Imagining Regenerative Futures: How will we live together well? SHiFT Art-Science Lab for young creatives and early career researchers 14-15 June, Venice, Italy

SHiFT Art-Science Lab for young creatives and early career researchers

14-15 June, Venice, Italy

→ travel grants available

→ field trip to 60th International ART BIENNALE


Let’s use creative approaches to (re)imagine together! Let’s build a liveable future for all –  one photo at a time!

With this Art-Science Lab, we are seeking creative responses to difficult questions and challenges, including: How will we live together well? What futures do we desire? How do we move further together? How will we cope with species extinction, natural degradation, and the loss of places? How can we relate beauty, engagement, and sustainability? How can we strengthen a sense of community and connection to all and a feeling of oneness when we address global challenges? What stories can we tell to nurture beautiful, inclusive, sustainable places in harmony with people, nature, and our planet?


Show us the future through a new lens!

Submit a photo and narrative by March 31  2024 and receive a travel grant to participate in the Art & Science Lab in Venice and visit the 60th International ART BIENNALE 2024.

We invite young creatives from 18 to 29 years old to share their imagination and interpretation of how we will live together well. Submit your photo and narrative illustrating creative responses to how we can (re)create our futures together using the submission link.

Photography has the potential to tell stories and transmit knowledge. Photography can spark creative imagination and active experimentation with diverse challenges, spaces, cultures and communities. It can inspire us to rethink and reimagine.

This activity of the Cost Action Shift is inspired by the creative and interdisciplinary initiative of the New European Bauhaus, which connects the European Green Deal to our living spaces and experiences and calls us to imagine and build together a sustainable and inclusive future that is beautiful for our eyes, minds, and souls.


How to take part:

Submit a photo that illustrates your imagination by 31 March 2024, to receive a travel grant for participation in a 2-day art-and-science lab in Venice.

The image should be accompanied by an image title and a short narrative in English (max 300 words) that reflects the inspiration and personal interpretation of the photo in the context of the competition thematic framework.

The image should be taken by you and can be located anywhere in the world and be at any scale, capturing the essence of the place or the experience of those that inhabit it. Every participant can submit up to two photos. Each photo should be submitted as a separate submission.

The photo can be of any photographic style and format. The image should be created with a device capable of taking still images, including smartphones and digital still cameras (including medium and large-format digital cameras). Both color and monochrome images will be accepted. Images that have been retouched using camera apps, photo editing apps, other software, etc., are also eligible.

Participation in the competition is free. Everyone with a passion for photography is invited to apply.

Travel grants are available for 8 participants. The grants cover travel costs up to 300 EUR and a daily allowance of 200 EUR/day. Local participants based in Italy, less than 100km from the event place, are not entitled to travel expenses and daily allowances. Travel grants are only available to residents in Cost members and neighbouring countries.

For more detailed information, see Competition Call Rules and Regulations.

Local organizer: CMCC@Ca’Foscari Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change and Ca’Foscari University of Venice

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