Current Program

ANAT & the Australian Wine Research Institute Artist‘s Residency

We’re delighted to announce the recipient of our new art + science residency in partnership with the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI). Congratulations to artist Elizabeth Willing! The Brisbane-based artist’s practice explores the sculptural and multisensory potential of food. Elizabeth’s work includes sculpture, installation, performance and participatory dining events that engage audiences through smell, taste, and touch.

Elizabeth will explore the synaesthetic harmony between the flavour of wines and the visual aesthetics of still and moving image. The artist, in collaboration with the staff at AWRI, will transform the sensory data of local South Australian wines into a ‘material language’ that can be used in the studio process. The goal is to consider how the intangible multi-sensory language of taste might be translated into visual forms. The artworks produced from the research will act as tools, which when paired with wines could potentially create the effect of a synaesthetic harmony, expanding the experience of both wine and artwork.

The AWRI is the Australian grape and wine industry’s research organisation. It supports a sustainable and successful grape and wine industry through world-class research, practical solutions and knowledge transfer. The AWRI will host Elizabeth at the Wine Innovation Cluster based in Urrbrae, Adelaide, where she will work with the AWRI’s flavour chemistry and sensory research teams, led by Dr Leigh Francis.
Read Elizabeth’s residency blog here
Image: Elizabeth Willing. Photograph David Kelly, courtesy Museum of Brisbane

2019 ANAT Synapse Residency

We were excited by the number and quality of applications received for our 2019 Synapse residency program, which is made possible through the generous support of Copyright Australia’s Cultural Fund. The panel had an especially difficult time making selecting just two projects from such a strong field of contenders. After much consideration and discussion, we are thrilled to announce the successful residents. Our congratulations to:

Andrea Rassell + Professor Vipul Bansal, NanoBioSensing Facility, RMIT University.
Artist Andrea Rassell will work with scientist Vipul Bansal to explore how filmmaking can be used to interrogate the social, cultural and ethical implications of nanoscale biosensing technologies.

Read Andrea’s ANAT Synapse Residency blog here

 Andrea Rassell, Wildly Oscillating Molecules of Unanticipated Momentum (video still) Image courtesy the artist.

Dr Trish Adams + Associate Professor Mirella Dottori, Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, University of Wollongong + Associate Professor Bryony Nayagam, Bionics Institute, University of Melbourne.

Artist Trish Adams will work with scientists Mirella Dottori and Bryony Nayagam on an open-ended investigation into human sensory systems and stem cell regeneration.

Read Trish’s ANAT Synapse Residency blog here

Image: An example of cultured neurons differentiated from human adult-derived pluripotent stem cells. Photograph M. Dottori. Image bottom:


2019/20 Australian Antarctic Divisions Arts Fellowship
Expressions of Interest CLOSEDThe 2019 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow will travel south on the icebreaker, Aurora Australis, on its final resupply voyage.Through our ongoing partnership with the AAD, ANAT will provide the successful Arts Fellow with financial support to assist towards additional expenses, such as medical screening, domestic air travel and accommodation costs in Hobart before and after their expedition.Announcement of the 2019 Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow is expected in November

Image: 2018/19 Australian Antarctic Fellows screenwriter Jane Allen and novelist Dr Jesse Blackadder.
Image courtesy Jane Allen and Jesse Blackadder.

2019 ANAT Synapse on Country residency

We’re delighted to announce the recipient of our pilot ANAT Synapse on Country residency. Congratulations to artist, performer and researcher, Dr Sarah Jane Moore!

Sarah Jane will work with research partner, Dr Laura Parker, who is the Indigenous Scientia Fellow at UNSW’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Through a combination of field trips, experiments and discussion with UNSW researchers, the residency will examine the cultural and scientific importance of the Baludarri Sydney Rock Oyster.

Research questions including: How has the Baludarri come to be? What are the stories of the Baludarri? What do we know about the Baludarri? What don’t we know? How are we connected to the Baludarri? How can we explore our connection to the Baludarri and how can we care for them? Can we connect to the family line of the Buladarri through Indigenous ways of knowing, seeing and being?

Read Sarah Jane’s ANAT Synapse on Country residency blog here

Image: Dr Laura Parker, Indigenous Scientia Fellow, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW; Dr Sarah Jane Moore, Artist in Residence, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW; Ms Vicki Sowry, Director, ANAT, photograph Dr Anne Galea.

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