Science Gallery Melbourne > Call for Projects for MENTAL (Australia)

Science Gallery Melbourne invites proposals from all disciplines to explore the full spectrum of mental health in the first exhibition for their new gallery.

Everyone with a brain is mental, reacting to the world in response to their own perception, biochemistry and emotional state. Almost half of us will directly experience challenges to our mental health when something is out of balance in our lives. Young people are an especially affected group with 75% of those affected first experiencing mental health stress between the ages of 15-24.  

MENTAL is a welcoming place to confront societal bias and stigma. It will immerse audiences in new research, art and ideas that provoke, respond and adapt throughout the show. Curated with young adults for young adults, it brings together art, science and technology grounded in research, evidence and enquiry. 

Potential directions and topics for projects include but are not limited to:

  • Connection: belonging, empathy, overload, genetics. 

  • Perception: agency, stress, thoughts, imagination, resilience, neuroscience

  • Technology: enhance, upgrade, download, data access

Proposals for inclusion in the MENTAL exhibition could come in the form of a new or existing artwork, performance, workshop, digital intervention, research project, or other activity. The organisers strongly recommend, however, that the target audience of young people aged 15-25 years is kept in mind and that interactive or participatory elements are considered for inclusion.

The organisers are open to all kinds of proposals, but as a guide the majority of projects are funded up to around $8,000 AUD which includes all artist fees, materials, equipment, shipping, travel etc.

However, they will also consider extraordinary proposals for larger installations with a budget of up to $50,000 AUD, with a focus on experimentation and interaction. These should have a genuine connection to the theme and target audience.

MENTAL will open late 2020 / early 2021 at the Science Gallery Melbourne.

Deadline: 21 November 2019

Find all details online.