Joyce Hinterding, Floric Antenna 1 (Orange Lichen study) detail, 2018 Eraphite on glass, wood, custom cables, mixer headphones 85 × 85 cm

Joyce Hinterding, Floric Antenna 1 (Orange Lichen study) detail, 2018 Eraphite on glass, wood, custom cables, mixer headphones 85 × 85 cm

About ANAT

For the past 30 years from its home base in Adelaide, South Australia, the Australian Network for Art & Technology has been at the forefront of the global uptake of artists working with the science and technology sectors.

After years of being known informally as ANAT, we’ve now formalised the name, engendering a great and unanimous sigh of relief among name-badge printers everywhere.

 

WHAT WE DO

ANAT expedites experimentation and innovation across art, science and technology by identifying opportunities and delivering projects that enable artists to contribute meaningfully to Australia’s reputation for creativity, diversity and innovation.

ANAT is the early adopter of the Australian arts sector. We introduce artists to new experiences, with partners drawn from areas with limited exposure to the transformative power of the arts. We do the trial and error R&D so that others don’t need to. We channel experimental artists and those working with emerging forms into the broader arts sector.

ANAT understands that experimentation is the bedrock of innovation and that harnessing diverse perspectives and knowledge is central to Australia’s research future.

Collaboration is in ANAT’s DNA. We forge relationships across industry, academia, the community and government to create unique opportunities for artists. We deliver residencies, symposia, workshops and other professional pathways, supported by robust national and international networks.

 

Board

The ANAT Board is responsible for ensuring that ANAT’s strategic vision and mission are actively connected to ANAT’s operations. The Board is supported in this by three subcommittees focused on Risk, Development and Human Resources. The Board is made up of duly elected members of ANAT. Additional members may also be co-opted within the guidelines of the ANAT constitution.

Michael Nelson portrait

MICHAEL NELSON

NSW | Chairperson |

Michael works with international information provider LexisNexis. For a decade prior to that, he was senior manager at Sheahan Lock Partners, a multidisciplinary insolvency practice, focusing on forensic investigation and complex litigation. Before that, he spent 15 years working as a marketing and communications specialist in the performing arts arena, including time with the Adelaide Festival Centre, the Adelaide Festival of Arts and Australian Dance Theatre, and the Federal Department of Communications, IT and the Arts.

David Anders portrait

DAVID ANDERS

QLD |

David has 23 years’ information security and privacy experience and is currently independently consulting following on from his time at the Flight Centre Travel Group, where David was the Global Chief Information Security Officer and the Global Data Protection Officer. Prior to this, David worked with national and international consulting firms in areas including IT forensics and fraud investigation.

Professor Christopher Fluke portrait

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER FLUKE

VIC |

Chris is the Director of the Advanced Visualisation Laboratory at Swinburne University of Technology, having worked in Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing for nearly 20 years. Chris is an interdisciplinary researcher who has actively collaborated with sports scientists and molecular biochemists, while also publishing works on fundamental astrophysics, computing technologies, and solutions to big data visualisation challenges in astronomy. Chris has an established history of arts/science partnerships, including hosting artists through the ANAT Synapse Residencies program. He was awarded a Victoria Fellowship in 2000 and was a co-recipient of the 2015 David Allen Prize for ‘exceptional achievement in astronomy communication’.

CAROLINE FARMER

VIC |

Caroline is a consultant working in private practice. She specialises in executive coaching, strategic planning, cultural diagnosis and change. She has worked with clients in a broad range of industries and sectors including health, sport, cultural and community sectors, and draws on diverse experiences working across the NGO, government and university sectors. Prior to life as a consultant, Caroline worked as a senior manager and innovative leader in the arts and cultural sector in Australia for almost 20 years. These roles took her around Australia and the world, where she worked in partnership with innovators in the public, private and commercial sectors.
Currently on leave.

BRAD DARKSON

SA |

Brad Darkson is a South Australian visual artist currently working across various media including sound, sculpture, multimedia installation, and painting. Brad's practice is regularly focused on site specific works, and his current research interests include technology, surveillance, identity, ritualised human behaviour, and the neo-capitalist hellhole we're all forced to exist within. Conceptually Brad's work is often informed by strong ties to both his Narungga First Nations and Anglo Australian heritage.

Liz Hughes portrait

LIZ HUGHES

NSW |

Liz is a trusted and innovative senior executive in the creative, cultural and education sectors. She is Director Creative Enterprise at UNSW: Art & Design, a strategic role to drive interdisciplinary collaboration, engage industry and government partners, and to expand the role of creativity. Previously she was Director Partnerships and Development and Director AFTRS Open at the Australian Film Television and Radio School, responsible for 300+ short courses annually, international partnerships, diversity initiatives and business development. Additionally, Liz was Executive Director and Artistic Director of Experimenta, overseeing its transformation and pivotal positioning in the media arts landscape, and had an award-winning filmmaking career.

Dr Erica Seccombe portrait

DR ERICA SECCOMBE

ACT |

Erica is a visual artist and lecturer at the ANU School of Art & Design. Her interdisciplinary practice spans traditional and photographic print media and drawing to experimental digital platforms using frontier scientific visualisation software. Since 2006 she has been an artist and resident researcher at the ANU Department of Applied Mathematics and Vizlab, NCI, and was a 2010 Synapse Residency recipient. Erica’s PhD GROW: experiencing Nature in the Fifth Dimension was a practice-led research project investigating time-resolved (4D) micro-X-ray Computed Tomography through immersive stereoscopic digital projection installations and 3D printing.

Professor Ted Snell portait

PROFESSOR TED SNELL AM CitWA

WA |

Ted is Chief Cultural Officer and Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia. Over the past four decades he has made a significant contribution to the national arts agenda. A former Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, he is currently Chair of the Fremantle Biennale Advisory Board and a member of the board of the UQ Art Museum. He has published several books and has curated numerous exhibitions, many of which document the visual culture of Western Australia. Ted is a commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television and writes regularly for The Conversation online journal.

Vicki Sowry portrait

VICKI SOWRY

Director, ANAT | SA | vicki@anat.org.au

Vicki has initiated and delivered professional and creative development programs for artists, in partnership with industry, government and academia, for over 25 years. She contributes to national sector development through advocacy and governance roles and is a Peer Assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts South Australia.

Staff

The staff at ANAT deliver ANAT’s mission to engage with art, science and technology to enable and influence cultural, community and economic developments. Their experience, dedication and creativity, focused on a shared vision, ensure the success of ANAT’s ground-breaking programs.

Vicki Sowry portrait

VICKI SOWRY

Director | vicki@anat.org.au

Vicki has initiated and delivered professional and creative development programs for artists, in partnership with industry, government and academia, for over 25 years. She contributes to national sector development through advocacy and governance roles and is a Peer Assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts South Australia.

Jenn Brazier portrait

JENN BRAZIER

Program Coordinator | jenn@anat.org.au

Jenn Brazier is a practicing photomedia artist with a Bachelor of Visual Art, majoring in Photography and Digital Imaging. She has worked in the arts industry for over 15 years across a broad spectrum of the sector, including as Gallery Coordinator at a commercial gallery, Honours and Postgraduate Officer at the Creative Industries Faculty Research Office at QUT and most recently as Public Art Officer at the City of Adelaide where she initiated the Art Pod, Emerging Curator and Soundscape Programs. Jenn originally began her career in the arts at ANAT back in 2004 as Membership & Administration Officer. In 2017, she returned as Program Coordinator to focus on the delivery of projects that enable artists to push the boundaries of creative experimentation.

Carollyn Kavanagh portrait

CAROLLYN KAVANAGH

Marketing and Communications Coordinator | carollyn@anat.org.au

Carollyn Kavanagh is a content marketing professional, graphic designer and independent curator. She completed a Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies at Adelaide University and was awarded the Emerging Curator positions at both Arts South Australia and the Adelaide City Council in 2014. Originally a senior print designer at Advertiser NewsMedia, Carollyn was the Communications and Design Officer with local peak body Guildhouse. Her curatorial practice focuses on presenting public art experiences in non-traditional gallery spaces, particularly in roles with South Australian Living Artist (SALA) Festival, Adelaide Airport and the arts and health cross-sector interdisciplinary exhibition and public projections, Body of Evidence.

Steven Pickles portrait

STEVEN PICKLES

Technical Officer | pix@anat.org.au

Steven Pickles, aka Pix, is a founding member of Hackerspace Adelaide. After getting a degree in Computer Science, he quickly fell in with the wrong crowd and spent a decade helping artists build interactive installations for the European new media art festival circuit. His work has given him a unique perspective on the relationship between technology and the arts, backed up by an enduring fascination with all things geeky.

Petra Elliot

PETRA ELLIOTT

Administration Coordinator | petra@anat.org.au

Petra completed a BA in Acting for Screen and Stage in 2000. Since then she has been involved in many creative projects in Canberra and Melbourne, across multiple streams including theatre, tv, improvisation, puppetry, cabaret, children's entertainment, and live music. In 2013 she joined the Splendid Chaps team with the eponymous 'smash hit' podcast, and went on to create Night Terrace, a sci-fi comedy audio series, with 2 seasons being broadcast by BBC Radio 4 Extra in 2019. Alongside these creative projects her corporate career has been just as varied, working in many sectors including Financial Regulation, Law Enforcement/Intelligence, Executive Recruitment, Construction, Retail and Hospitality/Tourism. She is currently in production for a third season of Night Terrace and developing a new cabaret with assistance from the City of Melbourne's Quick Response grants.