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The topics for the 2017 Grants are:

Greenhouse gases




The S+ART Grants

S+ART seeks outline proposals from collaborators working in any scientific and/or technology-related discipline together with any artistic genre to produce an outcome for public performance, exhibition or interaction.

The 2017 S+ART Grants are to be considered commissions for exhibitions that form the basis of the 2018 S+ART Something annual festival. The festival is held in May 2018 at Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History. Exhibitions may also be installed at other festivals and/or museum/community sites, so long as S+ART is credited with the funding/sponsorship of the installation.


In 2017, S+ART is offering four opportunities for collaboration :

  1. Two grants of $700, and
  2. Two grants of $500.

One $700 grant and one $500 grant will be offered to collaborators under the age of 18; one $700 grant and one $500 grant will be offered to collaborators aged 18 and over. In the event of a collaboration of one or more individuals under 18 and one or more over 18, the collaborators must identify who is the primary collaborator. The category will be based on this person’s age.

All Grants provide a cash award to support the creative endeavour.


S+ART reserves the right:

  • to not award one or both Grants if, in the opinion of the S+ART Trust Board, appropriate applications are not received,
  • to award an amount less than the budgeted costs of carrying out the creative endeavour (in which case other sources of funding will need to be identified by successful applicants),
  • to make any Grant subject to such further terms and conditions as the S+ART Trust Board considers appropriate in the circumstances.


  • Projects must be a collaboration of art with science and/or technology. Projects must not simply be an artist’s view of science and/or technology, or a scientist or technician expressing themselves artistically. Projects must be an active collaboration between the respective disciplines. “Science creating art” or “art that results from science (or technology)” are quick and dirty descriptions of what we’re looking for.
  • Projects should be innovative in investigating fresh ways of thinking and encouraging interaction and dialogue.
  • Final project instalments or peformances must be accessible to wide audiences and should seek to engage the public in discussion and debate.
  • Preference will be given to projects that are the work of two or more collaborators, with at least one from the arts and one from science or technology. The work can be a collaborative partnership or the scientist/technologist can take an advisory role in an artistic project, or vice versa.
  • Collaborators can be at any stage of their education or career, and of any age.
  • Projects must result in an installation or performance suitable for display in public venues.
  • Preference for the 2017 grants will be given to projects that take on the topics of greenhouse gases or energy.


Applicants who receive a Grant from S+ART must:

  • Complete the funded project within a year of the Grant being awarded.
  • Submit quarterly progress reports to S+ART.
  • Acknowledge the assistance of S+ART in any publicity, presentations, performances or interviews about the funded project.
  • Exhibit or demonstrate project outcome at S+ART SOMETHING 2018, S+ART’s annual festival. The festival will likely be held in May 2018. Please note: school groups whose term ends in December 2017 can produce a presentation to show at the festival that is based on installations or performances completed in 2017.

How to apply

The application period for the 2017 grants is from 1 July 2017 – 4 August 2017.

If you have further questions, please email Victoria Powell, S+ART Chair on

Please refer to for regular updates and information.

How do I apply?

Please submit your application by email to S+ART on

Application deadline is Friday 4 August 2017.

What do I need to apply?

  • A work plan
  • A brief description of the project and how it would stimulate debate and discussion
  • A brief description of how the project would suit a public installment or performance
  • A biography and CV of the applicant(s) or group, including a letter of recommendation from a suitable referee.
  • A budget of projected costs. Successful applicants will submit an invoice for actual costs.
  • Statement of any assistance needed in addition to the S+ART grant and, where known, information as to how that assistance will be sought/obtained.

How many projects can I submit?

There is no limit to the number of project outlines you can submit.

Who should I have write a letter of recommendation?

Ideally, your letter will be written by a respected individual who knows your work and your ability to complete an assignment on time and to budget. Ideally, this person will also understand the concept of S+ART.

How will I be notified about acceptance? Will I be notified if my application is not successful?

You will be notified by email. You will be notified if your project is successful or not.

Do you have any examples of the kind of work S+ART is looking for?

You can check out our Facebook page, our website or our Pinterest page: for examples.

We really love the bioart of Anna Dumitriu, the mycelium work of Phil Ross, the BioLace of Helene Vogelaar, the tissue culture of Ionat Zurr and the Bioglyphs from Montana State University.

There are many examples of sci-art, bio-art and nano-art on the Internet. We recommend you look explore:

For specific examples of sci-art involving food, check out:

There are also great books available including Art + Science by Stephen Wilson and The Lab by David Edwards


About S+ART

S+ART – the Science, Technology and Art Trust of New Zealand – is a registered charitable trusta and was founded in 2012. Itis based in Palmerston North New Zealand. S+ART provides opportunities to combine science, technology and art to develop local, national and international connections and to build economic and social wealth and diversity through creative endeavour.

Through its programmes and activities, S+ART:


  • provides opportunities for artists – emerging and established, young and old – to explore different avenues by drawing on scientific and technological disciplines;
  • enables scientists and technicians to work collaboratively with the artistic community to unleash creative thinking in innovative ways; and
  • provides additional learning and creative opportunities for young people and the wider community.

In New Zealand and around the world, these collaborations give practitioners across disciplines opportunities to work together, think imaginatively and problem solve in creative ways. They also provide opportunities for youth to learn in innovative ways; for the public to debate issues of local, national and international importance; and for the nurturing of a rich and diverse community. These alliances help to build dynamic communities where talent wants to live.


Download a PDF of the 2017_S+ART Grant information and application