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Dare Art Prize 2020-21

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The £15,000 Prize will be awarded to an innovative, ambitious artist in any discipline, who is excited by the opportunity to work with Opera North and leading scientific researchers at the University of Leeds (UK).

Science and the arts are often seen as mutually exclusive. The Dare Art Prize is intended to encourage a shared vision, to bridge the gap between the two, and to produce something new. The Prize comprises:

• A bursary of £10,000 paid quarterly over twelve months.
• A budget of up to £5,000 for resources to create and present new work.
• The opportunity to engage with scientific researchers and artists who share a vision and who can bring expertise and networks to support the creation of something new.
• The opportunity to hold a residency at The Tetley, Leeds in September 2020, and to show and discuss works in progress with the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford.
• Access to musicians, studio space and resources from Opera North may also be available.


There are no restrictions on the form of the outcome: it could be in any art form or channel - a performance, a poem, an interactive website or a song cycle for example - but the project must be achievable within twelve months ending in May 2021. 

The winners of the two previous DARE Art Prizes each spent a year working on strikingly different, but equally inventive projects, both of which established shared vision between artists and scientists, and bridged the gap between two fields that are often seen as mutually exclusive. 

Inaugural prize winner, composer Samuel Hertz, worked with low-frequency infrasound, delving into climatology, the environment and the paranormal, with outcomes including a musical transcription of a glacier melting and a piece of music featuring sounds inaudible to the human ear.


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