May 03 2017 Posted: 00:00 IST

CÚRAM’s Art and Science programme creates links between the scientific and artistic communities to support the art-science discipline while increasing interest in science and current research. Since 2015, CÚRAM, the Centre for Research in Medical Devices based at NUI Galway, has hosted artist residencies in its laboratories and also in artist studio spaces situated near the beautiful Aula Maxima.

In partnership with the Galway City Arts Office, we are now inviting proposals from artists across Ireland who are interested in working as part of CÚRAM’s public engagement programme, which supports the Science Foundation Ireland goal of ‘having the most scientifically informed and engaged public’.

We invite artists to propose ideas for an ambitious and contemporary permanent artwork in the Westside community in Galway, for display in the Library, Boxing Club or similar location specified by the artist. The budget for this project is €10,000.

The artist will work with one of the following three themes:

  • Biomimicry
  • How to Fix a Broken Heart
  • Biomaterials and the Body

The chosen artist will work within the CÚRAM laboratories to learn about CÚRAM’s research and will then spend a period of time working with the Westside community to realise the project.

Applications must be received with all material by 5pm, June 19th. No submissions will be accepted after this date.  All eligible applications will be considered by a selection panel, appointed by Galway City Council and CÚRAM.

For more information on the current call and to apply visit: http://www.curamdevices.ie/curam/public-engagement/artists-in-residence/

CÚRAM’s Education and Public Engagement Programme ‘Breaking Barriers’ aims to inspire and engage the next generation of Irish scientists and engineers and to forge collaborations between our researchers and the community. The programme is based around three core residency programmes for Filmmakers, Artists and Teachers. Researchers also engage directly with the community through public lectures, film screenings, workshops and at national events.

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