A Partnership for Uncertain Times features four exceptional South Australian artists working at the intersections of art, science and technology:


Co-developed by Dr Deirdre Feeney and ANAT, A Partnership for Uncertain Times is especially relevant to our contemporary times. The curatorial premise of ‘uncertainty’, references both the precarious and unpredictable nature of the world we live in, as well as the complexity and conjecture of creative research.

A Partnership for Uncertain Times seeks to place a spotlight on these South Australian contemporary artists who use cross-disciplinary fields to create artworks that critically engage with our complex and increasingly uncertain world.

The series is an exploration of process that includes a workshop and forum, an exhibition, artist Q&A as well as text and video essays. South Australian artist and photographer Taylor Parham visually documents the artists in their working spaces, whilst Click Films will be producing our 2023 edition of SPECTRAvision.

A Partnership for Uncertain Times

Newmarch Gallery, 16 June to 15 July, 2023
128 Prospect Road, Payinthi, South Australia

South Australian graphic designer Marchelle Matthew created the distinctive branding and comprehensive project catalogue. The publication includes imagery and details by the featured artists BRAD DARKSON, DEIRDRE FEENEY, NIKI SPEROU & CATHERINE TRUMAN.

The project’s focus on telling the story of process, included commissioned essays by Melissa DeLaney, ANAT CEO, Aushaf Widisto, emerging writer and ANAT Arts Administrator, Jessica Alice, Writers SA CEO and Deirdre Feeney, artist and project lead. South Australian videographer Click Films and photographer Taylor Parham were also commissioned to develop the video essays and documentary photography of the artists’ works-in-progress.

SEE the online A Partnership for Uncertain Times catalogue

Images: Niki Sperou, Apparently it’s a thing, 2022. John Blines, Data, Machine, Drawing, 2022. Deirdre Feeney, Object Image, 2019. Catherine Truman, Carrick Hill, 2022. Brad Darkson, Smart Object, 2021.

Continuing the Uncertainty project’s commitment to critical and authentic arts writing, Artlink Magazine commissioned this review feature by Jennifer Mills.

Read the Artlink review here

“For Melissa DeLaney, ANAT CEO, the year-long project offers a prototype for a deeper way of working, as shifting value systems emerge from the compound crises and uncertainties that surround us.” Jennifer Mills

The Arts South Australia funded collaboration between UniSA and ANAT has commissioned the featured artists to research and develop innovative and experimental artworks engaging with science and technology. The project focuses on creative research, placing emphasis on courageous experimental development over ‘perfecting’ finished artworks.

During 2023 we follow Brad, Deirdre, Niki and Catherine as they experiment with new processes. Telling the story of the evolution of these experimental artworks, with intimate glimpses into the artist’s studios and research process, culminating in a ‘work in progress’ exhibition with accompanying public program.

Featured artist’s projects:

BRAD DARKSON :: Never too hot
DEIRDRE FEENEY :: Perceptual Illusions
NIKI SPEROU :: MESH Interspecies Empathy

Deirdre Feeney, Perceptual illusions, work-in-progress at the micro-machining lab, Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF-SA). Photograph Taylor Parham.

The project launched with an in-person student-focused workshop on 22 October, 2022 at UniSA
Expanded Fields, Cross-disciplinary Practice in Uncertain Times #1 

Following in 2023 on 19 May, with an online forum, Uncertainty Across Expanded Fields of Practice #2. An event that was open to artists and researchers at any stage of practice, with the featured artists addressing their processes, as well as a range of topics including traditional First Nations land management using fire, depth-of-field exploration, inter-species empathy and altered landscapes.

Hosted by writer and advocate Jessica Alice, CEO of Writers SA, we examined the experimental methodology and DNA of the Uncertain Times project. In this participatory dialogue–a conversation for our times – guests were invited to ask a question or propose a talking point around the uncertainty of their practice.

The project’s finale featured an Artist Q&A Event with Deirdre Feeney, Niki Sperou and Catherine Truman, chaired by ANAT CEO Melissa DeLaney, where the artists discussed the collaborative process informing the exhibition.

Featured artist John Blines unfortunately withdrew from the project in late 2022.

A Partnership for Uncertain Times is an Arts South Australia funded collaboration between UniSA (University of South Australia) and ANAT (Australian Network for Art and Technology).

ANAT CEO Melissa DeLaney presenting during Expanded Fields, Cross-disciplinary Practice in Uncertain Times #1 workshop at UniSA.