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 34 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.

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

SA | Chairperson |

He/Him

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

DAVID ANDERS

QLD |

He/Him

David has 23 years security and privacy experience and is currently independently consulting following on from his time at the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) where David was the Global Chief Information Security Officer and Data Protection Officer. David was responsible for protecting information across FCTG, which consisted of over 40 companies across 100 countries. Prior to FCTG, David worked at BHP and a number of consulting firms and has significant national and international experience.

Professor Christopher Fluke portrait

PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER FLUKE

VIC |

He/Him

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’.

BRAD DARKSON

SA |

He/Him

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.

ANAT CEO Melissa DeLaney

MELISSA DELANEY

SA |

She/Her

Melissa's work dwells in the intersections of arts and cultural development, education and government, recreation, wellness, creative industries, technology and science, in work she sees as social sculpture.
A vital focus of the work and practice is collaboration, as a creative practitioner and also as a creative executive.
In addition to leading arts and cultural organisations, Melissa continues building an international creative practice, mostly interested in participatory forms - this includes residencies, programs and events, strategy as art, and making spaces for others to connect and be creative, active and social.

Professor Ted Snell portait

PROFESSOR TED SNELL AM CitWA

WA |

He/Him

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.

MEGAN KELLEHER

VIC |

She/Her

Megan is a PhD candidate and one of RMIT’s Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Pre‑Doctoral Fellows in the School of Media and Communication. The title of her thesis is ‘Blockchain Mapping and Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Observations at the interface between distributed consensus technology and Indigenous governance’. Megan is investigating whether the affordances of blockchain technology are culturally appropriate for Indigenous governance.

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.

ANAT CEO Melissa DeLaney

MELISSA DELANEY (She/Her)

Chief Executive Officer | melissa@anat.org.au

She/Her

Melissa's work dwells in the intersections of arts and cultural development, education and government, recreation, wellness, creative industries, technology and science, in work she sees as social sculpture.
A vital focus of the work and practice is collaboration, as a creative practitioner and also as a creative executive.
In addition to leading arts and cultural organisations, Melissa continues building an international creative practice, mostly interested in participatory forms - this includes residencies, programs and events, strategy as art, and making spaces for others to connect and be creative, active and social.
With post graduate qualifications in visual art and arts management, currently Melissa is undertaking a Master in Creative Industries through the University of Newcastle in NSW, Australia. Her recent practice is centred around creating systems of care and looking at networks, resources and influences through the (arc)hive. Melissa is certified in mindfulness meditation teaching and holds a graduate degree in Wellness through RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia).
Melissa was a Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Fellowship recipient as part of the Asialink Leaders Program, 2021 and a current peer assessor for the Australia Council for the Arts (2021-2023).

Jenn Brazier portrait

JENN BRAZIER

Program Manager | jenn@anat.org.au

She/Her

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 almost 20 years across a broad spectrum of the sector, including at Creative Industries, QUT, a commercial gallery and Public Art (Arts programming) at the City of Adelaide. Areas of interest in the support of artists and the cultural community include First Nations first as integral to planning & programming, experimental and cross-disciplinary practice, and, ways of working that celebrates, encompasses and values introversion.
Jenn originally began her career in the arts at ANAT back in 2004 as Membership & Administration Officer. In 2017 she returned to focus on programming that enables artists to push the boundaries of creative experimentation.

Carollyn Kavanagh portrait

CAROLLYN KAVANAGH

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

She/Her

Guiding the development and delivery of ANAT’s audience engagement, marketing and storytelling, Carollyn Kavanagh is a communications strategist, designer and independent curator practicing on Kaurna Country. She completed a Bachelor of Design at the University of South Australia and a Masters in Curatorial and Museum Studies at Adelaide University. Carollyn was awarded the Emerging Curator positions at both Arts South Australia and the Adelaide City Council in 2014. Previously, Carollyn was a Senior Print Designer at Advertiser News Media and Communications and Design Officer with local peak body Guildhouse.

Steven Pickles portrait

STEVEN PICKLES

Technical Officer | pix@anat.org.au

He/They

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.

AUSHAF WIDISTO

Arts Administrator | aushaf@anat.org.au

He/Him

Aushaf is an emerging writer, researcher, and arts administrator from Indonesia. He provides support across all ANAT departments, including business operations, marketing & communications, and programs.
Having received a Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning from Institut Teknologi Bandung and a Master of Cultural & Creative Industries from Monash University, Aushaf’s goal is to leverage arts and culture to create better cities and communities.
Outside ANAT, Aushaf is also working as a Research & Communications Assistant at Creative Economy Pty Ltd, a strategic advisory firm specialising in sustainable economic development and strategic development of cultural and creative industries. Previously, he has worked with Asialink Arts in the development of Regional // Regional, an initiative designed to seed and support cross-cultural collaborations between Australia and the Indo-Pacific.
Aushaf’s writing has been featured in numerous publications across the web, both under his real name and pen name Oswald Kyrre.