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21/05/15: Artists sought to generate powerful piece of artwork

Emerging artists from across Greater Manchester are being called upon to bid for the chance to create a special electricity-themed art piece to be launched at this year’s Manchester Science Festival. Volunteers from Electricity North West at last year's Manchester Science Festival

Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, is partnering with Manchester Science Festival and the University of Salford to provide a brand new £5,000 commission which will combine art and science and aim to spark debate around the role electricity plays in daily lives.

Up and coming artists working across all genres, from digital to mixed media to craft and performance are encouraged to get involved. Themes and ideas can include the future of electricity, smart grid design and renewable energy.

Jonathan Collins, corporate social responsibility manager for Electricity North West, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this amazing art commission and partner with the University of Salford and Manchester Science Festival.

“It’s easy to take electricity for granted but as the North West’s network operator we work hard to keep the lights on across the region, so it’s going to be exciting to see what local artists create around the role electricity plays in our daily lives.” Electricity North West will be sponsoring the Manchester Science Festival for the third time this year

All interested parties have until 8 June to submit written proposals between 250-500 words alongside initial drawings and images, and key information regarding what resources, budget and timescale would be required to realise the art work.

Dr. Marieke Navin, Manchester Science Festival director, said: “The Manchester Science Festival is one of the largest science festivals in the UK and the North’s premier cultural celebration of all things related to science and innovation.

“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Electricity North West and the University of Salford, to offer an emerging artist such a fantastic international platform on which to display their new creation – highlighting how closely linked science and art really are.”

Professor Andy Miah, from the University of Salford added: “We live in incredibly exciting times where artists, scientists, technologists and industry are working together to make new discoveries and realise exciting new work. We look forward to working towards realising this fantastic new commission.”

Electricity North West is sponsoring the Manchester Science Festival for the third time, which runs between 22 October and 1 November.

Full details of the commission, its terms and the awards process are available at

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