Bio Design Award



The BAD Award, is BACK and the CALL is OPEN

After a forced silence in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions the CALL for 2022 is OPEN. Are you an artist or designer with a keen interest in the world of bio art and design, bio technology and the (life)sciences and willing to collaborate closely with a scientist, then this is for you. Make sure to send in your proposal before midnight (CET) of Tuesday 15 March via the application form and instructions which you'll find here. Like before we yearly offer !!!3!!! prizes of 25,000 euro each. The winners are selected by an independent international jury. As of this year the BAD Award is made possible by a collaborative consortium of Eindhoven based cultural partners: BioArt LaboratoriesDutch Design FoundationMU Hybrid Art House, and Next Nature. Furthermore, St Joost School of Art & Design joins the BAD Award as an education partner. The possibilities are many and cover numerous fields - from sustainability, food and health, to biotechnology, horticulture, and agriculture - from working with living materials to the ethics of biotech, and from molecules to the universe and every bio entity in-between, natural and synthetic.

Aim of the BAD Award

  • Stimulate interest, excitement and debate about the (life)sciences through original artistic practice in combination with cutting edge research;
  • examine the social, cultural and ethical contexts of the (life)sciences through the arts;
  • promote high-quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborations between art/ design and science/technology.

We invite designers and artists who are interested in bio art & design & graduated within the last five years in the field of art or design (at either master’s or bachelor’s level), to propose projects for collaborative work across disciplines.

Bio Art & Design Exhibition

Every year in winter, the three winning projects will be on show in the creative city of Eindhoven (The Netherlands), where they will be presented in a thematic exhibition alongside other bio art & design works. Explore last year's exhibition Evolutionaries online.