Deadline: 12 January 2018
Early-career artist to work in partnership with scientific researchers

TRANSMISSION, a contemporary dance piece and interactive installation about infectious diseases and infectious ideas, conceived by the late Becs Andrews during her time as DARE Cultural Fellow in Opera-Related Arts (Scenography), working with Opera North and the University of Leeds. Credit: Chris Nash

The pioneering DARE partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North is seeking applications from creative practitioners in all media for the second DARE Art Prize.

Launched last year, the £15,000 prize is aimed at challenging artists and scientists to work together on new approaches to the creative process.

The deadline for applications for the second DARE Art Prize is 12 January 2018, and the winner – an innovative, ambitious, early-career artist who is motivated by the opportunity to work in partnership with leading scientific researchers at the University of Leeds – will be announced on 12 February.

The successful artist will be matched with a researcher who shares their vision and can bring knowledge, expertise and networks to support the creation of something new. There are no restrictions on the form of the outcome: depending on the interests of the collaborators and the direction that the work takes, it could be a piece of visual art, a dance performance, a poem, an interactive website or a cycle of new songs, but the project must be achievable within twelve months. It is expected that around £5,000 of the Award will be invested in the creation of new work.

ndividual, independent artists working in all disciplines are invited to apply by submitting a CV and a 500-word proposition that summarises the area of scientific interest – from astrophysics to climate change, microbiology to nutrition; an ambition to create something new and the germ of an idea of what this might be; and a genuine wish to engage with academic researchers, expertise and resources at the University of Leeds. Access to musicians, studio space and resources from Opera North may also be available.

Applications will be judged by a panel comprising Opera North’s Dominic Gray, Professor John Ladbury, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences and Professor of Mechanistic Biology, School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Leeds, and Lisa Jamieson, former Head of Engaging Science at Wellcome, and now an independent advisor, consultant and assessor working in arts and culture.

Applications should be sent in the form of a pdf or Word document to Lesley Patrick, Partnerships Director at DARE:, before the deadline of 12 January 2018. Shortlist interviews will take place in the week commencing 5 February 2018, and the recipient will be announced on 12 February.

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