Fusion Expo Artist Commissions (Deadline Extended)

Dates or Deadline: 
22 November 2019
Organized by: 
Finetuned Limited
United Kingdom

The Fusion Expo Commission is open for applications, with three awards of up to €4,000 each available for the commission fee and production.


Much contemporary art on the subject of Nuclear Energy focuses on issues relating to Nuclear Fission; post-Fukushima in particular. This work complements and continues practices from the Cold War and Chernobyl disaster eras. The Anthropocene has provided a new scale to these practices; to long-lived nuclear waste and decay rates in the context of deep time, to resourcing and supply chains in the context of extractive economies, and so on.

Apart from a scattering of photographic projects and one short-lived exhibition, Fusion has largely been overlooked in the arts. With the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) scheduled for first plasma in 2025, fusion energy research is entering a crucial phase, It is time to expand the scope of practices in Nuclear Aesthetics and related fields of enquiry to include fusion.

The Commissions

Finetuned is offering 3 commissions for EU resident artists, each of up €4,000, to create work for EUROfusion's Fusion Expo, a touring exhibition representing the major outreach activity of the European fusion research consortium*. The exhibition will tour prominent museums among the member countries over the next five to ten years.

We seek to commission new works that directly engage with Nuclear Fusion in the context of future energy. These will be exhibited with a number of pre-existing works and one pre-selected commission. Submitted proposals will be selected by a panel comprised of curators, artists and EUROfusion stakeholders.

To ensure gender balance across commissions, we particularly invite applications from women artists.

Application Details

Application Fee: €30 for applicants in full-time employment.€0 for others.
Experience required: emerging to experienced.
Students eligible: depends on experience.
Location: EU
Who: EU resident artists working with related sciences, future energies and imaginaries
When: Activity taking place between 14 December 2019 – 30 June 2020.
Payments: Commission of up €4,000 (25% commission and 75% production).
Deadline: 23.00 CET Friday 22 November 2019

How To Apply
See the Commission Brief PDF for full details.

Commission Brief: https://www.finetuned.org/eurofusion-expo-commissions.html
Employer: Finetuned Limited
Contact: expo_commissions@finetuned.org
Deadline: 23.00 CET, 22.11.2019**

*EUROfusion supports and funds fusion research activities on behalf of the European Commission’s Euratom programme. It is funded through Horizon 2020 and the member organisations. More information is available at https://www.eurofusion.org

**The timescales for the exhibition production period and launch have altered allowing more time for the open call.

Topic Area: artist commissions, plasma physics, nuclear aesthetics, future energy, ecological futures