Grantham Art Prize 2018
Call for entries
Concept submission deadline 24 August 2018
[Pictured: Julian Melchiorri's Exhale, the world's first living and breathing chandelier utilising novel bionic-leaf technologies, on display at the V&A]
Climate change is a real and complex challenge that requires us all to take urgent action. While research is an indispensable tool to tackle climate change, we also need to consider the moral and ethical implications of our choices. Historically, art has helped us explore difficult issues and has inspired meaningful conversations. By bringing art and science together, we can strengthen our voice and be a strong motivator for action on climate change."
Co-director of the Grantham Institute
The Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, together with the Royal College of Art (RCA), are delighted to announce this art competition on the theme of climate change and the environment. Launched as part of the Grantham Institute's 10th Anniversary celebrations, this competition is designed to create a conversation about these issues in a visual way and to kick start collaborations between Imperial College London and RCA students and academics.
Download: Grantham Art Prize 2018 call for entries (PDF)
The Grantham Art Prize is open to members of Imperial and the RCA who want to deploy their creativity to motivate change and create meaningful conversations about tackling climate change and the transformations needed in all areas of society from energy to agriculture, from business to everyday life.
If you want help setting up a collaboration, email Abbie Stone: email@example.com
Six concepts will be selected to develop. Those chosen will be informed in early October 2018, and awarded £700 to produce their artwork.
|22 April 2018||
Earth Day and competition launch date
|11 July 2018||
The Grantham Institute are hosting a networking event to bring together interested parties from the RCA and Imperial.
|24 August 2018||
Concept submission deadline
|15 October 2018||
Six concepts will be selected by the panel to receive the award of £700 and to develop and produce their artwork.
|25-26 April 2019||
Completed artworks will form an exhibition in the College Main Entrance of the South Kensington Campus at Imperial College London to mark Earth Day 2019.
The artwork will be moved to a gallery space at the RCA and form a standalone exhibition there. The exact date will be announced shortly.
A jury of artists and climate scientists will judge the concepts and choose six projects to be awarded the Prize – the jury is being formed and will be announced shortly.
How to apply
The application form can be downloaded here: Grantham Art Prize Application Form 2018. Completed proposals should be sent to Abbie Stone, firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should be in PDF format, hard copies will not be accepted.
Eligibility and conditions
Full terms and conditions can be downloaded here: Grantham Art Prize T&Cs
The competition is open to members of Imperial and students of the RCA. You may enter as groups or as individuals. Collaborations between Imperial and RCA are encouraged and will be looked upon favourably by the judges.
Entrants should consider the size of the exhibition space and the constraints detailed below, and all artwork would need to be accompanied by a short explanation that will also be displayed.
Art cannot hang from the ceiling at Imperial College so all work must be suitable for display on a plinth or a wall, digital works can be displayed on a TV-screen. Performance and sound-based pieces are unfortunately not eligible for this competition.
Acceptable sizes: For ease of transportation and display in the hall all 3D work must be no bigger than 1.5x1.5x1.5m, and 2D work must be no bigger than 1.5x1.5m.
Upon completion of the final works, representatives from Imperial College London and the RCA will perform a final approval process. Each independently reserves the right to refuse to display specific works in their respective institutions and this decision will be at the organisation’s discretion.
If you want help setting up a collaboration, or have any questions, email Abbie Stone: email@example.com