GENDER open call now live

We are excited to announce that first exhibition season of 2020 will be on the topic of GENDER. The open call for proposals is now live and the deadline for submissions is 15 February 2019.

Whether your application is an artistic or scientific inquiry, or both, we are looking to work with individuals and groups who are critically exploring experiences of gender in a contemporary context and those engaged with emerging scientific research. The season will reference a broad set of questions, including:

In what ways is gender multi-faceted? Gender is one aspect of identity and arises within social, biological and cultural conditions that are in a state of flux. We are looking for the season to reflect upon multiple notions of gender, gathering and sharing experiences and expressions of gender across a range of cultures and geographies.

What are the lived experiences of gender? In what ways do medical and social spaces - from care homes to nightclubs - structure experience and presentation? How is gender a source of both oppression and liberation, operating via pleasure and desire, as well as control? How are institutionally gendered structures – from the built environment to language itself – shifting over time? 

How is gender technological? Gender interfaces and influences every sphere of science, including medicine, biometrics, psychology, political science and economics. Gender affects medical treatment across indigenous knowledge, global pharma, state policy and care work for family and friends. Who has ownership over these tools and technologies?


Find out more about the open call.

Curatorial team

The Curator-Producer for the season is Helen Kaplinsky and Science Gallery London’s Programme Directors are John O’Shea and Jennifer Wong.

Season Advisors

  • Dr Anna Churcher Clarke, Clinical Psychologist, Gender Identity Development Service (The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust). 
  • Dr Anne Pollock, Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at King's College London
  • Caspar Heinemann, Artist and Writer
  • Professor Davina Cooper, Research Professor in Law & Political Theory, Dickson Poon, School of Law, King's College London
  • Micha Frazer-Carroll, Journalist
  • Victoria Sin, Artist
  • Dr Qazi Rahman, Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London

​Image: Shu Lea Cheang, BRANDON, 1998-1999. Courtesy of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.