Making “Electric” Dreams a Reality Through Art

Tuesday 19 May 2015

The University of Salford, in partnership with Manchester Science Festival 2015 and Electricity North West, are delighted to announce a brand new £5,000 commission for emerging artists to create an original piece of work around the theme of electricity.

The successful artist will have their new creation displayed or performed at this year’s Manchester Science Festival, now in its 9th year, to stimulate public engagement with the science and technologies of electricity. It is also intended that this fusion of art and science, will spark debate around the role electricity plays in our daily lives.

The museum is keen to hear from up and coming artists working across all genres, from digital to mixed media to craft and performance. Thematic areas may include attention to the future of electricity, forms of sculptural lighting, smart grid design and alternative fuel sources.

All interested parties have until the 8th of June to submit written proposals of between 250-500 words alongside initial drawings and images, and key information regarding what resources, budget and time-scale would be required to realise the art work.

This year’s Manchester Science Festival runs between 22 October and 1 November, in many established and eclectic venues across Greater Manchester. The winning art-work will be installed or performed within this year’s programme where, last year alone, nearly 100,000 people engaged with science and the arts throughout the 11 day Festival, proudly produced by the Museum of Science and Industry.

Dr. Marieke Navin, Manchester Science Festival Director who also runs the museum’s year-round contemporary science programme comments: “The Manchester Science Festival is one of the largest science festivals in the UK and the North’s premier cultural celebration of all things related to science and innovation. We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Electricity North West and the University of Salford, to offer an emerging artist such a fantastic international platform on which to display their new creation – highlighting how closely linked science and art really are.”

Jonathan Collins, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Electricity North West, says: “We are delighted to be involved in this amazing art commission and partner with the University of Salford and Manchester Science Festival. We all take electricity for granted and we work hard to keep the lights on across the North West, so it’s going to be exciting to see what local artists create around the role electricity plays in our daily lives.”

Professor Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication and Future Media at the University of Salford, adds: “We live in incredibly exciting times where artists, scientists, technologists and industry are working together to make new discoveries and realise exciting new work. We look forward to working towards realising this fantastic new commission"

Full details of the commission, its terms and the awards process are available online

For further information, please contact: Rachel Furst, Senior Press Officer at the Museum of Science and Industry: 0161 606 0176 or