbags attract customers while fake eyes on insects scare off potential predators. From biomimicry to forged documents, from scandals to substitutes, we’ll ask when is authenticity essential, when is copying cool, and what is the boundary between a fakery faux-pas and a really fantastic FAKE.

Potential directions and topics

  • 'Fake' foods and imitation meat
  • Deception in nature: organisms that imitate, or disguise themselves to appear like a different organism, cell, a different sex, etc.
  • Artificial alternatives
  • Biology in augmented contexts: lab-grown meat, cyborg insects
  • Robotic biomimicry
  • Museum replicas
  • Behavioural science, psychology, emotional fakery
  • Artificial replacements for unsustainable/endangered biology (e.g. artificial rhino horn, engineered wood, etc)
  • Ambiguous artworks, especially biological works that have an authenticity that is difficult or impossible to prove
  • Irreproducible results, scientific hoaxes
  • De-extinction proxies
  • Works that examine the different social standards of truth/reliability with regards to artistic work and scientific work
  • Substitutions, alternatives, and fakes that fake without deceiving
  • Synthetic alternatives inspired by nature (rubber, etc)
  • Intentional vs unintentional fakes
  • Perfect copies
  • Fictional realities, Legal Fictions, etc. (for example, see Yuval Noah Harari's TED talk What explains the rise of humans?)
  • Phantoms

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


Proposals may be new or existing works, and will be funded up to a maximum budget of €2800, which should include all artist fees, materials, equipment, shipping, travel etc. Please note that these are maximum amounts and we enthusiastically welcome proposals that come in below the maximum budget. We are happy to write letters of support for applicants seeking funding from elsewhere


  • Oron Catts, Director of SymbioticA, University of Western Australia
  • Lynn Scarff, Director, Science Gallery Dublin
  • Nicola Marples, Professor of Zoology, Trinity College Dublin

What makes a good Science Gallery Dublin open call proposal?

Strong proposals will 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 and science in a creative way. We generally avoid science that is evaluating art or paintings that didactically portray science
  • ​Relevance to our core audience of 15- to 25-year-olds is a factor in all 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 showcase 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 will do what we can to help.



I'm interested in submitting a proposal for FAKE. Are you able to tell me approx dates of the show in 2018 or 2019?



Hi Kellyann,

The exhibition dates are February 2018 - June 2018.

Looking forward to reading your proposal.

All the best,


Hi. Is this a solo exhibition proposal that you are looking for or a group exhibition? 

If this is a solo exhibition, how large is your space? Is there a floor plan that is available for me to look at? 

Thank you very much.


Will the exhibition take place in all the galleries, or in only certain galleries? Will there be a particular/ permanent exhibit also on display along with this curated exhibit in other galleries?



Hi Josh,

It will take place in all galleries. We have approx 400sqm over 2 floors, 3 gallery space. We do not have a permanent collection, all of our themed exhibitions are temporary for approx 3 months.



hello, i have a perfectly edited 5 minutes video about our fake project, the video which won some prices. i dont have a 2 minutes edition. can i submit the 5 minutes edition? thanks klaus

Hi Klaus,

You can submit a link to the 5 minute edition no problem just fill in the rest of the application also. The video upload option within the application is for those who may wish to submit their proposal via video (describing etc) but including a link to the video would be great to have included in the description.



Hi Science Gallery team,

I would like to submit a proposal of a collaborative work (me and another artist), should we submit a proposal individually or I can mention the names of us two in just one application?

Hope to hear from you soon,

Kind regards, 


Hi Xavier — you can submit just one applicaiton. There is a line in the application where you can mention the name of your collective name, or just mention the collaborator in the bio or other section. 

Hello, I would like to know if it's possible to apply two different works (video + photographic sculpture), they are related but they could be exhibit alone. The two together are under the budget limit. Should I apply one proposal for the two or two proposals? Best, Tassia 

Hi Tassia — 

It is up to you. Either you can put in two seperate applications, or a single application, just mentioning in the budget / description what the two exhibition optoins are.


How does the budget work if the pieces have already been made? Are you buying them or paying to exhibit them?

Thank you,


Hi Debbie,

For works that are already made we would pay an artist fee, shipping, insurance & any other associated costs depending on budget.

Hope that helps.

Looking forward to reading your proposal.



Great. Can you please tell me what the artists fee will be? Amnd will it be per work? Thank you, Debbie


Hi Debbie,

The artist fee is offered determined by the artist and depends on the other associated costs of the piece (production/ display/ tech/ shipping/ travel etc).



Thank you Aisling


Hi guys, when will the results be announced?