Monday, January 7, 2019

Deadline extended

We have extended the submission deadline for artists wanting to apply for the 2 Ontario Science Centre projects on the Mind.

See the full call here -

Monday, December 3, 2018

Ontario Science Centre

The Mind Travelling Exhibition

Call for Artists and Makers to Create,
Emotional Baggage, a Kinetic Sculpture for The Mind Travelling Exhibition.

Project Summary

The Mind, a 6,000-square-foot travelling exhibition – produced by the Ontario Science Centre, is slated to open in August 2019. Through intriguing, thought-provoking bodies-on and minds-on experiences, this exhibition will spark moments of mindfulness, challenging visitors to question themselves and discover answers experientially.

The goal is to launch visitors on a voyage of self-discovery where they learn more about their own minds and how they think, feel and react. The Mind focuses on the realm of positive psychology, cognitive psychology and social psychology, delivering both first-hand experiences and opportunities for reflection, context and understanding. Topics explored include: Decision Making, Habits, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Tribalism, Emotions, Influencing Behaviour, Memory, and Altered States of Consciousness.

The Opportunity
This is a call for applications to create a sculpture with kinetic elements that will be part of The Mind Exhibition.  This exhibition will open at the Ontario Science Centre in August for 6 months and then travel across North America for approximately five years.  The theme is emotional baggage, the unprocessed and often negative emotions from our past that still impacts our behaviours and attitudes. This kinetic sculpture will be selected through a juried competition.

Project Intent
One of the key goals of this project is to seamlessly incorporate the Emotional Baggage kinetic sculpture into an exhibition with 22 other exhibit experiences. The process of working with the OSC will therefore emphasize communication and collaboration between the OSC staff and the selected artist. This will allow the OSC to support the selected artist so that installation is as efficient and worry-free as possible.

Artist Fees
An artist fee of $18,000 will be paid to the artist or artist collective (the collective shall choose how to distribute the fee among its members). An additional supplies fee of $2,000 is also available and the amount to be determined based on the proposed supplies budget by the artists. Ownership of Emotional Baggage, on full payment to the selected artist, will transfer to the OSC.

Artist Eligibility and Project Selection Criteria
This call is open to artists, makers, artist collectives, and innovative entrepreneurs, to create an original large-scale kinetic sculpture. Project proposals will be selected based on the following criteria:

1) Artistic and Conceptual Merit.

We’re seeking a fun and whimsical kinetic sculpture themed on the topic of emotional baggage. This unique sculpture should be thought provoking and capable of sparking dialogue and public engagement. The included sketch titled “Show of Emotions” is inspired by Rowland Emett’s magical machines. His whimsical kinetic sculptures incorporated everyday objects (e.g., bicycle wheels, lampshades), sounds, and lights to playfully interpret a topic. The included sketch of a contraption themed on the show of emotions illustrates that the intricacies of a sculpture (e.g., a scale with settings ranging from “Smile” to “Frown”) can help playfully tackle the breadth of a particular subject matter. Artists are free to change the title accordingly.

2) Durability.

The kinetic sculpture needs to be constructed so that it is robust enough to remain functional without requiring excessive maintenance or repair over the course of the travel tour. Each stop along the tour is for a period of typically three months with an annual average of three host venues. A typical day would likely consist of 8- 10 hours of operation.

3) Dimensions.

·       Height -Ranging from 2.34 m (92”) to 3.7 m (12 ft.). NB. Any elements taller than 2.34 m (92”) must be removable to allow for shipping in crates.
·       Width – Maximum of 2.29 m (90”)
·       Length – Maximum of 3.05 m (120”)
·       Weight – Less than 90.72 kg (200 lb.) is desirable. However, up to 226.8 kg (500 lb.) is allowable with some justification

4) Eco-friendly.

One of the key goals of The Mind exhibition is to use sustainable and eco-friendly building materials. This sculpture should therefore consist of a combination of new, recycled or upcycled materials. Artists should keep the life cycle of all chosen materials in mind and plan to use natural and sustainable materials wherever possible and limit the use of plastic and other less sustainable materials.  If lights are used in your sculpture, please consider LED lights.

Look and Feel

The Mind presents a unique space where elements such as colour, form, lighting and materials combine to help visitors explore their own minds. Structures with various degrees of porosity and transparency will provide powerful visual metaphors and thinking tools. Quirky and dynamic sculptures will spark inquiry and reflection. Thoughtful juxtapositions will encourage insights and mindful moments – all
within a playful context inviting participation and observation.

Graphics will be relatable, whimsical and full of surprises – with scaled-up physical and mental challenges and unexpected stimuli. Overall, the physical environment will unconsciously yet dramatically guide the visitor to a heightened awareness of their own incredible mind.

Selection Committee
1.     Mary Jane Conboy
2.     Carmela Laganse
3.     Christopher McLeod
4.     Joe Sponder
5.     Rich Vieira
6.     Bhavleen Kaur

How to Apply
Applications will be accepted until January 7, 2019 at noon at or can be mailed/ couriered to:

Ontario Science Centre
770 Don Mills Road
Toronto, ON M3C 1T3
Attn: Rich Vieira

(NB. Only complete applications, including all documents outlined in the call will be considered.)

Key Dates
December 3, 2018 – January 1, 2019                        Open Call for Applications.
January 7, 2019                                                             Call closes at noon on January 7, 2019
January 7 – 17, 2019                                                     Juried Competition
January 18, 2019                                                           Notification of successful applicant
January 21-28, 2019                                                     Artist and OSC Team meeting
April 26, 2019                                                                Consultation & Project Review with OSC team
June 7, 2019                                                                  Milestone – Progress Check
July 31, 2019                                                                 Completion Date
August 5, 2019                                                              Sculpture Delivered to OSC
August 5-15, 2019                                                        Sculpture Installation and Testing
August 19                                                                       Opening - The Mind

Application form

1. Title of proposed Kinetic Sculpture:

2. Description of proposed Kinetic Sculpture:

·       Summary (50 words or less)

·       Detailed Description (500 words or less), including:
o   How the sculpture relates to the topic of emotional baggage.
o   What are the kinetic elements?
o   What materials will be used to construct the piece?
o   What is the estimated installation time?
o   Estimated number of steps or pieces?

3. Conceptual sketches, Images, or Maquette of the proposed Kinetic Sculpture:
All images must be in JPG format and no smaller than 2550 x 3300 pixels. Additional links or PDFs will also be accepted. Please submit your entire application as one PDF to

4. Image List
Please accompany your submitted image files with a separate text file that lists and describes the images/sketches/renderings.
Please ensure the file names of your digital images correspond to the titles in your text file image list.

5.  Applicant Information:
·       First Name
·       Last Name
·       Email Address
·       City
·       Province / State
·       Phone number
·       Project Website Address (URL), if applicable

6. Artist CV. (NB. If you are an Ontario Science Centre staff or family member you will need to follow the Conflict of Interest process.)

7. Brief biography (100 words or less)

8. How did you learn about this Call for Applications?

Personal Information.  Personal information is collected by the Centennial Centre for Science and Technology under the authority of section 6 of the Centennial Centre of Science and Technology Act, R.S.O. 1990 c. C.5. for the administration of the juried competition to participate in the Artech Fair and the administration of the Artech Fair. Any questions about the collection of your personal information should be directed to the attention of the [insert title, telephone number, address ]