Open Call Details

Shu Lea Cheang, BRANDON, 1998-1999. Courtesy of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. (http://brandon.guggenheim.org/)

Gender

SCIENCE GALLERY London
Under Review
Open from 
14th January 2019, 5:30pm GMT to 10th February 2019, 5:30pm GMT
Results by 
30th April
Keywords 
body
conformity
desire
exploitation
expression
gender
hormones
identity
inequality
intersectionality
pleasure
psychology
representation
sex

Science Gallery London is inviting expressions of interest for projects to become part of the forthcoming GENDER season a free exhibition and event programme opening in 2020. 

Whether your application is an artistic or scientific inquiry, or both, we are looking to work with individuals and groups who are critically exploring experiences of gender in a contemporary context and those engaged with emerging scientific research. We are particularly keen to hear from groups currently under-represented within the arts and sciences, groups working locally to the gallery in Southwark and Lambeth, community and youth groups and 15-25 year-olds. The season will reference a broad set of questions, including:

In what ways is gender multi-faceted? Gender is one aspect of identity and arises within social, biological and cultural conditions that are in a state of flux. We are looking for the season to reflect upon multiple notions of gender, gathering and sharing experiences and expressions of gender across a range of cultures and geographies.

What are the lived experiences of gender? In what ways do medical and social spaces - from care homes to nightclubs - structure experience and presentation? How is gender a source of both oppression and liberation, operating via pleasure and desire, as well as control? How are institutionally gendered structures – from the built environment to language itself – shifting over time? 

How is gender technological? Gender effects medical treatment within global pharma, indigenous knowledge, state policy and care work for family and friends. Gender interfaces and influences every sphere of science, including medicine, biometrics, psychology, political science and economics, but who has ownership over these tools and technologies?

Curatorial team

The Curator-Producer for the season is Helen Kaplinsky and Science Gallery London’s Programme Directors are John O’Shea and Jennifer Wong.

Season Advisors

  • Dr Anna Churcher Clarke, Clinical Psychologist, Gender Identity Development Service (The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust). 
  • Dr Anne Pollock, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London
  • Caspar Heinemann, Artist and Writer
  • Professor Davina Cooper, Research Professor in Law & Political Theory, Dickson Poon, School of Law, King's College London
  • Micha Frazer-Carroll, Journalist
  • Victoria Sin, Artist
  • Dr Qazi Rahman, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London 

Budget
Proposals may be new ideas, early developments or existing works. Projects supported via the Open Call can typically be funded by Science Gallery London between £1,000 to £3,000 (including all artist fees, materials, equipment, shipping, travel etc.) Please note projects of larger scale could be considered only where additional partners/funding can be secured. We enthusiastically welcome proposals that work to a smaller budget or have a larger budget and are part funded through other means.

FAQs

When and where does the GENDER season take place?
The GENDER Season will take place between February and June 2020. Science Gallery London is located in South London, next to London Bridge Station (Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9GU). You can also propose activity in locations local to the gallery, for example within Southwark and Lambeth.

How big is the exhibition space?
The primary exhibition space is approximately 500sqm with working ceiling height of 2.5m. 

How many projects will be included?
In total between 12-20 artists will be included within Science Gallery London exhibitions, with the potential for a further 10-20 collaborations, talks and performances forming the live programme. 

Can individuals or groups and collaborations apply?
We welcome submissions of interest from individuals, groups, collaborative projects and productions working internationally. We are particularly keen to hear from groups currently under-represented within the arts and sciences, groups working locally to the gallery in Southwark and Lambeth, community and youth groups and 15-25 year-olds.

What types of projects are accepted?

  • Science Gallery London’s approach is transdisciplinary so we accept projects from highly diverse disciplines that could include video, performance, poetry, sound, web-based work, socially engaged work, live experimentation, design, sharing of data from social science, medical or natural science research – essentially we are not format-prescriptive!  
  • While our emphasis here is the main gallery and performance space, not all the projects have to take place within Science Gallery London’s physical building, and could in fact be hosted online, outdoors or in another site-specific location. However, a clear rationale for this, related to Science Gallery London’s aims and those of the GENDER Season, would be expected within the response to the Open Call. 

What budget is available?
As mentioned above, proposals may be new ideas, early developments or existing works. Projects supported via the Open Call can typically be funded by Science Gallery London between £1,000 to £3,000 (including all artist fees, materials, equipment, shipping, travel etc.) Please note projects of larger scale could be considered only where additional partners/funding can be secured. We enthusiastically welcome proposals that work to a smaller budget or have a larger budget and are part funded through other means.

Will the season include new or existing work?
Seasons can include new or existing works. What is critical is the fit for this specific Open Call.

When will I get an answer?
Science Gallery London will notify applicants as to whether their submission has been successful by the end of April 2019. The gallery will be considering submissions during February and March, so if questions about your project are identified we might contact you for clarification during this period. 

What is the next stage?
If we think your work is exciting and relevant, we will start a conversation about your Proposal with a view to establishing feasibility during Spring 2019. 

Questions

HI! How many works can be submitted? 

Hi Cibelle, typically individuals or groups would submit one specific project for consideration - but if you do have more than one work/idea which you would like Science Gallery to consider for this Season there is no formal limit on the number of submissions.

thanks,

John O'Shea (Head of Programming)

Good day,

Is it included in the Gender Open Call deep questions about genealogical research, own family tree, i.e. the contrasting scenarios in which amount of individuals sharing a last name, or, the loss of family tree memory?

Good day Simon,

We're very open to considering projects connecting to the Season them of Gender which come from a wide range of perspectives and disciplines - so a project drawing on genealogical research would be considered alongside all others. I would emphasise our desire for commissioned projects to really resonate with our core audiences of 15-25 year olds and to connect with current scientific understandings.

John O'Shea (Head of Programming)

Hello..,

Is this open call available for international projects from outside of the UK? Thank you.

regards,

salima.

Hi Salima,

Thanks for your question. Yes we encourage applications for projects by individuals or groups based outside the UK. We also consider working with international partners to produce projects. The project does need to have an outcome via exhibition or public programme at Science Gallery London or a nearby offsite location.

Thanks

Helen (curator-producer)

Hi there,

I'm based in Ireland and am applying with a performance. Is there any advice you can give me regarding the budgeting of accommodation, travel etc? Does that even come under the remit of the budget? Or is that something I would be expected to cover myself?

 

Thanks very much,

James

Hi James,

Thank you for your question. Yes it would be helpful for you to include this in your budget, as this is something that we would expect to cover as part of the fee.

Best,

Jessie

I am interested to propose a Virtual Reality experience which is in the making. Honestly, I don't think the budget would allow this kind of project or I would need to find other external funding?

Thanks Andrea

Hi I would like to propose a Virtual Reality experience. Would there be attendants helping or does paying attendants need to be included in the budget? Thank you!  

Best Andrea

Hi Andrea,

We would need to factor all costs into the development, production and delivery of any project that is commissioned (so it could be eg that additional external funding or project partners could be needed at the production stage to realise a new VR work.) In terms of delivery, our highly skilled Mediators work on gallery to engage the public with all of the projects included in the Season, but if an experience needed specific management it would be worth factoring in what you think these costs could be (or even putting a line in the outline budget saying "additional facilitation required" would help to flag up that you have though about this too.)

hope that helps,

John

Thanks very much John

 

Kind regards, Andrea

Hi there! We're interested in doing a sort of recital/discussion, and we're wondering if the Science Gallery has access to the following equipment: microphones x2, speakers, keyboard or piano, and a video projector. If not, are there any venues associated with King's College that would be nearby and have access to a piano?

Hello. Some equipment might come from Kings and we might also need to hire in particular things. It's very helpful if you can state the equipment required in your budget and if your project is selected then we will make sure you have everything you require to fully realise the event.

Thanks, Helen

Hello, I am interested in submitting a collaborative project with another artist. Is that possible and how do we get around the individual accounts? 

Hello Sonia. Yes we do accept collaborative projects. Please clearly state that the project is a collaboration in the description. You can also list other people involved in the description if that is important, or you can submit under a collective name. It's fine if the submission is managed by one individual account.

Thanks, Helen

 

Hello,

Are there technicians and installation support available for installation of work? And is there any existing equipment that can be used specifically projectors and media players? Or should these items be included in the budget? 

Many Thanks, 

Kat

Hello Kat,

We will have technicians and installation support and we are building up a store of some equipment. However, technician labour is a cost and we might need to hire or buy equipment depending on the selection of projects. It is very helpful is you can state all the equipment and an estimate of labour/ installation support needed in the budget. 

Thanks, Helen

 

 

Hello, I am applying for your open call. You ask for a 4 min video; can it be 4 min extract of the performance I wish to show? Or does it have to be a video in which I talk about my project? Many thanks, Artemise

Hello Artemise,

Yes we expect a video to be of your work rather than an explanation. An extract of a performance is great :)

Many thanks

Helen

Hi, 

My project includes three headphones that I will for sure include in the budged. I was wondering if I can use the audio system of the gallery, or if that’s gonna be considered an extra cost? What is not clear to me is if it is fine if I calculate as part of the budget only the headphones and the technicians to install them? 

Best Regards,

Ioana Niculescu-Aron

Hello Ioana,

We are building up a store of some equipment, however we might need to hire or purchase equipment depending on the selection of projects. It is very helpful is you can state all the equipment needed in the budget. 

Many thanks

Helen