20–30 September 2018

Festival of the Mind 2016

15-25 September 2016

The third Ideas Bazaar, hosted by multi-award winning performer and writer Christopher Green, took place in September 2015 and brought together academics and artists to talk creatively about our research.

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended and for all your brilliantly creative ideas that made the event such a success.

We’re now looking to support creative partnerships to collaborate on projects to be showcased at the third Festival of the Mind in 2016.

What is Festival of the Mind?

Festival of the Mind is a collaboration between the city and the University of Sheffield. It’s an 11-day festival where we share our most exciting research in inspiring and creative ways.

The third Festival of the Mind in September 2016 will showcase projects co-produced by our research staff and Sheffield’s cultural and creative industries. Together they’ll create a magical series of events for everyone to get involved with.

We’re looking to fund a number of projects to showcase during Festival of the Mind. These could be anything from a performance, talk, cultural event, public demonstration to an online initiative. Funding is available to help facilitate your ideas.

If you have a really great idea based on our research and need help to bring it to life, then this festival is for you.

Where will the festival take place?

The main venue will be the Festival of the Mind Spiegeltent in Barkers Pool, with other activities taking place in venues across the city such as the Millennium Galleries, Winter Gardens, Bank Street Arts and other pop-up venues.

Who will attend the festival?

Festival of the Mind is for everyone.

What are the Festival of the Mind themes?

Six themes have been identified for Festival of the Mind 2016 and we are looking for projects that can fit in to any one of them. These are:

  • Making
  • Journeys
  • Virtual
  • Local and global
  • Activism
  • Utopia/Placemaking

These themes will enable us to collaborate and bring the University’s amazing research to everyone in our city.

Funding and how to apply

If you have an idea or project that you wish to seek funding for please complete the application form below. You can apply for funding for anything between £500 and £5,000 (including VAT). Any project requesting over £5,000 will not be considered unless you are able to match the funding.

Festival of the Mind 2016 funding application form (Word document, 94KB)

The deadline for applications is 8 January 2016.

We won’t be able to consider any applications received after this date. The projects/ideas must take place during the festival dates (14-25 September 2016) and must be a joint collaboration between the University and an external partner in the city. The University’s Cultural Engagement Committee will meet in January to consider all applications and you will be notified by the end of February as to whether or not you have been successful.

We’ll also continue to provide further information about the Festival of the Mind 2016 via this website, as well as from the University’s Twitter feeds, using the hashtag #FestivalMind – so please be sure to follow @UniShefEngage, @sheffielduni, @sheffuniwhatson and @FestivalMind for updates.

For further information and queries please contact Polly Wilson: