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SCIENCE GALLERY: Earth Water Sky Residency

Deadline: June 24, 2021, 23:59 (CET)

The history of our Earth is written in the rocks and sediment in the landscape and which have been used for human culture. From the distinctive white Istrian stone and pink marble used to build the Doges Palace in Venice, to ancient organisms, plants and invertebrates preserved as fossils in sedimentary rock. Rocks are the Earth’s timekeepers. Their history is the witness and record of all activities on our Planet.

With Earth time stretching back billions of years, and one grain of sand with which we use to make glass or buildings having taken up to millions of years to form starting from erosion from the Alps, is what we are seeing with climate change partly a clash of experiencing and understanding time? The Earth’s perspective which privileges deep time versus human perspective which rewards speed and necessity? How can we make a re-connection with our Planet – including with its geology and vital sediments, such as dust and sand? And what can we learn from fossils, their evolution and adaptation, and the ancient beings which once lived here?


What makes a good Science Gallery Venice open call proposal for the residency programme? We are especially looking for artists who propose an imaginative new project connected with exploring Earth and that also matches Science Gallery Venice’s three core aims: to Connect, Participate, and Surprise.

Some tips for strong proposals:

  1. We love artistic works that invite visitors to participate, create and discuss.

  2. Great projects bring together art and science, in a creative way. We avoid science that is evaluating art or art that didactically illustrates science.

  3. Appeal to our core audience of 15-25 year olds is a factor in curatorial decisions

  4. Defying categories is good. For example, perhaps your piece is “a kind of a hybrid sculpture, event, installation-puzzle, with a crowdsourced edible citizen-science archive, plus a performance component that will portray a speculative future organism… .” We like stuff like this.

  5. We encourage you to take a moment to consider whether your ideas and interests fit before committing your valuable time and energy to the application.

  6. Collaborations are great! However, you will have to share the funding which is strictly limited. There will be no extra funding for additional collaborators although of course they are always welcome


  • Quality of project idea and work shown in portfolio

  • Quality of interest in the theme of Earth Water Sky, the ideas of environmental science, and the Science Gallery Venice mission

  • Quality of imagination and curiosity shown in the proposed project and work

  • Quality of achievement in making ideas happen within budgets and practical constraints

  • Quality of originality of ideas and approach to contributing something new and exciting to the arts/science field

  • Quality and ability to communicate and therefore become an ambassador for the Earth Water Sky residencies as well as be involved in any press, internal as well as public events connected with the residencies

Offered by the residency:

The artist has a set fee for two months of 5000 Euros per month. In addition all travel, accommodation and subsistence are covered for that period on a fixed budget.

At the end of the residency, the artist will be invited to bid for a 26,000 Euro production budget to make an art work inspired by their research into wind and their interactions. This final work and the results will be exhibited during the Venice Biennale period.

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