Festival of the Mind 2020: Call for public engagement projects

Festival of the Mind 2020

Festival of the Mind is a biennial celebration of our world-class research, showcasing collaborative projects produced by academics from the University and artistic talent from Sheffield's creative industries. Over 11 days our most exciting and cutting-edge research is shared with the public through innovative, imaginative and impactful events, performances, installations and exhibitions in venues across the city, including the wonderful Spiegeltent. The fourth Festival of the Mind, held in 2018, attracted over 53,000 visitors.

Applications are now open for projects to feature in the next Festival in September 2020. Funding of up to £5,000 is available.

For application guidance and to apply, please visit the Ideas Bazaar website.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 13 January 2020.

Projects must involve collaboration between at least one academic from the University of Sheffield and at least one external partner, and must have a basis in the research of the academic(s) involved. Projects also need to include delivery of an event, activity or exhibition during the festival (17–27 September 2020), and should ideally relate to one or more of the following festival themes:

  • Sustainability
  • Hope
  • Health
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Extinction
  • Climate Change

Previous Festival of the Mind projects include:

  • Sounds of the Cosmos – a unique collaboration that delivered breath-taking performances of Gustav Holst's The Planets combined with stunning visuals of real-life space imagery and short talks about the cosmos.
  • Experience Castlegate – a collaboration between the Departments of Archaeology, Architecture and Computer Science, and creative partners Human, to develop a full 3D digital model of Sheffield Castle. The exhibit allowed visitors to experience Sheffield Castle through an augmented reality model, learn about recent archaeological research and see architectural visions of the site's future.
  • Space for Sharing – a sensitive and moving theatrical production based on the real experiences of women living with breast cancer who use the web to share information and personal experiences about their illness.

Further examples of past Festival of the Mind projects can be found on the festival website.

If you need help finding a creative partner or would like to discuss your application, please contact a member of the team: engage@sheffield.ac.uk