Wellcome Trust’s Arts Awards – now open for application!

Arts Awards support the creation of new artistic work that critically engages artists and audiences with biomedical science. We strives to work with all art forms and the diverse community we support includes artists, scientists, curators, writers, academics, producers, directors and education officers.

We believe that artists have a distinct approach to understanding and communicating ideas that can illuminate and challenge perceptions within society. We are convinced therefore that the arts have an invaluable role to play in engaging the public with biomedical science. Arts Awards encourage creative collaborations between art and science.The Wellcome Trust believes that this exchange generates powerful, personal and visceral art and inspires interdisciplinary research and practice that brings benefits to artists and scientists alike.

For full details & how to apply visit the Wellcome Trust pages HERE.

You can apply for funding at two levels:

Small Arts Awards (small- to medium-sized projects – up to and including £30 000)
Small Arts Awards can support the R&D of new project ideas or ways of working, investigate and experiment with new methods of engagement through the arts, or fund or part-fund final production costs.

Upcoming deadline:

• 7 November 2014 (17.00)

Large Arts Awards (larger projects – above £30 000)

Large Arts Awards can support full or part production costs for high-quality, large arts projects that aim to have significant reach or impact on audiences.

Large awards are primarily for applicants with a track record with the Wellcome Trust or Wellcome Collection; however, special cases can be made for teams with an excellent track record and a strong project idea where the initial research and development has already taken place.

Expressions of Interest forms can be submitted at any point in the year for review at the next deadline. We are now accepting proposals for the 2015 deadline.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest forms for 2015 is 23 January.  Applicants who are successful at this stage will be asked to submit a full application by 1 May and if this is successful they will be invited to interview in July. A final funding decision will be made by the end of July 2015.

Projects that are not eligible for Arts Award support include health promotion, education or campaign projects, arts projects for therapeutic purposes, factual documentaries, work that is purely illustrative and projects dealing with non-biomedical sciences. The scheme does not normally support the costs of fiction writing unless there is clear evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration with appropriate biomedical input and a strong public engagement/dissemination plan.


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