Gluon & Snowball are inviting artists to submit work for its upcoming exhibition and auction event, due to be from October 23rd till November 29th at Snowball in Harelbeke (BE).

The exhibition & auction is aimed at:
– advocating the UN Sustainable Development Goals on Climate in a unique, accessible and inspiring way,
– providing a platform to contemporary visual artists and artworks on the topic,
– welcoming 1000+ visitors to the exhibition and 150+ collectors to the auction event,
– fostering new alliances between public and private stakeholders, at the nexus of science, technology and digital innovation

In partnership with Brussels-based platform Gluon, Snowball is part of the Regional STARTS Centres network initiated by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. Via a program of artist residencies, exhibitions and events we aim to foster new alliances between the cleantech sector and the world of arts and culture.


Venue: the exhibition and auction will be hosted at the premises of Snowball in Harelbeke (BE), designed by award-winning architects Govaert & Vanhoutte
Duration: the exhibition opens for the public on Wednesday October 23rd 2019. It closes with an auction on Friday November 29th
Audience: We expect to welcome 1000+ visitors and will invite 150+ art collectors for the auction event
Proceeds: Should the reserve price of your artwork be met, the proceeds will be shared 70/30 between the artist and Snowball. The proceeds of Snowball will be allocated to a new artist residency aimed at the production of a new artwork, organised by Gluon


We welcome submissions from artists from all countries with artworks that meet the following conditions:

• All professional artists making work at the nexus of art, science and technology
• All mediums are eligible
• The submitted artwork should reflect on the theme of “Climate and/or Cleantech”
• Artists must have exhibited in an artist-run or alternative space, commercial or university gallery, or museum in the past three years
• Artwork submitted must have been completed since 2015. Graduate work is acceptable; undergraduate work not
• Artists can submit one (1) work

All submissions will be evaluated by a jury of experts according to the following criteria:

• Link with the general theme of the exhibition
• Creative exploration and experimental appropriation of new technologies/scientific knowledge
• Artistic quality, originality
• Technique and quality of the presentation

To participate all submissions should be done via the online application form. Incomplete submissions or submissions received after the submission deadline will not be accepted.


Submission deadline:
Tuesday September 17, 2019, 12:00 pm CET
Notification of acceptance: Friday September 20, 2019
Local drop-off artwork: Friday, October 18, 2019
Opening exhibition: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
End of exhibition and Auction night: Friday, November 29, 2019

Alexandra Vanhuyse, Co-Founder Snowball
Jan Leysen, TheArtCouch
Jennifer Beauloye, KANAL-Centre Pompidou
Mimi Dusselier, Art Collector
Phillip Van den Bossche, Curator
Ramona Van Gansbeke, Gluon

Contact info (at) gluon (dot) be

Regional STARTS Centres
The new initiative of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme focuses on promoting institutional centres that represent the STARTS philosophy by supporting collaborative practices between the fields of art, technology and industry. The consortium gathers 7 partners across Europe (Ars Electronica – AUS, The Centre for Fine Arts BOZAR – BE, French Tech Culture – FR, Made Group – GR, MEET – IT, the Film University Konrad Wolf Babelsberg – DE and GLUON – BE).

The Regional STARTS Centers project takes the opportunity to expand the STARTS initiative towards the regions. The consortium wants to reach sustainability by developing networks and public activities that strengthen collaborative practices between regional stakeholders in the fields of arts, industry and research. As the creativity of artists leads to more innovative ideas in the industry, the Regional STARTS Centers believe they are capable of imagining a more viable future for European societies. In total, the project will realise 211 networking events and activities.

More info:

Snowball is a state-of-the-art Cleantech hub in Harelbeke (BE), Belgium designed by award-winning architects Govaert & Van Houtte. The hub hosts a wide variety of Cleantech companies, each combining science and technology for the development of innovative solutions for a greener & cleaner planet. The Cleantech hub also provides an Accelerator to support and help grow Cleantech businesses. Stefan Grosjean, serial entrepreneur (most recently founder & CEO of Smappee) and patron of the arts, is the benefactor of Snowball.
Taking on the role of Regional STARTS in collaboration with GLUON and hosting artists, activities and events at the intersection of science, technology and the arts, is a natural extension for Snowball. High tech and scientific research & development is part of the DNA of the hub. Adding the 3rd dimension of the arts aims to enhance the reach and impact of the activities on-site, facilitate the dialogue between science and the civil society, and lay the foundation for future innovation.

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