Open Call Details


Open from 
7th June 2017, 1:00pm BST to 17th July 2017, 12:30am BST
Results by 
30th September

How has the science of  transplantation, regeneration and prosthetics affected our perceptions of the human body? Should we liken the human body to a machine whose  components can be replaced whenever needed? The SPARE PARTS season explores how medical practice and research are increasingly akin to engineering and design, investigating the mobility of human organs, the generation of engineered body parts - at a cellular, tissue, organ or limb level - and the science, ethics and technology that enable them.

SPARE PARTS delves into the emotional and psychological aspects of living with an organic or engineered spare part, their creation, transplantation, and the possibility of spare parts existing outside of the biological body, to be shared and exchanged. Does living with a spare part induce a feeling of redundancy? Or can a transplant or prosthesis lead to an unexpected sense of heightened well-being and self-worth? What have practitioners learned and achieved since the first successful organ transplant in 1954?

The season interrogates the idea of our bodies as a sum of independent parts which may within a lifetime, be regenerated, enhanced, donated or altered by choice or destiny.

SPARE PARTS scrutinises the experience of being seen as ill, and less able, and celebrates the human ability to cultivate resilience and difference. Exploring the challenges of taking on an altered identity and of incorporating a new organ, the season blurs the boundaries between what is perceived as a normal, or a different human body.

We are interested in ideas including:

  • Regeneration, Stem Cell research and applications including Tissue Engineering
  • The challenges facing transplantation and regeneration today and tomorrow
  • Organ and Facial Transplantation and Regeneration
  • Prosthetics: Technology, Design, Innovation
  • Appropriation, interpretation and representation of the three areas above 
  • Ethics and Economics of the three areas above
  • The altered sense of identity that the adoption a new organ or a prosthetic can bring
  • Myths and fears surrounding human transplants, cell regeneration and prosthetics
  • Individual experiences of transplants, prosthetics and cell regeneration by recipients, designers, researchers and clinicians
  • The ‘spare surgeon’:  the use of computer and robots in transplant procedure
  • Spare parts that can exist outside of the biological body, to be shared or exchanged
  • DIY prosthetics:  3D imaging, computer-aided design, 3D printing, Open Ware
  • The use of animal and plant components in the human body
  • The future of organ transplantation and regeneration, and prosthetics

Other ideas are welcome too!

See our Pinterest board for some inspiration.



Curatorial advisors help us to shape our seasons. They are expert artists, scientists and clinicians working in the fields related to the season theme in different ways. Curatorial advisors will help select the final works and ensure the season’s exhibition and event programme facilitate creative collisions in art and science.

  • Robert Lechler, Vice Principal / Provost (Health), King’s College London and Executive Director, King’s Health Partners
  • Fiona Watt, Director, Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, King’s College, London
  • Oron Catts, Director of SymbioticA, the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, University of Western Australia
  • Annie Cattrell, Visual artist and Tutor at the Royal College of Art

Submissions will be reviewed by the curatorial advisors named above and by Daniel Glaser, Director of Science Gallery London, Jen Wong, Head of Programming, Science Gallery London and Stéphanie Delcroix, Spare Parts Season Curator-Producer. Candidates will receive a response in September 2017.



Science Gallery London welcomes submissions for existing artworks and productions as well as projects which are still at a research and development stage.

Selected candidates will be granted an appropriate exhibition fee or a reasonable in-kind contribution to the realisation of their project. This will be defined according to:

  • their scale and development stage
  • the track record of candidates in delivering projects of a similar nature
  • the work involved in producing the project or installing the work
  • the support provided by, or sought from other funders

Science Gallery London will cover for the normal costs associated with exhibition making. If a new project is proposed, candidates are expected to raise the bulk of the funds necessary for its production.

Whenever possible, we would like for candidates to be present at the launch of the season in late September 2018.

Provisional dates for the season are September - December 2018

Check out our tips on what makes a good open call submission here.

For further information about the Science Gallery London building and gallery space please see here