This project has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 programme, grant no 730411



Mining has supplied the metals for the development of human culture since metallic tools were manufactured in the Bronze Age. We mine greater quantities than ever before and we are using more diverse Earth materials to build low carbon technological futures. Ultimately, the transition to a low carbon future requires replacement of polluting fossil fuel industries by more mines, of different types and in more places. But mining has negative associations for many people, due to environmental damage, accidents and the actions of unscrupulous operators. Many mines are today operating without controversy, acting to minimize environmental perturbations (or even to improve biodiversity) and supporting local communities. This call, funded by IMP@CT*, is designed to create dialogues around how our modern behaviours demand that the extractive industries provide resources without damaging the planet.


*The European Union invests in research to secure supplies of responsibly sourced raw materials and funds the IMP@CT Project (Grant no 730411). The project investigates methods of small-scale and short duration mining using the latest innovations in extraction and processing, placed within environmental and societal framings. For more information about the project please see or contact Dana Finch at


We are asking artists to respond to the following concepts:

  • Mining for raw materials,

  • Telluric voids,

  • The meaning of a mine

  • Narratives of extraction

  • The conversation between self, material consumption and Earth


Applicants are welcome to introduce their own themes as long as they are relevant to the subject matter. We are looking for proposals that will engage the public, stimulate debate and create new ideas about mining in the future.


The successfully chosen works will be exhibited in Cornwall, at Heartlands, Redruth, which is a World Heritage Mining Site, and is the location for the conference. The exhibition may then travel to other related sites of the IMP@CT Project, including in Bosnia, Serbia, France, Finland and Germany. If your proposal is not suitable for exhibition indoors please suggest the type of location in which it would work. If it includes interaction with members of the public a risk assessment should also be included. Public liability insurance will be provided by the University of Exeter during the exhibition but artists should insure their own work against loss or damage.


Brexit will not affect funding of this project.