Call for Artworks

Science, not Fiction at Glastonbury Festival 2020.

We are seeking submissions for an open-air art exhibition in the new Science Futures area of the Green Futures Field at Glastonbury Festival 2020

Background and purpose

Our times are characterised by concerns about the consequences of human activity for the future of our planet. Growing public awareness of our environmental footprint has given rise to widespread activism, scaremongering, and political spin. The science behind the headlines is often disregarded or misrepresented in favour of superficial soundbites, ‘likes’, and viewing figures. ‘Science Futures’ provides a counter-balance to activism, politics and news media. Science Futures is dedicated to the crucial role of science in identifying environmental issues and the scientists working to find solutionsThe stalls, demonstrations and performances in the area provide a relaxed an engaging atmosphere in which visitors can find out about the scientific evidence behind the headlines and discover how different areas of research are coming together to secure a brighter future for all life on Earth.

In keeping with the festival’s strong tradition of contemporary arts and visual impact, the exhibition Science, not Fictionmakes an essential contribution to the launch of Science Futures by infusing the area with an enticing visual aspect and demonstrating the effectiveness of communicating science in non-verbal forms. The exhibition will be widely promoted during the launch of the area and is expected to receive thousands of visitors over the festival weekend.

We invite submissions on the broad themes of Science, not fiction’ or Science for a brighter future’ to be displayed alongside a short accompanying text during the 50th Anniversary of Glastonbury Festival from 24-28th June 2020. 

Themes and format:

For an accessible and weather-proof outdoor exhibition, we seek electronic submissions of A0 artworks, which will be printed by us on vinyl banner material. 
Artworks should be themed around one of the following categories representing broad scientific disciplines:

  1. Maths and Computing
  2. Physics
  3. Chemistry
  4. Engineering
  5. Biological and life sciences
  6. Earth and planetary sciences
  7. General science / interdisciplinary research

Two entries from each category will be chosen for display at the festival.
In addition, an A4 pdf catalogue of the winning artworks and runners-up will be made public.


Each submission should comprise 1 pdf file of the artwork, and 1 editable text file with accompanying information. 

  • Artwork should be submitted as a pdf file (841mm x 1189mm, CMYK colour) with a resolution of 300 dpi. The image will not print right up to the edge, so please leave 3-mm blank (bleed) on each edge.
  • Accompanying information should be submitted as an editable text file (e.g. MS Office Word, Apple Pages or rich text format) and include: 
    i) the submission category;
    ii) the title of the artwork; 
    iii) your name and website/affiliation that you wish to have displayed with your artwork;
    iv) a short accompanying text (50-150 words)

Please submit your artwork and accompanying  information by Friday May 15th 2020 to with “Artwork submission 2020” in the subject line.

For large files, please use a file transfer service such as

For more information, please contact: Emma at

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