Collaboration between the arts and sciences creates new knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial to both fields. ANAT’s art/science residencies support research partnerships between artists and scientists, and provide artists with an unparalleled opportunity to contribute meaningfully to contemporary scientific research. Hosted by Australian research organisations, the residencies lead to profound artistic and professional development outcomes, while contributing to a growing evidence base attesting to the value of interdisciplinary approaches to solving complex research questions.

First delivered in 1999 ANAT’s art/science residencies build engagement between artists and scientists. In the time since, ANAT has supported over 100 artists and scientists to participate in interdisciplinary research residencies.

In addition to the prestigious Synapse program, ANAT is increasingly approached by science and research partners to deliver bespoke artist’s residencies in their institutions. Please get in touch with us if this is something you are interested in discussing or pursuing (see below for contact details).

2020 ANAT Synapse Residencies

Niki Sperou, Green Plastic – Blue Ocean (2020), marine biopolymer material. Photograph Niki Sperou.

Niki Sperou, Green Plastic – Blue Ocean (2020), marine biopolymer material. Photograph Niki Sperou.


Artist Niki Sperou and Professor Wei Zhang will work together at Flinders University’s Centre for Marine Bio-products Development to research experimental biomaterials and the utilisation of marine seaweed bio-polymers in the development of biodegradable bioplastics.

Read Niki’s blog here

Read about Niki’s residency in this article from The Advertiser



Deirdre Feeney, Hollow Lens (2019), steel, LCD screens, water, glass, aluminium, stepper motor, pump, rasberri pi, arduino, LED. Dimensions variable. © Deirdre Feeney. Photo: Andrew Sikorski


Artist Dr Deirdre Feeney will build on her previous work at the ANU Research School of Physics with physicist, Dr Geoff Campbell, to further explore innovative applications of optics and the feasibility of physically generating projected images.

The artists will begin their residencies soon. Stay tuned for more details


ANAT Synapse Residencies 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | OLDER

The ANAT Synapse program is made possible through the generous support of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.


2020 ANAT SAHMRI Residency

SAHMRI. Photograph Meghan Coles. Image courtesy SAHMRI.

SAHMRI. Photograph Meghan Coles. Image courtesy SAHMRI.

ANAT is excited to announce a new art + science residency in partnership with the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), with additional research support from Health, Law and Emerging Technologies at the University of Melbourne.

The ANAT SAHMRI residency is an opportunity for an artist to engage with issues around the ownership and governance of DNA material. In particular, the residency will facilitate interdisciplinary knowledge generation focused on the myriad ethical, philosophical, legislative and other frameworks that inform the status of DNA material once it leaves its originating body.

The selected artist will work with Dr Jimmy Breen, leader of the SAHMRI Bioinformatics Platform. Dr Breen’s group develops computational tools to enable the analysis of large, complex genomics datasets. Dr Breen’s current research interests include developing methods for clinical cancer sequencing (in collaboration with the SAHMRI Leukaemia research group) and investigating epigenomic gene regulation in human reproductive tissues, such as the Placenta.

Dr Carolyn Johnston, Senior Research Fellow in law and biotechnology at Health, Law and Emerging Technologies ([email protected]) at the University of Melbourne, will also contribute to the residency. Dr Johnston’s research into the legal issues arising from large-scale infrastructure such as biobanks and data-sharing networks will be of particular relevance and value to the residency.

We anticipate the residency timeline to be as follows but this may change:

3 August – 30 October 2020 – 2 days/week, from artist’s home/studio/office
November 2020 – 2 week in-situ at SAHMRI, Adelaide
December 2020 – January 2021 – 1 day/week, from artist’s home/studio/office
February 2021 – 2 week in-situ at SAHRMI, Adelaide

ANAT will pay the successful artist a fee of $12,760, and will contribute towards documentation and project materials, and travel and accommodation expenses if required.

The residency is open to Australian artists working in any art form.

Applicants should note the ANAT SAHMRI residency has a creative research focus, with artists dissuaded from anticipating specific outcomes at the onset. As such, the residency is not required to directly result in the production of new work.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are encouraged to apply.

Tertiary students, including PhD candidates, are ineligible to apply if the proposed residency in any way contributes to the achievement of their academic qualification. Contact us if you are unsure.

Artist’s professional track-record
Proposed creative project focus
Anticipated benefits to both the artist and SAHMRI

Since 2004, ANAT has brought artists and scientists together in research partnerships that have generated new knowledge, ideas and processes.

ANAT’s residencies have involved Australian science organisations hosting artists in situ, leading to profound artistic and professional development for the participants, as well as building a sustainable support base for interdisciplinary creative collaboration in Australia.

In 2020, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, ANAT is offering home/studio/office-based residencies as a way to continue to support artists during this time of social distancing and similar restrictions.


  1. Familiarise yourself with the research undertaken by Dr Jimmy Breen and Dr Carolyn Johnston.
  2. Complete the online application form here.

The application requires:

1. A description of what you want to focus your research on (up to 500 words)
2. A statement about how you expect to benefit from the residency (up to 200 words)
3. Your artist’s CV (of no more than TWO pages)
4. Support material that best demonstrates your artistic practice
THREE examples (up to 5mb in total and/or URL’s) can include images, video, audio etc.


You will be notified of the outcome of your application by Friday 10 July 2020.

For further information, or to arrange a time to discuss your application, please contact Vicki Sowry, ANAT Director: [email protected]


ANAT is a global leader in brokering opportunities for artists to work with the science and technology sectors. We do this because we believe artists are essential contributors to how we imagine and shape our future.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)
SAHRMI is South Australia’s flagship health and medical research institute. SAHMRI’s vision is to create and deliver evidence-based, optimised, precision health care solutions for all Australians, across their life course, with a particular focus on greater living.

Health, Law and Emerging Technologies, University of Melbourne ([email protected])
[email protected] was established at the University of Melbourne’s Law School in 2017 in order to progress research into the legal and regulatory frameworks for new health technologies, including genomics, stem cell research, gene editing and digital health.