Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award 2012

Due to its success in 2010 and 2011 the third edition of the Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award (DA4GA) will take place in 2012. The results of the current edition are on exhibition at Naturalis, Leiden until the end of this year.

Always wanted to be at the forefront of riveting art that is trans-disciplinary and pushes the boundaries of technological and artistic possibilities? Then submit your application for DA4GA and take a chance on winning €25.000, – for your project!

DA4GA highlights and explores the exciting and novel possibilities between design, artistic practice and Life Sciences. Inaugurated by the Netherlands Genomics Initiative, Waag Society, Naturalis and CSG – Centre for Society and the Life Sciences, DA4GA aims to stimulate emerging designers and artists to delve into the world of bio-art, and produce new work in close collaboration with the most prestigious Dutch Life Science institutes in the field of sustainability, food, health, bio-informatics, agriculture, energy and safety.

Did you graduate no longer than five years ago in the field of art or design? Do the breakthroughs of Life Sciences fascinate you, and do you have a knack for (applied) arts and/or design? Then we want you to send in your CV, portfolio and idea for a project that combines artistic merit with the vast developments in Life Sciences.

What is offered

After the pre-selection, a number of artists/designers will be invited to pitch their idea and meet the Life Sciences institutes during a speed date. Following the latter, the Life Sciences institutes and artists/designers decide if there’s a mutual match to develop their idea for the Award.

These sessions are scheduled in the week of October 8th 2012 (exact day to be confirmed). In case of a match, the teams of artist/designer and scientist develop their project idea towards a proposal for the Award. The three winning proposals, selected by an expert jury, will be awarded € 25.000,- each,for their realisation. The projects will be exhibited at Naturalis in Leiden, from mid June 2013 until the end of the year.

Please note: applicants who do not reside in the Netherlands are only accepted on the condition that they will be present – at their own cost – during all events that lead up to the Award and during the entire development period (December 2012 – June 2013) in case they belong to one of the winning projects.

Interested? Send an e-mail to for the application form and conditions.

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