ANAT is calling for applications from artists and scientists for our prestigious Synapse Residency program, which since 2004 has supported creative research collaborations between more than 100 artists and scientists.

Synapse involves Australian science organisations hosting artists in residence, leading to profound artistic and professional development for the participants, as well as building a sustainable support base for interdisciplinary creative collaboration in Australia.

Synapse brings artists and scientists together in research partnerships that generate new knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial to both fields. A distinguishing feature of the residencies is their creative research focus, with applicants dissuaded from anticipating specific outcomes at the outset.

Who can apply?
Residencies are open to Australian artists working in any discipline and/or medium, with the residencies to take place over 16 weeks full-time (or part-time equivalent) during 2019.

To ensure a good fit between the artist and host organisation, a joint application must be submitted. It is the responsibility of the applicants to establish contact and to identify the nature of the proposed research collaboration prior to application.

Residencies may also be approached as a platform for testing and informing a longer-term research project suitable for submission to the ARC Synapse Linkage program.

Guidelines, including an application cover sheet, can be downloaded here


This is a highly competitive program and it is strongly recommended that you discuss your project proposal with us prior to application. To do so, or if you have any questions, please contact:

Vicki Sowry
ANAT Director
Tel +61 8 8231 9037
[email protected]

Image: 2018 ANAT Synapse residency participant Natalie Alima, BioHybrids. Large scale 3D printed fabricated out of Wooden biodegradable PLA.


ANAT is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, the South Australian Government through Arts SA and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of Federal and State Governments. The Synapse 2019 residency program is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, which supports Australia’s writers, artists, publishers and arts organisations.

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