The Wellcome Trust invites individuals and organisations from the UK and the Republic of Ireland to apply for funding through its Arts Awards, which support imaginative and experimental arts projects exploring biomedical science. Funding can be applied for at two levels: small and medium-sized projects (up to and including £30 000) and large-scale projects (over £30 000). The next deadline for the Small Arts Awards is 25 January 2013.

The Arts Awards scheme aims to:

  • stimulate interest, excitement and debate about biomedical science through high-quality, original artistic practice
  • examine the social, cultural and ethical contexts of biomedical science through the arts
  • encourage new ways of thinking
  • promote high-quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborations between arts, science and education practice
  • support formal and informal learning.

Projects must involve the creation of new artistic work and have biomedical scientific input into the process, either through a scientist taking on an advisory role or through direct collaboration. The scheme is open to a wide range of practitioners including artists, scientists, curators, film makers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers.

Recently funded projects include Zoe Mendelson’s This Mess is a Place, which investigates the psychopathology of hoarding through large-scale installation, an interdisciplinary public event and fiction writing; D R Hood’s The Session, a short animated film examining communication between a schizophrenic patient, family members and a family therapy team; and 2 kidneys 5 tales, from Alexandra Coulter, Dorset County Hospital, in which film maker Peter Snelling and renal dialysis patients at Dorset County Hospital explore the experience of renal failure, the science and pressures of diet restrictions, and the tension between home and hospital life.

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