Soapbox Art & Science: Call for Artists


Soapbox Science is proud to announce a new collaborative project between artists and scientists to inspire a new generation of scientists and tackle gender issues in science careers



We are excited to announce that the call for artists to take part in Soapbox Science’s new Art & Science collaborative project is NOW OPEN!

Soapbox Science (11 of 79) copyOn top of our usual events, Soapbox Science’s 7th year is set to bring innovative, awe-inspiring, and mind-boggling science to arts festivals around the UK. Thanks to our new STFC-funded project, Soapbox Art & Science will now also be uniting artists and female scientists to explore fresh and engaging ways of communicating scientific ideas through art, and testing them out on audiences at arts festivals.

To do so, we are looking for artists from any discipline who want to collaborate with a top female scientist to put together a small presentation, performance, painting, dance, poem or any other piece of art inspired by scientific research.


What is Soapbox Science?

485A1498Soapbox Science is a non-profit, grass-roots, science festival that brings science to the masses, and tackles inequality issues in science. Our free 3h events see up to 12 female scientists stand on soapboxes on busy urban streets and chat with the public about their work. Our Art & Science events will match scientists with an artist (from a variety of disciplines), with the hope that the pair will come up with new, innovative and engaging ways to help communicate their science. We recognize that many scientists are also artists: these scientists/artists can choose to apply as scientists or artists.


Why should you apply to be a Soapbox Art & Science artist?

We expect participating artists to have an interest in developing connections with the scientific community. Participants will be primarily provided with opportunities to:

  • Initiate and develop a collaboration with a scientist
  • Meet other fantastic artists and scientists from around the country at one of our bespoke Soapbox Art & Science training workshops
  • Advertise your work in various media and at a dedicated art festival, and share your ideas on how best to facilitate collaboration between art and science

As a non-profit initiative who runs free science communication events, we are unable to pay artists and scientists for their time. We are mindful of the financial pressures experienced by many artists, and therefore do not expect new art work to be produced for these specific events (but will provide a small budget for materials if needed). We moreover expect time commitments from the artists to be kept to a minimum.


Soapbox Art & Science will be running in the following cities (exact dates TBC)


Soapbox Science (14 of 79) copyOxford – July 2017

London – September 2017

Lincoln – September 2017 (digital art)

Leeds – October 2017



You will need to be available for a workshop in January (date TBC) as well as one afternoon at the festival you choose to participate in. The deadline for applications is 18/11/16.

You can apply for one of our next year’s four Art & Science events here

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