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No Boundaries Arts And Culture Symposium

No Boundaries is the arts industry annual conference with a focus on presenting questions and challenging new ideas on the role of arts and culture, finding positive approaches to influence change and support the sector’s growth in a rapidly changing, tumultuous world.

In March 2017 an array of national and international contributors will speak to themes relevant to issues facing us all, with time allocated for delegates to self-organise discussion, network and reflect on the formal contributor sessions.

Landmark Manchester arts hub HOME will be partnered with Hull Truck Theatre, with the event forming part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 programme.

For more information and to purchase a delegate pass, please visit No Boundaries.

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UKIERI Call for Research Proposals 2016

The UK India Education Research Initiative, in collaboration with the Indian Department for Science and Technology and the Indian University Grants Commission, invites applications for its calls for research proposals under the e-partnership and research incubation strand.

The calls are for funding in the arts, humanities and sciences key priority areas:

  • Climate Research
  • Data Science
  • Human Health
  • Material Science
  • Marine Sciences

Awards range from £100,000 to £200,000 for three years per project.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 5 October 2016.

For more information, please visit UKIERI.

In addition, UUKi will be holding a pre-submission workshop at Woburn House on from 10.00 – 12.00 Monday 26 September 2016. The workshop will provide attendees with an introduction and overview of UKIERI, which will focus on strand three, e-partnership and research incubation and an opportunity to pose questions on the open calls for research funding.

If you have any questions please contact Joseph Taylor.

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The Wellcome Image Awards

The Wellcome Image Awards celebrate the aesthetic beauty of scientific images, the research behind them and the incredible techniques used to create them.

The awards, which were first held in 1997, celebrate the best in science image making. The competition is open to scientists, photographers and artists. Winners receive prizes up to £5,000, and the winning images are displayed in galleries and science centres across the UK and around the world.

All images accepted into Wellcome Images’ collections will be considered for the awards. Images are judged on their: quality, technique, visual impact, and ability to communicate and engage.

The deadline for the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards is 11 September 2016.

For more information about how to submit images to the collection: visit or email:

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Join the Arts Council Designation Panel

The Arts Council are seeking to recruit five new members of the Designation Panel to take up positions from August 2016.

The Designation Panel is made up of respected members in the fields of arts, cultural heritage and historical research.

The role of Designation Scheme Panel member provides an opportunity for you to use your experience to ensure appropriate decisions are made: recognising the most significant collections held outside of the National institutions and ensuring these collections are safeguarded and developed for wider enjoyment, learning and research.

The closing date for applications is: 6 June at 5pm

For more information, please visit the Arts Council.

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Manchester City of Science Hack – Call for Co-Curators

The University of Salford and Spark Compass would like to invite you to take part in Manchester City of Science Hack, where our goal is to curate Manchester’s historical and contemporary science and technology scene to produce an interactive mixed reality experience that infuses an alternative tourism experience with novel ideas and inspires people to see places differently.

The call is for artists, performers, filmmakers, programmers, digital experts, writers, musicians, historians, and all round makers who can help curate this map.

Tuesday 3rd May and Monday 9th May

For more information and to register, please click HERE.

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CERN International Artists Residency

The COLLIDE International Award is a unique opportunity for artists to spend dedicated time in one of the most important laboratories in the world, where crucial questions about nature are addressed.

Famously home to the Large Hadron Collider, CERN has offered the award to artists with an interest in the sciences for several years. This is the first year, however, it will be collaborating with the Liverpool-based Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT).

The winner of the COLLIDE International Award will win a three-month-long, fully funded residency split between the two institutions as well as a 15,000 Swiss Francs cash prize

The competition is open to artists of any nationality or age. Their proposal should reflect upon encounters between art and science, and offer challenging methods of collaboration with CERN scientists.

The deadline for applications is May 23rd, 2016.

For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit

For support during your proposal, please contact our Impact and Engagement Manager Jenna Ashton.

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Smithsonian Institution Fellowships

Sara Roby Fellowship

This residential fellowship, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, supports a scholar whose research topic is in American realism.

Fellowships are available for postdoctoral and senior positions.

Deadline: 01 Dec 16

Patricia and Phillip Frost Fellowship

This residential, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, fellowship supports research in American art and visual culture.

Fellowships are available for postdoctoral and senior positions.

Deadline: 01 Dec 16

For more information, please click here.

For support on your application, please contact your relevant Research Development Manager.