Art and Plant Biotechnology

Artist-in-Residence at the IBMCP (Institute for Plant Molecular and Cell Biology at Valencia, Spain)

Come to the IBMCP to work at the intersection of your artistic discipline and plant biotechnology

Call closed on November 15, 2023

Submit your proposal (closed call)

Closed Call

The AR(t)IBMCP 2024 call is the second edition of the Artist-in-Residence Program launched by the IBMCP, intended to promote interdisciplinary exchange between artists and scientists.

This edition of AR(t)IBMCP is organized in collaboration with the CCCC (Carme Contemporary Culture Center of Valencia, Spain), with the support of the FECYT (Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology).

The main objective of AR(t)IBMCP is to provide an experimental and collaborative platform for creative thinkers to explore the potential of plant biotechnologies by creating artwork at the interface between Art, Science, and Technology, and then promote it through outreach.

The content of the artwork will be related to the research carried out at IBMCP, a research center working on plant biotechnology, thus allowing to explore new ways of communication about the achievements made at that center.

The artist will have scientific tutoring through collaborations with researchers from different laboratories, so that experience with biology and laboratory tools and processes is not required.

We are looking for an innovative trans-disciplinary project that explores new visions of the role of plant biotechnology in agriculture and extends beyond the fields of art and science, approaching, for example, ethics and social responsibility issues.

We welcome proposals from people of all backgrounds, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, age, or ability.

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Instituto de Biología Molecular y Celular de Plantas

The Institute for Plant Molecular and Cell Biology at Valencia, Spain

The Institute for Plant Molecular and Cell Biology, IBMCP is a non-for-profit, public research institution, with over 30 years of history, which strives to respond to global challenges faced by humanity, such as producing more food with less consumption of resources, growing crops that are better adapted to climate change, producing vaccines and plant-based medications, and recovering the traditional flavor of tomatoes among the current varieties, to name a few examples.

The Institute carries out both basic and applied research in a wide variety of crops, including citrus trees, tomatoes, rice, melon and broccoli, among others.

This has made IBMCP a benchmark research center in biology and biotechnology at the international level, with one sole objective: to advance knowledge aimed at unraveling the secret of the life of plants, in order to get more productive and sustainable crops and healthier, higher quality foods.

Terms of collaboration

What we offer to the artist

A workspace at IBMCP for up to 6 months, and in situ scientific tutoring by IBMCP staff as scientific mentors, allowing the artist to discover from within different research projects, their objectives, and the scientific methods and experimental approaches used. In addition, the pertinent security training will be provided.

A grant of € 6,000 for the artist.

Up to € 8,000 for production expenses.

Up to € 7,000 for travel, board and lodging.

The dissemination of the project in publications and networks of the IBMCP and the CCCC.

The opportunity to show prototypes and the final artwork at show exhibitions at the CCCC in Valencia.

All ownership and any other rights on the artwork are in the hands of the artist.

What we expect from the artist

To create an artwork related to the research carried out at IBMCP which opens up new perspectives in the field of interaction of Art, Science, Technology, and Society.

To give a conference at the start and another one at the end of the residency at IBMCP.

To maintain a public blog provided by IBMCP to document the artistic/scientific experience of the artist and her process of working during the residency.

To attend the setting up and presentation of the final exhibition of the artwork at the CCCC of Valencia.

To include the recognition that the artwork was developed in the AR(t)IBMCP Artist-in-Residency Program in cooperation with the IBMCP and the CCCC in all its future exhibitions and documentation.


Download this PDF with all the details of AR(t)IBMCP, including the structure of the residency, the schedule, the application process, and the resolution of the call.

Submit your proposal (closed call)

Deadline (November 15, 2023)

Documents Requested

Registration form filled out and signed, accessible here.

Detailed description of the artistic work that will be researched and will be created as a part of the residency.

Brief description of the artist’s expectations with respect to the collaboration with the scientists, as well as necessary resources.

Project production plan for artistic research, timeline and cost estimation.

CV and portfolio that shows the selected works of the artist.

Application process

The call is open to artists (over 18 years old) from any country working in any field.

The documents requested may be written in Spanish or English.

The documents requested must be submitted through email to

A confirmation of registration will be sent by email as soon as all of the required documentation has been received.

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