Artist Commission – LifeLab Loud

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The Babraham Institute are commissioning an artist/musician for our flagship public event LifeLab Loud in Peterborough (28th September 2019) for an audience of 250. Applications Close 5pm 29th March!


Background. The Babraham Institute is a publicly funded world-class research institution which focusses on understanding the biology underpinning lifelong health and wellbeing. We have a rich history of public engagement and are dedicated to bringing science closer to society, engaging with over 15,000 people annually. In collaboration with four other Cambridge Institutes, we received funding from the European Commission for a public engagement programme: LifeLab. LifeLab aims to bring researchers and the community closer together, show how local research influences everyone’s lives and celebrate career opportunities in science. We want to be different from other science festivals and events and provide opportunities that bring science to the public, particularly in Peterborough and Ely.

Project brief. LifeLab Loud is the Babraham Institute’s flagship event for LifeLab 2019 (to be exhibited on the last weekend of September): the event aims to fuse our science with art and sound, making it memorable, inspiring, and emotionally engaging for the Peterborough public. The work should contain an element of sound but we are open to ideas and combinations with other art forms (including visual/performance/film elements). We particularly welcome proposals with: 1) an interactive element for the audience and 2) the potential for a lasting legacy that could be used in future projects/exhibits. The project will be based around the Institute’s science, most likely our research on immunology, with a view to making it accessible to a non-scientific audience. The artist should be willing to work collaboratively with scientists at the Institute and the Public Engagement team to fine-tune and deliver the project, including at least one visit to the Institute.

Costing. The design and production budget for the project are set at £5000 (which includes planning and delivery). It is anticipated that the project will begin in April/May 2019 and will be spread over a 6 month period. Extra costs (e.g., travel) are to be negotiated with the successful artist/group.

How to apply? Please send the following to by 5pm on 29th March:

  • A project plan (700 words max) detailing how you would approach and respond to this brief (this could include potential materials, methods, how you will engage and inspire audience members, potential outcomes)
  • A brief personal statement outlining your experience and previous project examples
  • Timescales for your proposed project and estimated budget.

Contact. If you have any questions or would like an informal chat about the project in advance then please contact Giulia:, 01223 466206.

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