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Artist in Residence Programme

IRB Barcelona invites applications from artists wishing to participate in its 2021 Artist in Residence Programme. We are looking for a professional artist, with a genuine interest in science who wishes to further their art by working alongside our scientists to gain insight and perspective into cutting-edge research in the biomedical sciences. Applications from artists from any discipline are welcome.

To apply, please send your CV and a brief proposal outlining the project to be developed at IRB Barcelona. Proposals should be focused on a specific theme involving interactions with our researchers, which cover a wide range of disciplines within the life sciences. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2020. The interest and feasibility of the proposals received will be evaluated by a committee, and the successful candidate will be contacted at the end of January 2021.

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Artist in residence programme

Application deadline 31 December 2020

Please submit your application through the following form.

Address any enquiries to


About the Artist in Residence programme

Art and scientific research have several things in common. Artists and researchers investigate the nature of our presence in the world, push boundaries in knowledge and technology, and venture into the unexplored. The questions our researchers study naturally provide inspiration for artistic inquiry, which in turn can offer a fresh perspective of the scientific endeavour. Both disciplines require creativity, curiosity, and imagination, combined with scrutiny, technique and determination.

IRB Barcelona's Artist in Residency Programme aims to connect artists with an interest in interdisciplinary science with the wide range of research, scientists, data and infrastructure available at the Institute. It provides a unique opportunity for artists to immerse themselves in the IRB Barcelona community for a free exchange of ideas and to explore, learn, and form relationships with our scientists and stakeholders. The programme seeks to provide time and space for reflection and inspiration for artists and scientists alike.

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IRB Barcelona provides the artist with:

  • Direct access to its scientists to learn about their research and methodologies, and how their work relates to society.
  • Direct access to core facility staff for demonstrations and explanations of the technologies used to gather, interpret and visualize data.
  • Access to images created in the laboratory, when possible.
  • Facilitated contact with its network of collaborating institutes.
  • Access to all scientific lectures, conferences and workshops.
  • Visibility for the artist and his/her work through its communication channels (print and online publications, digital platforms and social media).

The Artist agrees to:

  • Participate and provide input into the organisation of seminars, round tables or workshops on topics such as the role of art in science, visualizing science, creativity, etc.
  • Participate in the Institute's fundraising initiatives and campaigns.
  • Participate in public engagement activities such as Open House day, science and art events, etc.
  • Promote the visibility of IRB Barcelona and the programme through professional networks, websites and social media channels.
  • Develop artwork based on the residency and promote it through art shows or exhibitions open to the public.

Conditions of the programme

  • The residency will last for a minimum period of two months and maximum of one year (to be defined at the beginning of the residency).
  • IRB Barcelona provides a fee of 1500€ (VAT excluded) for the artist.
  • IRB Barcelona and the artist agree to actively seek additional financial support through open calls for grants based on the specific project to be developed.
  • IRB Barcelona provides the artist with full member status for the duration of the residency.
  • IMPORTANT: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the conditions of the programme may be changed. Decisions in this regard will be made in accordance with local regulations in force at the time.
Anaisa Franco

Anaisa Franco

Anaisa Franco is a Brazilian artist, who has a large body of work focused on installations in public spaces. She holds a BA in Visual Arts from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado (FAAP) in São Paulo (Brazil), a Masters in Digital Art and Technology from the University of Plymouth (England) and a Masters in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in Barcelona.

Searching for the expansion of the senses, Anaisa Franco creates interfaces that artistically build an “affective” situation in which people can expand their senses through interaction with the sculptures, creating new forms, relationships and experiences between people, the subjects chosen and the technological material that we have available in the market.

In recent years, she has been developing interactive public art installations and new media artwork for museums, public spaces, galleries, media labs, residencies and commissions, including the Shanghai City Life Festival, Medialab Prado, Mecad, Hangar, the Taipei Artist Village, the China Academy of Public Art Research Center, Mediaestruch, VIVID Sydney, EXPERIMENTA Biennale Melbourne, and many others.

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