New Media Arts

Trajectories III: Call for Proposals

Price: FREE

This is a free event and open to all, so no ticket is required.

About this event

We are now inviting submissions of artworks for the Trajectories III programme.

Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Sunday 15 December 2019

A free training session on how to make a successful proposal will take place on Wednesday 27 November at 6pm at Watermans. Applicants are encouraged to attend, if you are interested please send an email to

Trajectories is an exciting three-year programme of thematic events exploring the potential of creative learning and making, helping us engage critically with current and future issues of the world.

How do these subjects help bridge ideas, challenge our perspectives of viewing the world, and contribute to society? Art, design, and technology support vital skills needed for a thriving society, throughout education and beyond: critical thinking, problem solving, the ability to engage creatively with social issues, among others. They help us understand and give meaning to the world we live in.

The Trajectories programme showcases ground breaking new work and provides an opportunity for academics, creative practitioners, students and audiences to consider these themes and engage in critical discussions about the state, role and importance of art, design and technology.

Trajectories I  (CLICK HERE) explored technology and the nature of truth.  The programme included a day of talks investigating how art and art education can help us reflect and engage critically with the moral and ethical debates of our time, yet also help us navigate through a complex technological world.

Trajectories II (CLICK HERE) focused on visible and invisible infrastructures of the world we live in, that we are surrounded and immersed within and have in most cases no choice than to accept. Wi-fi coverage, social media algorithms, invisible flows, data – can technology reject us? Control us? Does it have a poetical or spiritual dimension? Are we trapped within a system or – on the contrary –  are we in charge?

Trajectories III

Proposals are invited for an exhibition and/or workshops from recent graduates or current postgraduate students studying on a MA/MFA/PGDip/PhD or equivalent course in the UK.  Works can include new media art, digital art/design, interaction design and similar. 

Watermans will provide assistance for installation, transport and an honorarium.

Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Sunday 15 December 2019



Proposals will be accepted from artists within three years of graduating and current students on an MA/MFA/PGDip/PhD or equivalent course.

This will be a group exhibition; applicants should therefore consider how their proposal would fit alongside other artworks.

Proposed artworks should be no larger than 2m x 2m x 2m.


Key Dates

Call for proposal opens: 4 November 2019

Deadline for submissions: 15 December 2019

Notification of successful applicants: late January 2020

Installation:  16 – 24 March 2020

Exhibition Opens: 25 March 2020

Exhibition Closes: 24 May 2020

De-installation: 25 & 26 May 2020 


Please send your proposals via email to with subject line ‘Trajectories III Open Call’.

Proposals should include the following:

– Artist’s name

– Artwork title, description, dimensions, medium

– Artist’s CV

– Artist’s statement

– Max of 6 images of the proposed artwork

– For video-based submissions, please send still images and links to online viewable videos. These should be open access. If a password is required, please state this within the email alongside the link.

Please DO NOT send wetransfer links or google drive links, etc.



Works for the exhibition will be selected by a curatorial panel. Successful applicants will be notified by email by the end of January 2020. Due to the large number of applications we may not be able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.


About Watermans

Watermans is the major arts centre in West London and an independent charity with a wide outreach programme. We house an independent cinema, 250-seat theatre, contemporary art gallery and creative spaces for the community. There’s a year-round programme of film, children’s theatre, performing arts such as cabaret and comedy, and a cutting-edge year-round programme of exhibitions showing the work of leading digital and new media artists. We’re a social enterprise which means that any money we make is ploughed back into providing events and opportunities to take part for the whole community.


Our mission is to bring communities together through cultural participation.

This is a free event and open to all, so no ticket is required.


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