Open Call- Submit a proposal for Melbourne’s first season 'BLOOD'

Inspired by the 2015 exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin, BLOOD: NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED will be the first cross-network season running across both Science Gallery sites in London and Melbourne between June and October 2017.

Blood is essential for life, both medically and metaphorically. From ritual to research, artistic medium to biological fluid, BLOOD: NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED will evoke ideas that provoke and challenge, engage and entice.

Crossing continents and connecting London and Melbourne through a public programme of events, activities, installations workshops and performances, BLOOD will feature a range of work from the original Science Gallery Dublin exhibition, as well as exciting new provocative works and experiences that explore the scientific, symbolic and strange nature of blood.

For our open call we’re interested in proposals addressing or exploring some of the following themes and topics:

  • Taboo – surrounding menstruation, ritual behaviour or activities involving blood, food created from blood
  • Stigma - associated with living with blood borne viruses such as HIV, or other genetic conditions affecting blood.
  • Giving – donating blood to strangers, placenta donation, the connection between a mother and foetus
  • Identity – blood type, associations with racial identity, mixed race, family, chimeras, human/animal hybrids, and eugenics
  • Health – diseases of the blood, immunity. Blood testing and the future of blood based testing etc.
  • Sport – Drugs and sport, blood doping.

For the Melbourne-based season* we are looking for up to 12 exhibits, activities, performances or workshops. Proposals will be funded up to a maximum of AU$7,000, which includes artist fees, and materials, equipment and travel costs.

Science Gallery Melbourne’s curatorial advisors for BLOOD, who help shape our seasons and select the final works are:

  • Sharon Lewin, Professor and Director, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
  • David Prior, Deputy Director of Cardiology, St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Paul Monagle, Professor, Clinical Haematology, Royal Children's Hospital
  • Robert Walton, Lecturer, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne

The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2017. Find out more about the open call.


*Some projects will be considered for both London and Melbourne and some for just one. Please consider the local area and audiences when thinking about whether your idea applies to both cities or just one.