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