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

Download Full Call for Proposals

Questions? Email

Galleries of Engineered Art

Take yourself on a self-guided art tour or stop by one of these galleries when you are out on one of your Beakerhead forays:

  • The Agrora Project (ACAD, 1407 14 Avenue NW)
    The “Agora” is a critical making project re-thinking social media and social media values by asking “can communication be about community building and negotiation rather than performing individual identities?” Starting as a wall of anonymous sticky notes debating community issues, the full-fledged digital experiment will be unveiled at ACAD during this year’s Beakerhead.
  • Nickle Galleries (Ground Floor, Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary)
    Nickle Galleries will be be home to a number of interactive exhibits and talks throughout the Beakerhead, including Twilight Tetris and Retrogram Archeology.
  • Fluevog (207, 8 Avenue SW)
    Explore a number of bizarre items that, at first glance, seem mundane. Then upon further investigation, realize that the artifacts tell a larger, more wired story. Artists hail from the University of Calgary.
  • Hand Built Motorcycle Exhibition – Torch Motorcycles (906 Centre Street SE)
    The Torch 2015 Handbuilt Motorcycle Exhibition features motorcycle builds, mods, restorations, and franken-bikes from Calgary’s most compelling builder, riders, and enthusiasts. We also focus on popular culture, engineering, and design for women with a film series, artwork, apparel and build education programs and presentations throughout the 10 days of the show. Ed the ghost will make a special appearance this year!
    Daily. Noon-9pm, September 17th-27th.
  • Perpetual Inventory at TRUCK +15 Window Gallery (Arts Commons, 205 8 Avenue SE)
    Perpetual Inventory is an installation inside TRUCK’s +15 Project Window and is a continual reference to the passer-by. Comprised of hundreds of minimally made god’s eyes to resemble a flock or swarm of an unknown and ambiguous species and activated by motion detectors, this interactive installation mimics the viewer while giving off a feeling of constant and fleeting observation.

Visit Gallery websites for daily opening times.