Public Art Commission

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Huxley Building, University of Brighton

Public Art Commission – Permanent Public Artwork, budget £30,000.


We are delighted to announce that the Brighton Digital Festival is partnering with The University of Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council to commission a new piece of public art for the Huxley Building on the University’s Moulsecoomb campus.


Download the brief for full details.


The Huxley Building houses the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, teaching pharmacy, chemistry, biology, biomedical science and ecology.


The common aim for those that use Huxley is, among many things, to discover the causes and mechanisms of disease, new ways to treat these diseases, better (and more individualised) ways to deliver these treatments, how people age, novel methods to remediate environmental damage, the effects of trace pollutants on aquatic life and to understand the lifestyle of mammals in an urban setting.


This co-commission seeks proposals for a new piece of public art that will be situated within the foyer of the Huxley building, or in the immediate vicinity of the building, and engage both the users of the Huxley building and a wider community and public.


Proposals that include a digital element or where digital practice is a key component of the work’s development are welcomed. Proposals that explore how the arts, sciences and technology can combine to engage with complex contemporary challenges are also encouraged.


The successful applicant will be selected in a two-stage open competition. From the received Stage 1 applications, a shortlist of artists will be selected to move onto Stage 2 by a selection panel. Stage 2 submissions will be exhibited at the University of Brighton  as part of the selection process so your proposal must take the form of an exhibition piece or be possible to be adapted for exhibition. The exhibition of shortlisted proposals will be part of the British Science Festival and the Brighton Digital Festival scheduled for September/October 2017 and will be exhibited alongside other works.


Download the full brief for all the necessary information.

Deadline: 12 noon Monday 29th May 2017


Applicants can make enquiries regarding the commission to:

Laurence Hill

Alan Boldon


Please email submissions to – with ‘Huxley commission proposal’ in the subject line.