British Science Association Commission


Inspirate and the British Science Association (BSA) invite artists to submit proposals for a new immersive installation as part of the British Science Festival 2022, which explores the theme of Celebrating British Science and Research and exploring the role that creativity plays in research. The artist will collaborate with young people, local communities and scientists and researchers to develop an installation that is engaging, inspiring and celebratory.

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The British Science Festival will be hosted by De Montfort University, from Tuesday 13 – Saturday 17 September 2022. The British Science Festival is Europe’s longest standing science Festival, travelling to a different place in the United Kingdom each year and celebrates the people, stories and ideas at the heart of science.

This immersive and /or interactive installation will be the headline event of the festival in 2022, celebrating British science and research. The installation will have the following aims;

  • Celebrating STEM

  • Engaging audiences underrepresented in STEM (e.g. those from lower socio- economic backgrounds, from minority ethnic backgrounds, faith groups and LGBTQ+ communities)

  • Building science capital

  • Inspiring young people (aged 16+)

The installation must be;

  • Accessible, reaching as many people as possible

  • Immersive and imaginative

  • Celebrate the themes outlined above

  • Engage with local communities and scientists / researchers

  • Open to the public during the day and evening

We welcome applications from collectives and collaborations between artists. We are open to explore innovative ideas to develop this immersive installation or experience.

To download a full brief, please
click here.



The below budget has been allocated for the commission:

  • The artist fee is up to £50,000

  • The production budget is £100,000 - £150,000

  • There are operational costs of £25,000-£35,000 available

  • Further budget of £8,000-£10,000 is available for community engagement.