FutureEverything Rapid Prototype Challenge 2010

Are you an artist, designer, maker working in the UK with an interest in the potential of technology to create artistic objects?

FutureEverything in partnership with the UK’s first Fab Lab invite expressions of interest for the Fab Lab Challenge from artists and designers working in all mediums.

FutureEverything Festival, formerly known as Futuresonic provides world premieres of astonishing artworks, an explosive city-wide music programme, and visionary thinkers from around the world across 4 festival strands - Art, Music, Ideas and Showcase. In 2009, the audience for the festival was 75,000, and the media footprint was 48.5 million (SKV).

FutureEverything and Manchester Fab Lab are, this year challenging 18 artists to produce a piece of work in the lab. The results will then be exhibited and auctioned off for charity during the FutureEverything festival.

The Challenge

The Fab Lab Challenge offers 18 artists each a full session in the lab to create a piece of work. Each session will be 8 hours long, and be preceded by a full induction and discussion with the Fab Lab team about your ideas for the work you wish to produce. The sessions will take place during the FutureEverything festival on 12, 13, 14th May and the work auctioned on Saturday 15th May. There will be 2 sessions daily, with each session supporting 3 artists in total.

You do not need to work with or have experience of digital or prototyping technologies, but currently work as an artist, designer or creative.

You should preferably have:

  • Excellent computer skills, including a good working knowledge of Inkscape, Google Sketch-up, Blender or you should be able to use 2D and 3D drawing packages that will allow you to export to .bmp .jpg and .stl files more info on the software page
  • Experience of working under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Experience of presenting and discussing work



To enter go to http://www.futureeverything.org/fablab (this event has now passed).


Each artist will receive full technical support from the Fab Lab Manchester team, and a selection of materials to work with, see Materials page. Applicants will need to cover their own attendance costs.


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