What is the DARE Art Prize?

The annual competition, which has a £15,000 prize, is aimed at getting artists and scientists to work together creatively.

“As a uniquely collaborative art form, Opera is a natural home for new creative partnerships and shared knowledge.  The challenges facing individuals and society in the 21st century can appear complex and chaotic, and understanding ourselves and the world we live in calls for us to look outside our normal comfort zones. The DARE Prize aims to generate new work and new working methods that can bring the arts and sciences closer together.” Dominic Gray, Projects Director, Opera North.

Anna Ridler is the 2018/19 DARE Art Prize winner

Anna is an artist who explores the meeting of human perception and Artificial Intelligence. Working with scientists at the University, she is exploring the functions of memory and the roles of the left and right sides of the brain, and how their operation might be embodied in a work of art.  See here for further information.

“The thinking and experiences of artists and scientists are often thought to be mutually exclusive, however the collaborative proposals submitted for the DARE prize not only show that this is not the case, but reveal the beauty and excitement of a symbiotic creative relationship between the two fields. I was surprised and delighted by the ingenuity and imagination that was shown by all of the applicants. Shortlisting was an educational and thoroughly enjoyable experience.” Professor John Ladbury, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds.

Sound artist Samuel Hertz was the recipient of the first annual DARE Art Prize in 2017.

Samuel, a composer who is based in Berlin and San Fransisco,  spent a year working with researchers from the University of Leeds, staff at Opera North and artists from across Europe to create a piece of electro-acoustic chamber music to be revealed in Leeds in February 2019.  The piece will be “felt rather than heard” and will examine how that will affect an audience’s mood and feelings.

“My collaborative research and development with staff at the University of Leeds, Opera North, and other organisations such as The Tetley in Leeds and National Science and Media Museum in Bradford was continuously rewarding and surprising. I consistently engaged in dialogues with creative researchers, artists, and engineers, and this project has proven to be incredibly fruitful in my imaginings of spaces of low-frequency sound and planetary sensuality.”  Samuel Hertz.

Read Sam’s blogs here.

Read about the Tetley residency and performances of new work here.

February 2018 press release here.

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