Redell Olsen – 2020/21 DARE Art Prize winner

Redell Olsen is a writer and visual artist whose work includes poetry, bookworks, performance and film. She is Director of the Poetics Research Centre at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she lectures on poetry and the visual arts and supervises practice-based research.  

Redell’s proposal includes the creation of a new song cycle and film, using scientific data measuring different species of insects in our skies. This will be both an artwork and a contribution to the research of the University of Leeds’ BioDAR unit, by exploring alternative ways to represent climate change and the risk of species extinction.


Anna Ridler 2018/19 DARE Art Prize winner

Anna is an artist who explores the meeting of human perception and Artificial Intelligence. Working with scientists at the University, she is exploring the functions of memory and the roles of the left and right sides of the brain, and how their operation might be embodied in a work of art.  See here for further information.

“The thinking and experiences of artists and scientists are often thought to be mutually exclusive, however the collaborative proposals submitted for the DARE prize not only show that this is not the case, but reveal the beauty and excitement of a symbiotic creative relationship between the two fields. I was surprised and delighted by the ingenuity and imagination that was shown by all of the applicants. Shortlisting was an educational and thoroughly enjoyable experience.” Professor John Ladbury, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Biological Sciences at the University of Leeds.


Samuel Hertz – 2017/18 DARE Prize Winner

Samuel, a composer who is based in Berlin and San Fransisco,  spent a year working with researchers from the University of Leeds, staff at Opera North and artists from across Europe to create a piece of electro-acoustic chamber music to be revealed in Leeds in February 2019.  The piece will be “felt rather than heard” and will examine how that will affect an audience’s mood and feelings.

“My collaborative research and development with staff at the University of Leeds, Opera North, and other organisations such as The Tetley in Leeds and National Science and Media Museum in Bradford was continuously rewarding and surprising. I consistently engaged in dialogues with creative researchers, artists, and engineers, and this project has proven to be incredibly fruitful in my imaginings of spaces of low-frequency sound and planetary sensuality.”  Samuel Hertz.

THE BIG BANG and what we left behind. Published July 2019. Read Sam’s essay here.

Read Sam’s blogs here.

Read about the Tetley residency and performances of new work here.

February 2018 press release here.


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