Call for Events: Arts & Science Festival 2019-20

The seventh Arts & Science Festival will take place from June 2019, with a special programme running throughout the year in celebration of the University’s striking new parkland, the Green Heart. Arts & Science Festival will run alongside the Green Heart launch programme and align around four seasonal themes: celebration (summer); change (autumn); illumination (winter) and hope (spring). The programme will showcase culture, research and collaboration at the University and beyond through talks, concerts, exhibitions, performances, workshops, screenings and special events.

We are currently inviting individuals and departments from across campus to submit events – these may be events already scheduled to happen, or events developed and realized especially for the festival. All suitable submissions will be marketed as part of the festival programme, and included in online listings and printed publicity.

There is a small amount of funding available for events developed specifically for the festival that could not otherwise be realized without a financial contribution. We are looking to fund events that respond to the festival themes, explore the intersection between arts and sciences, and represent good value for money.

Should you wish to take part, please download and complete our event submission form and send it to us at artsandscience@contacts.bham.ac.uk. For further information or to discuss an idea, please email us at the same address.


Call for Submissions: Arts & Science Sculpture Commission

We are currently inviting artists to submit proposals for a new public sculpture bringing together arts and science in the University’s recently expanded campus parkland, the Green Heart.

Art is a vital part of campus life and this exciting new commission will continue the University of Birmingham’s long history of working with leading artists, artisans and architects.  

Following an open call for submissions, four finalists will be invited to produce maquettes to be exhibited in an outdoor exhibition; an indoor exhibition will expand on each of the proposals. Submissions will be shortlisted by public vote and a winner decided by a panel of judges.

The Arts & Science Sculpture commission should respond to the themes of arts and science in the same spirit as the festival, overlooking the traditional division between arts and science, and instead finding ways each discipline can inform the other, spark debate and new understandings about the rich world in which we live.

If you are interested in applying, please download the full brief and guidelines. The deadline for submissions is Sunday 24 February 2019.