Public Art Commission, Brighton Digital Festival

Public Art Commission, Brighton Digital Festival, Brighton & Hove City Council and University of Brighton

Brighton Digital Festival, University of Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council are looking to commission a new piece of public art for the Huxley Building on the University’s Moulsecoomb campus with a budget of £30,000.

The Huxley Building houses the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, teaching pharmacy, chemistry, biology, biomedical science and ecology.

The common aim for those that use Huxley is, among many things, to discover the causes and mechanisms of disease, new ways to treat these diseases, better (and more individualised) ways to deliver these treatments, how people age, novel methods to remediate environmental damage, the effects of trace pollutants on aquatic life and to understand the lifestyle of mammals in an urban setting.

This co-commission seeks proposals for a new piece of public art that will be situated within the foyer of the Huxley building, or in the immediate vicinity of the building, and engage both the users of the Huxley building and a wider community and public.

Proposals that include a digital element or where digital practice is a key component of the work's development are welcomed. Proposals that explore how the arts, sciences and technology can combine to engage with complex contemporary challenges are also encouraged.

The successful applicant will be selected in a two-stage open competition. From the received Stage 1 applications, a shortlist of artists will be selected to move onto Stage 2 by a selection panel. Stage 2 shortlisted artists will be exhibited at the University of Brighton as part of the selection process and paid a concept development fee of £1000 to work on a detailed proposal for final selection.

This exhibition of shortlisted proposals will be part of the British Science Festival & Brighton Digital Festival in September/October 2017.

Deadline: 12 noon Monday 29th May 2017

Applicants can make enquiries regarding the commission to:

Please email submissions to  – with ‘Huxley commission proposal’ in the subject line.



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