Wellcome Trust People Award – up to £30,000

The Wellcome Trust have published the following information about awards of up to £30,000, which in 2014 they are particularly keen should  help museums and galleries curate bold and exciting exhibitions that engage the public with ideas about biomedical science and its past, present and future impact on society and culture.

“Our People Awards are now in their 12th year and we have already supported many successful engagement projects. Here’s what Dr Bronwyn Parry and Ania Dabrowska, collaborating curators of the funded ‘Mind Over Matter’ exhibition, had to say about their People Award:
“The Wellcome Trust People Award gave us an exceptionally rare opportunity to develop a ground-breaking interactive exhibition on memory loss, dementia and brain donation – topics that were very controversial. The award was particularly important as it gave us complete artistic freedom to take the project in unconventional directions whilst simultaneously providing us with the financial support necessary to realise our ambitions for the work. On a relatively small budget we were able to create a show that not only received wide critical acclaim, but which also drew extensive media attention enabling us to draw national and international attention to these vitally important issues. We both look back on the project as one of the most successful of our whole careers and it has created many further professional opportunities for us – we would recommend the award to any other artists and their collaborators in the warmest possible terms.”
“We are keen to reach artists and curators to support their endeavours in public engagement with science. Do you have an idea that you think might be suitable for the scheme? Can you help us to promote this call for proposals among your networks?”Forthcoming deadlines for applications are 25 April, 25 July and 24 October 2014. Find out more at: wellcome.ac.uk/people.

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