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QUO ARTIS AWARD for Production in Art, Science and Technology
Deadline: 6 September 2020 (11:59:59 CEST)


Quo Artis is an international non-profit organization that seeks to generate connections between art, science and technology, acting as a bridge between professionals in these fields. To mark its fifth anniversary, the foundation is announcing the first outing of its award to the research, development and production of an artistic project, or the part of an ongoing one, that has not been implemented before.

The award is aimed at international artists (collectives and/or collaborative groups), both established and emerging, working with any kind of materials and techniques, who produce ground-breaking and innovative artworks. Quo Artis encourages ambitious, well-presented applications.

The Quo Artis Award aims to engage with critical contemporary issues and topics; promote the experimentation and innovation of art practices; encourage new endeavours in the field of art and science and recognize artists who have demonstrated creativity and outstanding achievement.

In this first Open Call for proposals, applicants must address pressing current issues facing global society. Applicants must directly address one or more of these themes:
PostNatural Histories
Anthropocene, Capitalocene & Biocene
Art, systems and collective and emergent intelligence
Artificial intelligence, living systems, natural data, living machines and synthetic life

The Quo Artis Award —recognised and supported by FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) of Spain’s Ministry of Science and Innovation— is part of the foundation’s commitment to art and science and artists through exhibitions, expeditions and public programmes.

Key dates
Call: 1 July – 6 September 2020 (11:59:59pm CEST)
Deadline: 6 September 2020 (11:59:59pm CEST)
Announcement of the winning proposals: 12 November 2020

How to apply
Entries will be submitted exclusively by email to
Fill out the application form (here) and send a single PDF (maximum 5 MB).
Only one project, which must be new, will be accepted per person or group.
There is no limitation on the medium/technique, but both scientific and artistic ideas must be represented.
Given the international nature of the jury, English is the language to be used in the application.
No entry or administration fee is required to submit your proposal.

The winning artist will be selected by an international jury. 

First prize: 5,000€ (VAT included).
The amount must be spent exclusively on the production (total or partial) of the work. An artist fee of 1000€ is included in the budget.
The sum of 5,000€ will be paid in two phases, as follows: 1. Payment of 3,500€ within 30 days of the announcement of the winning project; 2. Payment of 1,500€ on presentation of a project progress report.
The report requirements will be provided upon winning the prize and payment will be specified once the report in question has been approved.
The project must be completed in a maximum period of 6 months, starting within 60 calendar days of the date of notification.
No additional benefits or extensions of the award may be requested.
The author or authors must mention Quo Artis every time the work is exhibited or publicized by any means or in any other field.

Second prize: 1,000€ (VAT included).
This Award does not require the material production of the piece; it is a monetary acknowledgment of the proposal.
The sum of 1,000€ will be paid within 30 days of the announcement of the winning project.
If the author/s materialize the work, they agree to mention QUO ARTIS every time the work is exhibited or publicized by any means or in any other field.

Reproduction rights
The artists must cede the image reproduction non-exclusive rights to Quo Artis Foundation to be used for the sole purpose of non-profit cultural diffusion.

Acceptance of the conditions of entry
All entrants, by virtue of their participation, fully accept these rules, as well as the resolution of any issue not covered by them that is adopted by the Foundation and/or Jury.