Science Gallery Network


Science Gallery is an award-winning international initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin that delivers a dynamic new model for engaging young people with science. Through a cutting-edge programme of exhibitions and experiences that ignite creativity and discovery where science and art collide, Science Gallery encourages participants to learn through their interests. The Science Gallery Network was launched in 2012 with the aim of establishing Science Gallery locations in eight cities around the world, a goal that was met in 2020. The network is supported by Science Gallery International.


Open Calls


Each Open Call runs for 3 - 8 weeks. Ready your submission at least a few days before the deadline to ensure you have no technical difficulties and can have any queries answered in advance. The submission form closes automatically on the last day, and late submissions will not be accepted.

Most Open Calls are run by individual locations in the Network (Atlanta, Bengaluru, Detroit, Dublin, London, Melbourne, Rotterdam, Venice). Be sure to reach out directly to the correct location that has launched the call for any queries about their process. If the call is run by multiple locations simultaneously, a specific contact will be provided on the call page. Contact information for questions can always be found on an individual Open Call's page. Review process dates are clearly published, and results are communicated shortly thereafter.

Technical difficulties with the application forms should be addressed to Submittable directly.



Are you a conversationalist interested in the intersection of science, art, and research? Are you excited by the opportunity to interact with artists, scholars and experts from all over the world? Curious to know what goes on behind the scenes at a Science Gallery Bengaluru exhibition?

Join our mediator team at CARBON!

Apply by: 13 February 2023

Programme Start Date: Friday, 02 June 2023

If you have more questions about the programme, join us for an Information Session on February 03 at 4 PM by registering here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsf-mvqjosEtwPTij9tP7wvsgxztyKRgUH

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Who are mediators?

Mediators are the public face of Science Gallery Bengaluru exhibitions, and converse with visitors about the various concepts explored in our themed exhibition-seasons. They are often the first and only point of contact for visitors, and drive the experience of the exhibition by sharing insights, provoking questions and triggering debates. They also get behind the scene access to the various forces that shape an exhibition-season at Science Gallery Bengaluru!

Mediators do not teach or explain content but encourage curious engagement with it. Mediators also have a more general role in ensuring a warm, safe welcome and providing an outstanding experience for all our visitors.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Part-time Mediator Programme, you should be:

  • Between 18 – 28 years of age at the time of applying.
  • Based in Bengaluru and able to come to the Gallery located in Sanjaynagar.
  • From any discipline or background. You could be studying, working, or pursuing something else.
  • Familiar with or have an interest in themes around carbon and climate change.
  • Available to mediate on all weekends for the time period specified below:

Option 1: Part-time over all weekends for 12 months from June 2023 to May 2024.

OR

Option 2: Part-time over all weekends for 6 months from June 2023 to November 2023.

You may indicate your preferred time commitment in the application form.

  • Ability to speak Kannada and other Indian languages is highly desirable.

Programme Structure

This programme is divided into two parts:

1. TRAINING

  • Introduction to Science Gallery Bengaluru and the exhibition-season CARBON.
  • CARBON 101 sessions that will cover fundamental concepts around the exhibition theme.
  • Training sessions with exhibiting artists and scholars, who will share in-depth details about the exhibit and the process to create it.

2. RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend all training sessions and actively participate in mediator practice sessions.
  • Complete the CARBON Mediator Handbook to further your understanding of the exhibits.
  • Mediate for the exhibition-season CARBON every weekend, from 11:30 am to 7:30 pm.
  • Provide critical reflections on the exhibition and programmes—both from your own experience and from visitor feedback.

Application Timeline

The last day to apply is February 12, 2023. 

You will receive an update on your application status by mid-February. Interviews will be held towards the end of February, and a final list of mediators will be shared by the end of March.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, or if any part of this application procedure is inaccessible to you, please write to us at mediators@bengaluru.sciencegallery.com, and we will assist you accordingly.

About Science Gallery Bengaluru

Science Gallery Bengaluru (SGB) is a not-for-profit public institution for research-based engagement targeted at young adults. We work at the interface between the natural, social and human sciences, engineering and the arts through a Public Lab Complex, ever-changing exhibitions, and mentorship programmes.

SGB is part of an international network of galleries, with sister galleries in Atlanta, Berlin, Dublin, London, Melbourne, Monterrey, and Rotterda

Open call closes:

Atlanta time: Sunday Feb 5th 5pm

London time: Sunday Feb 5th 10pm

Bengaluru time: Monday 6th 3.30am

Melbourne time: Monday 6th 9am


Key words: synthetic biology, de-extinction, eco-detachment, new life forms, genetic engineering, connecting to country, ecosystems, hybrids, otherness, biodiversity, bionic life, romanticism, evolution, engineering, design


Science Gallery Melbourne is inviting proposals for projects to be included in our 2024 show ‘Not Natural’. Through installations, performances, events and workshops, this exhibition will explore the friction between cultural perceptions of nature and the implications of creating synthetic forms of life. Advances in synthetic biology have opened a plethora of possibility and a pandoras box of ethical dilemmas. We’ve stepped into a new era, where the tools of genetic engineering and biotechnology allow us to gene-edit, splice and de-extinct almost anything biological. We get to design new life-forms and modify existing ones. But are we redesigning evolution or is evolution re-designing us? And just because we can, should we? In this exhibition we want to consider various viewpoints about what’s considered natural and not natural, to gain a greater understanding of how we have arrived at this ecological point in history and where we might be heading into the future.


Potential sub-themes:

  • Synthetic biology, redesigning of nature, and new technologies
  • Symbiosis between humans and their environment
  • How we categorise the world and the biases expressed in this
  • First Nations’ perspectives on connecting and caring for country
  • De-extinction research and creating new species
  • Hybridity, chimeras, mythos, and science fiction
  • Human evolution and genetic engineering
  • Romanticism vs. classicism
  • Ethics or moral philosophies and different cultural perspectives


Some considerations:

This open call invites you to propose installations and research projects that can operate in a shared-space group exhibition context in a non-traditional gallery environment, where the light and sound conditions are necessarily not constant. Projects selected via our open call are generally funded for up to $8000 AUD (Australian dollars), which includes all fees, materials, freight, and other project costs. Unfortunately, at this stage, we are not able to include travel costs in this budget. These projects will be open to the public for approximately four months attended by upwards of 30,000+ people, with a focus on 15–28-year olds. We value projects that are simple in their invitation, opening the door for complex debate and ongoing enquiry. We love projects that are iterative, interactive, contribute to genuine research and that are interdisciplinary. We love humour, provocation, speculation, and irreverent ideas that entertain people first and then educate them. The project you propose can be a new idea, in-development or evolved for another presentation or existing works that are ready to go.

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