Call for Proposals: Many Hands Make Great Art

Every September, Beakerhead erupts onto the streets and venues of Calgary with clever and creative works of engineered art. This is a proposals call for community-built creations that could be a part of this ruckus. One or more of the proposed designs may be eligible for financial support to turn your design into reality!

What is the design challenge?

Beakerhead is looking for delightful and inspiring pieces that open an entertaining door to the world of science and engineering.

Thank you to The Calgary Foundation for making these community-built creations possible.

Who can take part?

Calgary communities, neighbourhoods or groups are invited to design something – mobile or stationary – that could be a conversation starter within the community, or between communities (and the world!) about making a better world by bringing art and engineering together. All proposed designs should be envisioned as projects that would require community volunteers, young and old alike, to build, drawing on both creative and technical skills.

Important dates

  • January 30, 2016: deadline for design concepts
  • February 10, 2016: projects that will receive financial support will be notified
  • September 14: unveiling of the project and shared between September 14 – 18, 2016

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DEADLINE SOON for Big Bang Residency Applications

CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Deadline October 9, 2015

Big Bang Residency invites artists and engineers to create new works of art and spectacle

Artists, designers, engineers and technicians are invited to submit proposals to create a new multidisciplinary work of art that will be supported through a program called the Big Bang Residency.

The work will be built over the course of a year by a team of four or five, with backgrounds ranging from art and design to science and engineering, and will premiere on September 14, 2016, at Beakerhead  in Calgary, Canada.

The year of building will be bracketed by two one-week periods in residence, provided by The Banff Centre in support of this program. A globally respected arts, cultural, and educational institution, The Banff Centre is providing expertise and oversight to the selection and creative development process.

The successful team will also be provided with a materials budget of CAD 24,000, additional support for space and equipment rental, and an artist fee for each team member (up to five) of CAD 5,000, through funding from the Remarkable Experience Accelerator, a joint initiative of Calgary Arts Development and the Calgary Hotel Association.

The selection jury is made up of art and engineering professionals from around the world. The deadline for proposals is October 9, 2015, and the successful team will be notified by November 6, 2015.

This is the first year for this three-year program, spearheaded by Beakerhead, an annual smash up of art, science and engineering that erupted in Calgary in 2013.

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Photo: The Fabulist by Bee Kingdom – the first friendly, artificially intelligent inflatable artwork. Photo by Neil Zeller Photography.