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2020 ANAT SAHMRI Residencies

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.


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.

Applicants must read the guidelines before applying

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If you have any questions, please contact:

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