The Global Science Gallery Network is a highly collaborative peer group of Science Gallery nodes located in leading cultural and technological hubs worldwide.
In 2012, Science Gallery International was established with the founding goal of establishing a Global Science Gallery Network with eight nodes by 2020, based on the success of Science Gallery Dublin at Trinity College Dublin. As a powerful force at the forefront of the STEM to STEAM movement, the Network is connected by a shared mission to ignite curiosity and discovery where art and science collide – leading to the emergence of a global, interdisciplinary network unlike any seen before.
Now midway to 2020, SGI is more than halfway towards achieving its original goal of eight nodes, with five galleries active at varying stages of development.
Science Gallery International has toured exhibitions developed by Science Gallery Dublin to fourteen locations worldwide, reaching more than 550,000 visitors and enabling other cultural institutions to achieve record attendance numbers. The network effect is visible and strong: the staff at the various nodes provide training to each other; the Directors regularly meet to develop joint projects and co-productions; the open calls in Dublin, London and Melbourne attract hundreds of participants from all over the world.
The Network model will see each Science Gallery generating exhibitions and programmes deriving from the local creative and scientific community, which can be shared through the global network and beyond, increasing public understanding and access to high quality science-art public engagement and at a significantly reduced programme cost-base for each individual gallery.
The second Science Gallery will open at King’s College London in 2018. The first Science Gallery in Asia will open in tech hub Bengaluru in 2018 in partnership with Indian Institute of Science, followed by the first Science Gallery in the southern hemisphere with University of Melbourne in 2018, followed by Science Gallery Venice at Ca' Foscari University of Venice.
DUBLIN - Open since 2008
Pioneered by Trinity College Dublin, the original Science Gallery has already engaged more than two million visitors with its vibrant programme. Having inspired the Global Network, the original gallery will play an ongoing role in supporting learning throughout the Network.
LONDON - Opening 2018
Based at King’s College London at a spectacular site in London Bridge beside the Shard, Science Gallery London will connect the university and hospital to the city, with a particular focus on social justice. The London team has already begun lead-in programming.
BENGALURU (BANGALORE) - Opening 2018
Science Gallery Bengaluru will offer an unprecedented opportunity for Science Gallery to inspire a wide spectrum of young adults. The renowned Indian Institute of Science will be the lead partner, alongside the National Centre for Biological Sciences and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology as collaborative partners. Lead-in activity has already commenced through workshops in Bengaluru.
MELBOURNE - Opening 2018
To be located at the intersection of Swanston and Grattan Streets, and offering the community free dynamic exhibitions and absorbing programming, it is envisaged that Science Gallery Melbourne will act as the ‘front door’ to the University of Melbourne’s new innovation precinct, Carlton Connect.
VENICE - Opening 2018
Science Gallery Venice is an important addition to the Network as it will revitalise interdisciplinarity in the world’s leading centre for contemporary art and architecture, reclaim the city of Venice for its own citizens and the significant student population, and bring research expertise in climate change and sustainability to the Network.
Advanced discussions and feasibility studies are underway to establish further galleries at locations in the USA, South East Asia and Europe. Once fully active this Network will reach millions of curious minds every year.
We will also be introducing our new SG Labs format in 2017, a new, lightweight model for activating the Science Gallery approach in any city worldwide in partnership with leading academic and cultural partners. Requiring less long-term commitment than a gallery, and being more responsive to its context than a touring exhibition, SEED is both a rapid and relevant way to enable young adults to tackle the challenges and opportunities facing their communities creatively. It can act as a standalone activity or a lead in activity for the development of a permanent Science Gallery.
Watch this space!