Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, is seeking proposals for an upcoming major exhibition and series of workshops and events on the theme Future Of Water.

Calling all armchair hydrologists, liquid artists, part-time diviners, fluid technologists and steamy scientists! This October Science Gallery asks ‘what is the future of water?’. This theme will form the basis for a major exhibition and series of events at the Science Gallery, to run from October 2011 till January 2012.

Water is a potentially all-encompassing theme – from the amazing physical properties of water, to its destructive and life-giving power in nature, and its role in both human development and conflict. It flows through us, as blood, sweat and tears. It is venerated, coveted, spoiled and fought over. It has as many meanings and functions as it has physical forms; we regularly encounter water as liquid, solid and vapour. Water can be soothing, an instrument of healing, accelerated through water cannon as a weapon, or used to cut rock and metal. One billion people lack access to it in its most valuable form, as clean drinking water. Clean water is running out – and around the world it is used as a weapon of power and a tool in political conflict.

What innovations might help us to acquire new sources of water, or help us to conserve it? What is our relationship to water? What will a water-scarce future look like? What creative ways are there of envisaging this? With Dublin facing likely water shortages in the coming decades, the exhibition could help audiences to inform and involve themselves in the complex global and local issues around water, and the choices this city is likely to face in the near future. How can the works on exhibition link the local to the global?

The exhibition will include existing and proposed innovations and inventions around water, artworks on the theme of water, and artifacts that reveal the different ways in which water is used and perceived of. The exhibition will extend beyond the gallery through workshops, events and off-site projects. Alongside artwork, designed objects and documentary artifacts, FUTURE OF WATER will include special live performances, innovative installations, unique physical and mental experiences, high-profile talks, discussions and debates, web-focused interactions, games and collaborative experience.