Submit a proposal for our first cross-network season 'BLOOD'

Inspired by the 2015 exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin, BLOOD 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 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 London-based season* we are looking for up to nine exhibits, activities, workshops or performances. Proposals will be funded up to a maximum budget of £2000, which should include all artist fees, materials, equipment and travel. One outstanding original work may be commissioned with a higher budget of up to £5000.

Please note that these are maximum amounts, not targets. We are happy to write letters of support for applicants seeking funding from elsewhere.​

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

  • Linda Barber, Senior lecturer, Department of Haematological Medicine, King's College London
  • David Rees, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist, King’s College Hospital, London
  • Michael Shattock, Professor of Cellular Cardiology, St Thomas’ Hospital, London

The deadline for submssions 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.