The Festival of Curiosity

Prototype 2020

Open Call

Prototype 2020: Open Call

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Would you like to be part of the next generation of artists, designers, engineers and scientists creating, making and exploring the playground of the future? 

We’re delighted to announce PROTOTYPE, a new open call to support artists, designers and creatives who are curious to explore, learn, work with and/or respond to science and technology within their creative practice.  The deadline for applications is 5pm May 29th 2020 please see details and how to apply below.

Prototype 2020: Open Call

We are seeking artists, designers and creatives who would like to join a community of  scientists, engineers, creatives, and producers who are interested in designing, creating and exploring the playground of the future and engaging audiences in new ways.

The essence of the Prototype Open Call is to support participants to develop an idea, explore, experiment and prototype that idea in some format with a real audience. The format is flexible.

Participants of the programme will receive a prototyping grant of €2,000 (which includes all fees and prototype materials) to experiment, explore and prototype a project/idea that will be presented at The Festival of Curiosity 2020 in July.

As part of the programme participants will receive support from a vibrant community of local and international creatives, scientists, engineers, futurists, technologists, festival makers and producers.

Tailored to each participant’s specific needs, this step-by-step accelerator programme will be designed to support individuals to explore their creative practice in a new way and be supported to bring a new project idea to life by having the opportunity to prototype it in a supported environment. This could be something brand new or it could be previous work or project re-imagined in a new way. The format, the practice and the intended audience is flexible.

What we are looking for

We are welcoming individuals with an established creative practice but who are interested in exploring science, technology and engineering themes or ideas within their work.

For the application we don’t expect you to have a fully formed project that you would like to work on but we would expect applicants to have a clear concept, idea, format or theme that they would like to explore.

Based on your application we will tailor your support in the programme, and find how to best help support you to develop your idea and bring a prototype of that idea to life.


At the festival this year we are also embarking on our own experiment in creating a new digital format and presentation for the festival this summer. We are in unprecedented times but we are leaning in to the challenge of experimenting, exploring and thinking of new creative ways that we can reach, engage and create curious experiences for people at home or virtually. We understand that some formats don’t initially appear to lend themselves well to a digital format and may even feel impossible. Please don’t let that deter you from submitting an application and starting the conversation.


May 19th, 2020
Call Opens

May 29th, 2020
Call Closes at 5pm on May 29th, 2020

Early June, 2020
Successful applicants notified

June – July, 2020
The Prototype Programme will take place over a period of 5 weeks. There will be a series of virtual meetings with mentors during this time that will be scheduled to accommodate participants.

July 16th – July 19th, 2020
Prototypes of projects presented as part of The Festival of Curiosity 2020

Autumn 2020
The Prototype Open Call is part of our wider Curiosity Accelerator Programme where we are interested in investigating, supporting and creating new ways to prototype, produce, grow and scale playful, curious and impact driven public engagement projects that merge science, arts, design and technology.

Upon completion of PROTOTYPE 2020 participants may have the opportunity to progress to a subsequent funding round in order to progress the project, access to a network of national and international festivals along with support for seeking and planning touring & presentation opportunities.


  • We are currently accepting applications from people who reside on the Island of Ireland.
  • We are seeking artists, designers and creatives who have an established creative practice but would like to explore (possibly for the first time) science & technology within their work in some way.
  • Applicants will be asked to include two examples of previous public presentations of the their work within the application.
  • Small teams or groups are welcome to apply within the above budget but please indicate who the lead applicant is on the application form.

Have a question?

Please email if you have any questions or queries on the call. We’ll be happy to help.

How to Apply:

Please click below for the online application form. We will be accepting applications until 5pm on May 29th, 2020 and will not be accepting further applications after this deadline.

The Curiosity Accelerator: 

The Prototype 2020 Open Call is part of our wider Curiosity Accelerator programme at The Festival of Curiosity.

Developed by The Festival of Curiosity, the Curiosity Accelerator is a year-round programme supported by Science Foundation Ireland for creating, prototyping, producing and scaling creative ideas into impact driven public engagement projects that merge science, arts, design and technology.

A space where artists, designers, scientists, cultural institutions, research institutes, educators, venues, festivals and policy makers can come together to create, share, prototype and scale work that is playful, powerful and impact driven.

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