Launch of an international prize in Venice for artist residencies on the theme of environmental sciences

Earth, Water, Sky: a new prize from Science Gallery Venice to reward artistic creativity around the major environmental issues of the 21st century

Duration3 years (2018-2020)
LocationsItaly / International
  • Science Gallery Venice
  • University Ca’ Foscari
Project funding

Science Gallery Venice is part of an international network (Dublin, Melbourne, London and Bangalore) with a mandate to target an audience of young people between the ages of 14 and 25 on the themes of environment, culture and the human condition in the 21st century.

The first art residency will establish a dialogue with scientists from Ca’ Foscari University who are involved in the Ice Memory project, which the Primat Foundation also supports.

Response Strategy

The Didier and Martine Primat Foundation has decided to support a new series of art residencies and productions in the field of Art and Environmental Sciences, in conjunction with the Science Gallery Venice and the Ca’ Foscari University, under the direction of internationally-renowned curator Ariane Koek.

The title of this new prize is ‘Earth, Water, Sky’. Awarded by Science Gallery Venice, the aim is to reward artistic creativity around the major environmental issues of the 21st century.


In the first year, the winning artist will enter into dialogue with Professor Carlo Barbante of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and his team on the Ice Memory project, with a view to creating an emblematic work representing their exchanges. The mission of Ice Memory, which is also supported by the Didier and Martine Primat Foundation, is to collect ice cores from glaciers most at risk from climate and store them in Antarctica  in order to preserve invaluable scientific data contained in them for the science of the future. The selected art project must resonate with the Science Gallery’s core mission:  Connect, Participate, Surprise.

Expected results
  • First call for applications – October 2018
  • Nomination of the first winner – February 2019
  • Tenure of the first residency – 2019
  • Exhibition of the first commissioned work – autumn 2020
  • Second and third calls for applications – October 2019 and October 2020

Founded on August 6, 1868 as the “Scuola Superiore di Commercio” (Advanced School for Commerce), Ca' Foscari was the first Italian institution to deal with advanced education in Business and Economics. The original main office is still found in the grand gothic palace “volta de canal” (on the bend of the Grand Canal), in the heart of Venice.


Science Gallery is an award-winning international initiative pioneered by Trinity College Dublin that delivers a dynamic new model for engaging 15–25 year olds with science. Through a cutting-edge programme of exhibitions and experiences that ignite creativity and discovery where science and art collide, Science Gallery encourages young people to learn through their interests. The Global Science Gallery Network was launched in 2012 with the support of founding partner, and the aim of establishing Science Gallery locations in eight cities around the world by 2020. The network is supported by Science Gallery International.