Opportunities for artists: Commissions for data-based art (live art/performance/intervention, sound/music piece, mural/street art)

ART|DATA|HEALTH: data as creative material for health and wellbeing project, Brighton, UK


Opportunities for artists: Commissions for data-based art (live art/performance/intervention, sound/music piece, mural/street art)


Deadline: 23:59 GMT,  Friday 20 September 2019


The academic research project ART/DATA/HEALTH creates an innovative and interdisciplinary process that offers disadvantaged groups and the public new tools, at the intersections of data science with art practice, to approach two key issues in healthy aging and prevention: digital skills and health literacy. 


The project uses health data as the source of experiential stories and as the source material for creative expression. In a series of exploratory workshops, a community of artists, academics and members of disadvantaged population will use a combination of creative media, storytelling and data analytics to explore evidence around health in their local communities. They will co-produce creative work that takes various forms using both anonymised personal and open statistical health data. 


Data-based art can help raise awareness about the ethical, social and cultural issues of personalised medicine, but is however still missing from public health, community-based initiatives. Data representations can help stakeholders comprehend large amounts of data and identify patterns.


ART/DATA/HEALTH: data as creative material for health and wellbeing is supported by a UK Research Innovation/ Arts and Humanities Research Council Leadership Fellowship Grant. 

Principal Investigator: Dr Aristea Fotopoulou | Key partners: Brighton Fringe Festical, Brighton Digital Festival, Brighhton and Hove Council Public Health, NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. 

Useful Links: www.artdatahealth.org  | Tw: @artdatahealth1 | E: info@artdatahealth.org



Opportunities for artists


Commissions for data-based art (min 2)


As part of the project ART/DATA/HEALTH: data as creative material for health and wellbeing we are inviting artist proposals for major commissions. We are interested in ambitious proposals that offer a unique perspective on health and wellbeing data and strongly connect to the themes of the ART/DATA/HEALTH project (digital inclusion, health inequalities). You will have experience in working with communities and an interest/or experience in working with data. 


The selection criteria are:

·       How original your proposed project is

·       How suitable it is for community-based art

·       How you envisage to work with the communities to co-produce the artwork

·       How you hope to connect with audiences from these communities 

·       How you aim to connect with the Brighton Fringe Festival audiences

In addition to some of the venues and locations used for 
the Brighton Fringe, the ART/DATA/HEALTH art projects may be able to secure other indoor and outdoor spaces for the presentation of site-specific artworks. 


Main commissions include:

●      Project budget of up to £5,200 to include 18 days of work of which 2 days of co-production workshops, all expenses, fees and materials

●      Up to 2 nights accommodation (based on single person)

●      Use of University of Brighton space during project development

●      Use of the University of Brighton 3D printing facilities if needed

●      Support from the research project team before, and after the Festival

●      Marketing and Technical support

●      Professional documentation of the work



Application is open to creative individuals, pairs or groups at any stage of their career, who are currently based in the UK. Preference will be given to artists local in the Brighton and Hove/ and wider Sussex area. Applicants do not need to possess a degree in a creative subject but must be able to demonstrate a track record of creative activity. Applicants must be over 18 and not in full time education.


How to Apply:
Please send the following in a single pdf via wetransfer to 
info@artdatahealth.org (subject header: ART/DATA/HEALTH data-based art commission_**artist name) by 23:59 GMT Friday 20 September 2019:

●      A written proposal (500 words max), clearly and concisely describing the project you wish to produce, the ideas behind it and how the budget will be spent,

●      Up to three images that illustrate the concepts behind your proposal,

●      Artist Statement (200 words max),

●      Up to three images or links to video of previous work,

●      CV (no more than 2 sides of A4),

●      Contact details including name, phone number and website address.


If you have any disability that would preclude you from submitting an application in this format, we welcome a video submission (7 mins max). Alternatively, please get in touch with us by email to discuss other options. 


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