Alicia Sometimes, Particle Wave, Cloud Chamber. Image Andrew Watson.

Alicia Sometimes, Particle Wave, Cloud Chamber. Image Andrew Watson.


Comprising an academic symposium, exhibitions, live performance, workshops and a public talks program, ANAT SPECTRA 2021 is a biennial festival showcasing the best research and creative work being produced through collaborations between Australian and New Zealand artists and scientists.

5 – 10 October 2021
University of Melbourne’s Southbank Campus & surrounds

Call for Papers:
March 2021

Deadline for abstracts:
June 2021

Notification of acceptance:
July 2021 

Collaboration between the arts and sciences contributes to the creation of knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial across both disciplines. Artists and scientists approach creativity, exploration and research in different ways and from different perspectives; when working together they open up new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world around us.

ANAT SPECTRA explores this increasing convergence of art and science and considers how each area impacts the other and how, together, they shed light on who we are and where we’re heading.


ANAT SPECTRA 2021 celebrates and acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land on which we work, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and acknowledge First Nations people as our first artists and scientists.