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Open Call for Art

Open Call for Science-based Climate Art Inspired by Deep Time

Due January 31, 2020

Broto, an annual art-climate-science-collaboration conference, is looking for eight art pieces for a non-commercial exhibit to go up in May 2020 and be highlighted during our May 16-17 conference in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The theme is “Climate and Deep Time”. Submissions should be science- or climate science-based.

For works chosen, we are asking only for one-time rights for reproduction onto large-scale banners. Finished works will stay with Broto’s library, with no expectation to sell the work. Full artist info will accompany the art chosen for the exhibit.

The exhibit comprises large banner reproductions (for example, right) of the selected digital image files. Broto will pay the cost of enlargements — a one-time printing.

  • Eligibility: Open to all applicants, including minors with parental consent.
  • Perks: All accepted artists will get free passes to the conference (a $300 value). All accepted works will be promoted via social media, will be included in conference documentation, and will be part of a group show and “opening.”
Background Brief: 

Broto: Art-Climate-Science ( is a gathering of artists, scientists, sustainability strategists, green tech entrepreneurs and others involved in the climate crisis. Our collaborators explore meaningful art-sci collaboration as a source of new ideas. It’s a brainy, high-concept conference — during which we examine ways that “art can inform science” among other substantive collaboration objectives.

Preference will be given to submissions with strong ties back to science. How does art depict the climate-impacted future of years 2420 or even 3020?

We define “Deep Time” as very long horizon time – like hundreds or thousands of years. Cape Cod, where we are, is commemorating 400 years of colonization in 2020 in honor of the Pilgrims’ landing in Provincetown in 1620.

Our Planned Schedule:
Phase 1 All Submissions:
Required Phase 1 Materials:
  • Artist Bio document
  • Artist Statement as it relates to the submitted work
  • Up to 5 digital images per artist. (JPG format at 1400 pixels on the longest side at 300 DPI)
  • Website and social media handles
  • CV/Resume

Key questions to address in your artist statement:

  • How is this art science-based?
  • How does it address Deep Time?
  • How does it address climate?
  • Anything else you’d like to add?
Phase 2: Jury Review
  • For chosen images, larger files for enlargement are due Feb. 15, 2020
  • Specifications: high-res JPG formats no smaller than 8000 pixels on the longest side at 300 DPI
  • Submitted by Drop Box, WeTransfer or CD-ROM
  • Reproduced in large-scale banners by Mar 15, 2020. Broto will pay the cost of enlargements. It’s a one-time printing.
Phase 3: Exhibition
  • Mounted May 2020, opening May 16 TBC
  • May 15-17, Broto Conference, Provincetown Commons, Provincetown MA
  • Media, social media outreach
  • Rights: Broto requires only one-time reproduction rights for large-scale banners. All other rights remain with the artist
  • Sales: There is no expectation of sales. If work does sell, 50% of proceeds go back to the artist. Pricing negotiated in Phase 2, if necessary
  • Jury: An independent environmental arts curator, director of the local art museum, an international artist-philosopher, an oceanographer, executive director SciArt Initiative, art director of Broto and executive director of Broto

Thank you. Questions? Good luck. We look forward to seeing your work.

Provincetown Commons venue with example of banners