Challenging artists and scientists to collaborate on new approaches to the creative process, the £15,000 DARE Art Prize awarded by the University of Leeds and Opera North is open for applications.

Part of the groundbreaking DARE partnership between the University of Leeds and Opera North, in association with the National Science and Media Museum and The Tetley, the third instalment of the prize will be awarded to an innovative, ambitious artist who is motivated by the opportunity to work in partnership with leading scientific researchers at the University of Leeds.

The Prize includes a bursary of £10,000 paid quarterly over twelve months, a budget of up to £5,000 for resources to create and present new work, and the chance to engage with scientific researchers and artists who share a vision, and whose specialist expertise can support the creation of something new. There are further opportunities for residencies at the National Science & Media Museum, Bradford and The Tetley, Leeds. Access to musicians, studio space and resources from Opera North may also be available.

The winners of the two previous DARE Art Prizes each spent a year working on strikingly different, but equally inventive projects, both of which established shared vision between artists and scientists, and bridged the gap between two fields that are often seen as mutually exclusive. Winner of the inaugural prize, composer Samuel Hertz (pictured above) worked with low-frequency infrasound, delving into climatology, the environment and the paranormal, with outcomes including a musical transcription of a glacier melting and a piece of music featuring sounds inaudible to the human ear.

Artist and researcher Anna Ridler, who won the 2018-19 Prize, has spent her tenure investigating the points at which artificial and human intelligence intersect. Drawing on theories about the brain’s response to unfamiliar tasks, with the collaboration of staff in the University of Leeds’ School of Psychology she has taught a machine to draw, and employed an algorithm to process musical scores.

Individual, independent artists working in any discipline are invited to apply for the latest DARE Art Prize by submitting a CV and a 500-word proposition that summarises the area of scientific interest, from astrophysics to climate change, microbiology to nutrition; evidences an ambition to create something new and the germ of an idea of what this might be; and expresses a genuine wish to engage with academic researchers, expertise and resources at the University of Leeds.

There are no restrictions on the form of the outcome: it could be any artform or channel – a performance, a poem, an interactive website or a song cycle for example – but the project must be achievable within twelve months ending in May 2021.

Applications should be sent in the form of a single pdf or Word document to, before 12 noon GMT on Thursday 30 January 2020. For more information visit


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