ANAT Synapse Residencies

ANAT’s prestigious flagship program has supported creative research collaborations between more than 100 artists and scientists, since it was established in 2004. ANAT Synapse involves Australian science organisations hosting artists in residence, leading to profound artistic and professional development for the participants, while also building a sustainable support base for interdisciplinary creative collaboration in Australia.

ANAT Synapse brings artists and scientists together in research partnerships that generate new knowledge, ideas and processes beneficial to both fields. A distinguishing feature of the residencies is their creative research focus, with applicants dissuaded from anticipating specific outcomes at the outset.

Left, Alicia Sometimes. Right, Ross Manning, Spiral Sequence, 2013. Photograph Alex Cuff.

2023 ANAT Synapse Residents


Astro-Poetic Compositions is a collaboration between prominent astrophysicist Professor Tamara Davis (AM) and artist Alicia Sometimes exploring distance, mapping, composition and the measurement of the universe through the practices of language and symbolism. This collaboration seeks to understand how language both constructs and impedes scientific knowledge.

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian poet, multi-media artist and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems and more. She is director/co-writer of the art/science planetarium shows, Elemental and Particle/Wave.

Professor Tamara Davis is an astrophysicist and ARC Laureate Fellow at The University of Queensland with over two decades experience studying supernovae, black holes, and dark energy. She is currently leading the Australian Dark Energy Survey (OzDES), and will be the Deputy Director of the upcoming ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery. She is an avid communicator of science and now a regular guest host of ABC TV’s “Catalyst” science show, including the episode “Black Hole Hunters” which won the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award.

Alicia Sometimes, Dark Energy, image courtesy the artist.


Aerosol will creatively explore how art might provoke new thinking about living in, and interacting with, buildings and their indoor atmospheres. Informed by state-of-the-art science and technologies for monitoring air quality, as well as ventilating/filtrating indoor environment, Aerosol will produce DIY experiments in kinetic, immersive, and interactive art.

Ross Manning’s work facilitates interactions of light, physics, and sound. Repurposing technologies Manning creates dynamic sculptures and atmospheric installations. Stemming from Manning’s experimental music background, he employs a distinct audio-visual language that uses rhythm and repetition to connect sound, light, colour, and movement.

Dr Anna Tweeddale, investigator at HBI, is a registered architect and researcher with extensive experience in practice-led research and collaborating with artists across many disciplines (photography, dance/choreography, experimental music, illustration/printmaking, installation, and visual arts). Her collaboratively creative works have been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and she was a recipient of the BCC Lord Mayors Young and Emerging Arts Fellowship. Dr Tweeddale has also written extensively on art and architecture and given lectures and talks on art, architecture, and urban culture

Lidia Morawska is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia; the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health (ILAQH) at QUT, a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Air Quality and Health; a Co-Director in Australia for the Australia – China Centre for Air Quality Science and Management (ACC- AQSM); an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Environmental and Climate Research (ECI), at the Jinan University, Guangzhou, China; and a Vice- Chancellor Fellow, Global Centre for Clean Air Research (GCARE), University of Surrey, United Kingdom.

Ross Manning, Hyperbola (detail) 2019. Kyoto Arts Center, Japan. With the assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts Internatioanl Residency Program. Photograph SongGi.

For over thirty five years, from its home base, Tarndanya on Kaurna Country (Adelaide, South Australia), Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) continues to be the  national leader in the field of experimental arts and cross-disciplinary practice with science and technology partners. The not-for-profit organisation operates on a continuum with varying entry points, including residencies, workshops and triennial events. Engaging artists at every level of their creative research practice, sci-tech-art curious audiences and science and technology partners like universities and research facilities, ANAT believes in the essential role artists play across all areas of society.

ANAT is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, the South Australian Government through Arts SA and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of Federal and State Governments.

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