Opportunity: Ocean ARTic – call for residency applications

6th April 2021

Two residencies, likely to lead to commissions, where art and marine climate science will mingle.

We are inviting applications from creative practitioners – ideally a mix of visual and sound artists – for a data-led, innovative and potentially technological approach. There will be two residencies available, to start in May 2021. Successful applicants will be paired with a marine scientist to work collaboratively in developing a creative response to the marine science and data about climate change in the Arctic and its consequences there and at lower latitudes.

This project is led by MASTS, the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland, with the Blue Action research project and Creative Informatics as key project partners. The project timing is deliberately falling in a pivotal year for climate change negotiations at COP26, and the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). We are developing an ambitious programme for exhibition and public-sharing of the resulting works from September 2021.

Full details, guidelines and an online application form are available on the Ocean ARTic webpage. In the context of COVID-19 risks and restrictions, these ‘residencies’ will be online for collaborative interactions. However, we have reserved some budget for potential travel and subsistence if circumstances allow, and will keep the situation under review.

The deadline is 17:00 Wednesday 28th April 2021.


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